About Dave Dempsey

Dave Dempsey Dave Dempsey is a writer active in conservation for more than 25 years. A frequent freelance contributor and newsweekly columnist, Dave is the author of four award-winning books on the environment and a biography of Michigan’s longest-serving Governor, William Milliken. A native of Michigan who now lives in the Twin Cities metro in Minnesota, Dave served as environmental advisor to Michigan Governor James J. Blanchard from 1983-89. President Clinton appointed him to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission in 1994. Dave has also held numerous administrative, policy and consulting positions for nonprofit conservation and environmental organizations in Michigan and Minnesota. He was both policy director and executive director at the Michigan Environmental Council and Great Lakes policy consultant for Clean Water Action. Dave has a bachelor of arts degree from Western Michigan University and a master’s degree in natural resource development from Michigan State University, and has served as an adjunct university instructor at MSU in environmental policy.



Author Archives: Dave Dempsey

Paper or Plastic? Neither

March 8th, 2010 | by Dave Dempsey

[social_buttons] Green Cities California (GCC) announced today the release of its Master Environmental Assessment (MEA) on Single Use and Reusable [&hellip


Curbside Vs. Deposit and GHG Reduction

December 15th, 2009 | by Dave Dempsey

[social_buttons] The beverage container industry continues to fight state and national container legislation despite evidence that such laws could contribute [&hellip


Big Fish in the Great Lakes

December 2nd, 2009 | by Dave Dempsey

The ancient lake sturgeon, a threatened species, is making a modest comeback in the Great Lakes after more than a [&hellip


Invasion of the Fish Snatchers?

November 20th, 2009 | by Dave Dempsey

Bighead carp are one of two non-native species of Asian carp causing widespread concern among Great Lakes advocates. The other [&hellip


The Western Lake Erie Waterkeeper

November 11th, 2009 | by Dave Dempsey

[social_buttons] One of the leading voices in the campaign to rescue Lake Erie from dying again is a persistent, thoughtful, [&hellip


An Ocean of Effort

October 25th, 2009 | by Dave Dempsey

Ocean trash is one of the problems photographed by Christopher Swain on his 1,000-mile ocean advocacy and education journey. [social_buttons] [&hellip


Is Great Lakes Shoreline Public or Private?

October 11th, 2009 | by Dave Dempsey

[social_buttons] Legal skirmishes in Ohio and Michigan are reviving debates over whether those who own Great Lakes shoreline properties exclusively [&hellip



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