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Contact: Mike Molnar
Phone: 317-233-0132
Email: dnrnews@dnr.state.in.us

Two join DNRís Lake Michigan Coastal Program

There are two new faces in Northwest Indiana environmental efforts. They are Jenny Kintzele and Andi Pierce and they are a part of the Lake Michigan Coastal Program team at DNR in Indianapolis. Both positions are federally funded through the coastal zone management grants.

Kintzele who has worked as the Great Lakes coastal restoration grants program coordinator, has been an intern for Save the Dunes Conservation Fund, and most recently, resource specialist for DNR division of soil conservation.

Pierce worked as the watershed specialist for the Hoosier Environmental Council and as a part-time environmental scientist for Commonwealth Biomonitoring in Indianapolis.

"Together Jenny and Andiís environmental science expertise will furnish an in-depth knowledge of Northwest Indiana," said LMCP Manager Mike Molnar. "They will provide technical assistance on coastal management issues and help sustain our vital relationship with coastal communities and other state agencies."

Born and raised along the shores of Lake Michigan, Jenny Kintzele learned first-hand the environmental impacts of pollution on the Great Lakes. As a graduate of North Central College in Illinois, she holds a bachelorís degree in biology. In her new position as program specialist, she will administer the Lake Michigan coastal grants as well as assist with other aspects of the program

Originally from Whiteland, Ind., Andi Pierce received a bachelorís degree in natural resources and environmental science from Purdue University and a master of public affairs from Indiana University. As project coordinator for the restoration grant, Pierce will closely work with grant recipients to ensure the success of on-going projects.

The Lake Michigan Coastal Program supports coordination and partnerships among local, state, and federal agencies and local organizations to preserve, protect, restore, and where possible, develop coastal resources in Indianaís Lake Michigan watershed. It works within a framework based on current Indiana law.

Additional information about the Lake Michigan Coastal Program can be found on-line at www.in.gov/dnr/lakemich/ or contacted via email at coastal@dnr.state.in.us.

 

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