UW-Superior Professor named to EPA Great Lakes Advisory Board

By KBJR News 1

March 26, 2013 Updated Mar 26, 2013 at 9:54 AM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- A University of Wisconsin Superior professor will now have a major role in restoring and preserving the Great Lakes for future generations.

Dr. Richard Stewart, the chair of the Department of Business and Economics and Director of the Transportation and Logistics Research Center program at UW-Superior, has been appointed a two-year term to the first ever Great Lakes Advisory Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Stewart is one of 18 people chosen to advise how the EPA spends $300 million in protecting the largest surface freshwater system on Earth.

The Great Lakes Advisory Board will provide advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator, who serves as chair of the federal Interagency Task Force.

In February 2009, President Obama proposed the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the largest investment in the Great Lakes in two decades.

Stewart said he welcomes the chance to represent the area on this important advisory board.

“I’m significantly honored that I’m able to help out with this advisory board,” he said. “The diverse representation that is on the board is very beneficial to making informed decisions on restoring the Great Lakes,” he said.

Stewart was a captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve, as a merchant mariner commanded ocean-going ships, and managed a $300 million fleet of tankers and bulk vessels trading worldwide.