FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 22, 2019
EGLE Media Office, EGLE-Assist@Michigan.gov, 517-284-9278
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) today announced the appointment of Ninah Sasy as the department’s Clean Water Public Advocate.
“Since taking office I’ve been working toward real and permanent solutions that ensure every Michigander can bathe their kids and give them a glass of clean, safe water at the dinner table,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “By creating the Office of the Clean Water Public Advocate, my administration is taking further steps to ensure that all residents – regardless of where they live – will have access to clean water.”
Sasy has managed statewide public health and emergency response initiatives. Most recently she led efforts to develop and implement the Mother Infant Health and Equity Improvement Plan while in her role as the senior maternal child health strategist with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Throughout her career, she has built strong collaborative partnerships within the State of Michigan and with local community partners to ensure that the voice of the community was integrated in statewide efforts. Her experience in grant administration, emergency response and project management will help as EGLE develops strategies to problem solve and connect resources for greater impact.
“Ninah will help EGLE inform and engage residents so they can play a stronger role in efforts at the state and local levels to ensure all Michigan families have access to quality drinking water,” EGLE Director Liesl Clark said. “This public advocate position will complement all of EGLE’s efforts to improve drinking water throughout the state, which include addressing lead, PFAS and other challenges, and protecting the Great Lakes and our other source waters.”
The Clean Water Public Advocate was established by Gov. Whitmer in Executive Order 2019-06, which created EGLE and the Office of the Clean Water Public Advocate. The office’s duties include investigating complaints and concerns regarding drinking water quality in Michigan; establishing a statewide uniform reporting system to collect and analyze complaints; assisting in the development and implementation of state and federal laws, rules, and regulations related to drinking water quality; and working with public and private stakeholders on outreach efforts to improve the state’s drinking water.
Sasy will work hand-in-hand with EGLE’s Drinking Water and Environmental Health Division, which oversees public water supplies, runs operator certification and training programs, assists local health departments in drinking water quality investigations, and certifies well construction, domestic septage and on-site wastewater programs.
Sasy has a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science in clinical laboratory science from Michigan State University.
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