Past Events

Our Spring Series

in partnership with 

Logo: Kent District Library

Oceans, Lakes, and Streams

Protecting Water Globally and Locally

PFAs and the health of our local watersheds. Lead in our municipal water. The state of the Great Lakes and our oceans. The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan is pleased to partner with the Kent District Library on a series that explores water issues regionally and globally, and how our community can be better stewards of this precious resource.


Kentwood Branch, Kent District Library

4950 Breton Rd SE, Kentwood, MI 49508

6:30-7:30 p.m.

Public invited. No reservations needed.

Free admission. Free parking.

Wednesday, April 10 

“State of the Oceans”

 with Dr. David E. Guggenheim, The Ocean Doctor



speaker photo of David-E-Guggenheim

Monday, April 15 

“State of our Ground Water”


Garret Ellison, MLive 

Drs. Gail Heffner and Dave Warners, Plaster Creek Stewards

Dr. Richard R. Rediske, Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI)

moderator: Elaine Sterrett Isely, West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC)



image of Garret Ellison on  Mackinac Bridge 2015
Image of Gail Heffner
Image of Dave Warners
speaker photo of Richard Rediske
image of Elaine Sterrett Isely

Wednesday, April 24 

“Learning from the Flint Water Crisis”

with Anna Clark, author of The Poisoned City:

Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy



speaker photo of Anna Clark, credit Philip Dattilo

Wednesday, May 1 

“State of the Great Lakes”

with Dr. Mark Luttenton, Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI)



speaker photo of Mark Luttenton

Want to learn more? Kent District Library

offers a recommended reading list.