Great Lakes Commission statement on passing of former Michigan Sen. Patty Birkholz

May 4, 2018 | News and Announcements

Ann Arbor, Mich. – Jon Allan, immediate past chair of the Great Lakes Commission (GLC) and director of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes (OGL), released the following statement today upon news that former Michigan Sen. and OGL Director Patty Birkholz passed away at the age of 74:

“Michigan has lost a tenacious fighter for the state and for the Great Lakes. Her contributions will last as a legacy to her determination and her passion. Thank you, Patty, for your leadership as a champion for the Great Lakes we all love.”

The Great Lakes Commission, led by chairman John Linc Stine, commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, is an interstate compact agency established under state and U.S. federal law and dedicated to promoting a strong economy, healthy environment and high quality of life for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region and its residents. The Commission consists of governors’ appointees, state legislators, and agency officials from its eight member states. Associate membership for Ontario and Québec was established through the signing of a “Declaration of Partnership.” The Commission maintains a formal Observer program involving U.S. and Canadian federal agencies, tribal authorities, binational agencies and other regional interests. The Commission offices are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Learn more at


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