November 29: Dr. Grenetta Thomassey on Fracking

The Progressive Women of Charlevoix County are sponsoring another terrific lunchtime speaker. EVERYONE is welcome to come to this free event: men, women, members, non-members. It will be held on Tuesday, November 29, 12:30 to 2:00 at the Boyne District Library in Boyne City, Michigan. Bring a packed lunch if you wish (no catered lunch).

Dr. Grenetta Thomassey of the Tip of the MItt Watershed Council will speak about hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and other issues she is working on.

Dr. Thomassey joined Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council in June 2005. As Program Director, she works on matters related to implementing the Great Lakes Compact and statewide water use policy; Great Lakes Restoration; and a variety of local issues in our four-county service area. Prior to this, she taught Political Science and Environmental Policy at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She also taught at Northern Arizona University, where she earned her doctorate in 2003. Dr. Thomassey’s research is focused on state and local government policy; specifically interest groups and fresh water concerns. She has worked on issues related to the expansion of locks on the Upper Mississippi and Illinois rivers, as well as the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program. Her dissertation was a unique examination of groundwater management policies across the entire U.S., called “A Comparative Analysis of U.S. Groundwater Management Regimes: Testing an Ideal Type.” She has published several articles and book chapters, and is the primary author and researcher for a book called Fresh Water Issues, published in 2003. The book has companion articles that are regularly updated and included in an on-line database of Contemporary World Issues. She is also developing a new book on Chesapeake Bay, Everglades, and Great Lakes Restoration policy processes. You can get more information on the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council at

If you bring your lunch, be sure to arrive early so the speaker can begin promptly at 1.

Please RSVP by November 28: or 231-582-0416