Flood Policy Director
Department: Government Relations
Area of Focus: Eileen works with Congress and the Obama administration to advance positive federal river policy such as designation of new Wild and Scenic Rivers and dam and levee safety.
Background: Eileen joined American Rivers in 2006. Prior to that she interned at National Wildlife Federation, the National Environmental Trust, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Education: B.S. in Environmental Science from Elizabethtown College, and M.A. in Environmental and Resource Policy from The George Washington University
Favorite River: Appenzell Creek in my parents' backyard
Blog Posts By This Author
Keep communities safe from floods. Call your Senators today: ask them to pass The Flood Insurance Modernization and Reform Act.Read more »
Locals Advocate for Wild and Scenic Rivers - In March, Congress heard from people who support Wild and Scenic River designations for their favorite rivers. During a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on a bill that would designate the Molalla River as a National Wild and Scenic River, Michael Moody, President of the Molalla River Alliance testified on the benefits that Wild and Scenic River designation would bring to the communities that depend on a healthy Molalla River.Read more »
March 14, 2012 | Floods & Floodplains
I started writing this blog with the intention of talking about the biggest floods in United States history. But it quickly became a harder task when I tried to figure out how to measure the “biggest” flood. Is it by the amount of water? The most land covered? The most lives lost? The most property destroyed?Read more »
March 2, 2012 | Wild and Scenic Rivers
The U.S. House passed a bill, already greenlighted by the U.S. Senate, S. 1134, which is an earmark for the construction of a massively wasteful $700 million freeway bridge that will harm the federally protected St. Croix National Scenic Riverway in Wisconsin and MinnesotaRead more »
July 15, 2011 | Floods & Floodplains
That headline might come as a shock to anyone who’s been paying close attention to the goings on in Congress these days. But I’m happy to report that the House of Representatives actually broke their streak of attacks on the environment this week when they passed H.R. 1309, The Flood Insurance Reform Act by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 406-22.Read more »