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Mike Reed Named "NEW Watershed Champion 2015"

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary Director Lauded for Innovative Nature-Based 4K Program

Group Photo with the Kids

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary Director Mike Reed was named “NEW Watershed Champion 2015” Friday for ushering in a new generation of water stewards.

Reed was honored March 20 during a World Water Day event hosted by NEW Water, the brand of the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District, and the Green Bay Water Utility. The two water entities teamed up for the second year for World Water Day, a commemorative event launched by the United Nations in 1993 to bring awareness to global water issues.  Globally, 783 million people do not have proper access to clean water and 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation.  Local water issues include aging water infrastructure and impaired waterways.

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“The Sanctuary’s nature-based kindergarten program is inspirational, and follows in the proud Wisconsin tradition of appreciation and conservation of our natural resources,” said Tom Sigmund, Executive Director of NEW Water.

Photo: Tom Sigmund (NEW Water Executive Director); Mike Reed (NEW Watershed Champion); Nancy Quirk (Green Bay Water Utility Manager)

Said Nancy Quirk, General Manager of the Green Bay Water Utility: “Educating our youth about water is paramount to creating total water solutions, which is necessary for the sustainability of our watershed.”

This is the second year the OAK Learning Center has been running at the Sanctuary. “The 4K program has been well received by the community and I’m very honored and grateful to be recognized,” Reed said. “The success of the program is due to our great partnerships with the Green Bay Area Public School District and the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. Together, we created a 4K program that gives young learners a unique way to explore, discover and appreciate all aspects of nature from wildlife and native plants to ponds and lagoons.”

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