Stewart appointed to Great Lakes advisory panelA University of Wisconsin-Superior expert was named to the first Great Lakes Advisory Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
A University of Wisconsin-Superior expert was named to the first Great Lakes Advisory Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Richard Stewart is chairman of the Department of Business and Economics, and director of the Transportation and Logistics Research Center program at UWS.
Stewart, appointed to a two-year term, said he welcomes the chance to represent the area on this important advisory board.
“I’m significantly honored that I’m able to help out with this advisory board. The diverse representation that is on the board is very beneficial to making informed decisions on restoring the Great Lakes,” he said.
Stewart is one of 18 people representing a broad group of stakeholders named to the first Great Lakes Advisory Board, which will play a role in advising how the EPA spends $300 million to restore the Great Lakes for future generations.
Stewart said the board has an important mission to carry out and he has a special bond to the subject.
“I was born in and spent most of my life in Great Lakes states. The lakes are one of the most precious assets in the world,” he said. “Keeping these inland seas fresh and clean and environmentally healthy is critical to our nation’s overall health and the health of the ecosystems that surround the Great Lakes.”
Among Stewart’s many accomplishments, he was a captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve, as a merchant mariner commanded ocean-going ships, and managed a $300 million fleet of tankers and bulk vessels trading worldwide. He believes in protecting the water for everyone.
“Aldo Leopold created the concept of a Land Use Ethic and I believe we need a Great Lakes Use Ethic that establishes a stewardship for these bodies of water.
We hold these Great Lakes in trust for future generations,” he said.
For more information on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, visit http://www.glri.us.