Mary Jane Bumby ’52 honored for work protecting Big Green Lake
Mary Jane Bumby ’52 of Green Lake, Wisconsin, recently was honored with a Watershed Hero Award from the Green Lake Association.
The program recognizes community leaders dedicated to protecting Big Green Lake. Bumby is one of Wisconsin’s longest-serving citizen scientists. An article in the Ripon Commonwealth states: “In 1971, she completed her master’s degree by replicating an aquatic plant study in Green Lake, and recently funded the 100-year anniversary repeat of the original 1921 study.
“At 90 years old, Bumby continues to be a lake-champion, regularly measuring various water quality parameters and communicating her findings with the GLA. When asked what inspires her to care for Green Lake, she stated without hesitation, “Green Lake is my life; it’s my home.”
The article “Mary Jane Bumby ’52 takes biology from the classroom to the environment” was published on ripon.edu in 2018.
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