Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Loreen Niewenhuis Walking Around Lake Michigan

Loreen Niewenhuis contemplates Lake Michigan
Loreen Niewenhuis' son Ben contemplates Lake Michigan (from her blog- see link below)
based in part on a news article on WZZM- TV, Battle Creek woman walking around Lake Michigan, April 8, 2009

Loreen Niewenhuis says she was looking for a challenge and inspiration for a future book. She's also passionate about Lake Michigan, about protecting it. And like most writers she is always looking for a good story. She's chosen the title for her next book, A 1,000 Mile Walk on the Beach.

Now she just has to do the walk! She's divided the shoreline of Lake Michigan into 10 segments, and began walking around the lake in Chicago on March 17, 2009.

She's wants to increase awareness of environmental pressures facing Lake Michigan and all the Great Lakes. She believes in stronger regulations on the dumping of ballast waters from freighters - a problem that lead to the introduction of numerous invasive species.

Of the section below South Haven she says, "This segment covered a lovely section of the lake. The shoreline was quite varied. It ranged from high, treed bluffs, to sandy stretches, to eroding cliffs of clay and sand, to high dunes. Small towns stud this stretch and two nuclear power plants hold their ground on the lakeshore, too."

Niewenhuis hopes to finish her walk in September by returning to Chicago.

See Lake Trek, Loreen's blog
See Beachwalkers: Michigan and Ohio Hold Opposing Views
See EPA Predicts Even More Species Invasions for the most recent article about invasive species.
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Loreen Niewenhuis said...

Thanks for covering my Lake Trek! Just wanted to note that the photo is of my son, Ben, who was with me on the second segment of the trek.

Shellmo said...

What a wonderful and admirable adventure! I have such great concerns for our beautiful great lakes!

Sharkbytes said...

Loreen- Your hike is really inspiring!

Shellmo- she's headed your way! Although I'm not sure exactly where you are other than north of me.

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