Environmental Law Center honors legislator, journalists

– Photo courtesy of Wayne Law

The Great Lakes Environmental Law Center presented honors Thursday, Oct. 15, at its second annual Blue Water Bash. From left are honorees Jim Lynch of The Detroit News, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, and Tom Henry of The Toledo Blade with Wayne Law Assistant (Clinical) Professor Nick Schroeck, the center’s executive director.
The Great Lakes Environmental Law Center honored a U.S. senator and journalists from Detroit and Toledo for their outstanding work on Great Lakes and environmental matters at the second annual Blue Water Bash  on Thursday, Oct. 15.
U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., a 1989 alumnus of Wayne State University Law School, was honored as Great Lakes Legislator of the Year. Peters has a long history of fighting to protect the Great Lakes, and he was recognized for his recent work addressing Petcoke pollution along the Detroit River and raising awareness about the dangers from the Straits of Mackinac oil pipeline.

Tom Henry of The Toledo Blade and Jim Lynch of The Detroit News were presented with Excellence in Environmental Journalism awards. Henry was recognized for providing outstanding coverage of the Lake Erie algae blooms and his in-depth investigations into nuclear power plants on the Great Lakes. Lynch was recognized for his coverage of the 2010 Enbridge oil spill near the Kalamazoo River and its aftermath, as well as continuing coverage of the Flint water crisis.

The awards were part of the center’s second annual Blue Water Bash fundraiser. This year’s event was at Tony V’s Tavern in Detroit, and the Gasoline Gypsies performed.

Wayne Law Assistant Clinical Professor Nick Schroeck, director of law school’s Transnational Environmental Law Clinic, also is executive director of the environmental law center. The center was founded by Wayne Law Associate Professor Noah Hall as part of a sabbatical project in 2008.

Sponsors of the event included Alliance for the Great Lakes; Bodman PLC; Collins, Einhorn, Farrell PC; Lean & Green Michigan; LexisNexis; Olson, Bzdok, & Howard PC; Wayne Law Environmental Law Society; and Wayne Law Transnational Environmental Law Clinic.