The more than 35 million people who live among the Great Lakes overwhelmingly profess devotion to these waters — yet the Lakes are in mediocre condition at best. Why the gap? Dave Dempsey will discuss his findings for his most recent book, Lake Nation: People and the Fate of the Great Lakes, in which he seeks answers not in political theory, but in personal narratives. He will also draw upon his career shaping Great Lakes policy. Dempsey has helped shape conservation and Great Lakes policy for 30 years and is an author and co-author of eleven books. His career has included policy and leadership roles for the FLOW, International Joint Commission, Great Lakes Fishery Commission, Michigan Environmental Council, Clean Water Action-Michigan, Michigan Council on Environmental Quality and Michigan Governor Blanchard’s Administration.