The Door County Environmental Council welcomes Cameron Davis, a natural resource and water quality expert, who will present “The Great Lakes in a Time of Hyper Change” Aug. 11, 7 pm, at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall.
For more than three decades, Davis has worked to develop and implement water quality and quantity policy. Appointed by the Obama Administration, Davis was senior adviser to two U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrators in Washington, D.C. Under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), he coordinated 11 federal departments to manage $2.2 billion in funding to state, municipal, tribal, business and civic stakeholders, and the nonprofit community. It was the largest Great Lakes restoration investment in U.S. history. Funding financed contaminated sediment cleanups, fish contaminant matters, dam removals, wetland and habitat restoration, runoff reduction, invasive species prevention, and other related water resource matters. Davis also served as a lead negotiator with the U.S. State Department in its development of the 2012 U.S.-Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.
Davis was also president and CEO of the Alliance for the Great Lakes, Chicago and is lead author of the Great Lakes Legacy Act, which leverages federal-private funding partnerships for cleanups to rehabilitate riverside and coastal property values.
Davis received two honors for his work in the Great Lakes region. On June 26, he was recognized for his work managing the Great Lakes Advisory Board (GLAB). He helped establish the GLAB, comprised of business, environmental, municipal, state and academic interests, to ensure buy-in for GLRI investments. On the same day, Environment & Climate Change Canada presented Davis with recognition for his “past, present, and future contributions” to Great Lakes health with the U.S.-Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.
Davis is vice president of Consulting Engineers and Scientists, Inc., one of the nation’s leading geotechnical, environmental, water resources, and ecological science and engineering firms. He is responsible for guiding the firm’s Upper Midwest water quality, policy, infrastructure and other water resources efforts.