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Tri-County Welcomes New Environmental Sustainability Planner Lauren Schnoebelen

Lansing, Mich. – The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (Tri-County) is pleased to introduce Lauren Schnoebelen as the agency's newest environmental sustainability planner. Schnoebelen is responsible for providing policy recommendations to the Groundwater Management Board (GMB), implementing their programming and outreach activities, and assisting regional organizations and local governments in facilitating other groundwater management and wellhead protection initiatives.

Originally from Chicago, Schnoebelen received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Northern Michigan University and her Master of Science in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy from the University of Minnesota. Having officially joined Tri-County in January, she brings a strong background in drinking water supply planning and rating policies from her previous experience working for planning agencies in both Chicago and Minneapolis.

“We are thrilled Lauren decided to bring her talents back to the state and share them with the region," said Executive Director Jim Snell. “Her technical knowledge of best practices in managing water quality will be a valuable asset for both our environmental team and local communities as we plan for a sustainable future.”

“I’m really excited to be back in Michigan and working on a regional scale to help protect and manage our groundwater resources,” said Schnoebelen. “Because groundwater often goes unseen, I know some residents might not know that it’s actually the region’s number one source of drinking water. With the GMB as my primary focus, I’m looking forward to connecting with our communities to help them better understand where their water comes from and why it’s so important to keep it clean.”

Learn more about Tri-County's team and programs at

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The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission is a public planning agency established in 1956, serving Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties in Mid-Michigan. Tri-County makes our region a more prosperous community by planning for a strong economy, reliable transportation, and sustainable infrastructure and natural resources. We connect local organizations and governments to funding, technical assistance, data resources, and opportunities to discuss trends and challenges affecting the Greater Lansing area. Learn more at

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