State of Water Episode 22 is live! In this episode, we get a window into the world of Melissa DeSimone, the executive director of the Michigan Lakes and Streams Association. MLSA is a non-profit, state-wide organization dedicated to the preservation, protection and wise management of Michigan’s vast treasure of inland lakes and streams. They achieve their mission by supporting riparian associations as well as the collective and individual educational, stewardship and conservation initiatives of their members which include lake associations, concerned citizens, commercial and non-profit businesses as well as our public and private collaborative partners. Melissa shares the journey of how she found this work, and how the organization empowers Michigan residents to take the health of our inland lakes and streams into their own hands.

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Melissa DeSimone interviewed by Seth Bernard

Produced, edited and mixed by Dan Rickabus

Narrators – Alex Smith, Ben Darcie, Dan Rickabus, Jenny Jones, Angela Gallegos, Rachel Marco-Havens

Theme Music – Mike Savina, Seth Bernard & Dan Rickabus

Featured Music – “Say Yes to Now (instrumental)” by Dan Rickabus

Graphic – Dani Renwick of Charmellow Design