Several researchers with significant UW-Green Bay histories were featured in a front-page story in Friday’s (Feb. 21) Green Bay Press-Gazette, and in other news media, discussing their take on the condition of the Bay of Green Bay. Prof. Emeritus Bud Harris of NAS and former UW Sea Grant researcher Vicky Harris released what’s been described as their career capstone report, “State of the Bay: The Condition of the Bay of Green Bay/Lake Michigan 2013.”
Bud Harris told attendees at a Thursday news conference that he assigns a grade of C-minus for the area’s overall performance on water quality issues in the past two decades. “I suppose it would be worse,” he said, “but it certainly could be better.” Vicky Harris also spoke during the event, held at NEW Water’s Jack Day Environmental Education Center, named for the UW-Green Bay environmental pioneer who also was in attendance Thursday and spoke to media. UW-Green Bay faculty members assisted in preparing the State of the Bay report, as did officials from the Wisconsin DNR and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.