MARQUETTE - Marquette County Community Foundation recently made the appointments to its Community Environmental Monitoring Program Board.
Persons appointed to three-year terms and their specific areas of interest are: Chairwoman, Nancy Wiseman Seminoff; environment, Lawrence Carey; mining, Richard Aho; Keweenaw Bay Indian Community representative, open; and community-at-large, Pamela Christensen.
Establishing the Board is an important milestone in the implementation of community environmental monitoring of the Rio Tinto Eagle Mine.
The oversight board pays for the community environmental monitoring program with funds it receives from Rio Tinto Eagle Mine and potentially other parties.
In addition, the board acts as an independent umpire should any differences arise about the program. The Superior Watershed Partnership and Rio Tinto have agreed that they will abide by the decisions of the board.
"This program sets an historic benchmark for community involvement in environmental protection," said Mark Canale, president of the board of trustees of the MCCF.