ANN ARBOR, MICH. (July 15, 2021) – Laura Rubin, director of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, has been named as one of two new members to the EPA’s Great Lakes Advisory Board. Rubin will serve as a representative for environmental non-governmental organizations. The other new appointee is Frank Ettawageshik, executive director of the United Tribes of Michigan. He will serve as a tribal representative.

The Great Lakes Advisory Board provides the EPA with recommendations on specific Great Lakes issues, including implementation of the federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which funds projects to clean up toxic pollution, restore fish and wildlife habitat, and reduce toxic algal blooms, and domestic implementation of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between the United States and Canada.

“I am honored to have been chosen to serve on the Great Lakes Advisory Board,” said Rubin. “I look forward to working with the Advisory Board members and the EPA to ensure that federal investments to restore the Great Lakes continue to tackle the most pressing threats to the lakes, as well as help communities that have been harmed by toxic pollution, harmful algal blooms, and unaffordable water. We have made great progress over the years, but serious threats remain – all of which are being exacerbated by climate change. I am excited to get to work.”

Since 2004, the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition has been harnessing the collective power of more than 160 groups representing millions of people, whose common goal is to restore and protect the Great Lakes. Learn more at or follow us on Twitter @HealthyLakes.