Area of Focus: Fay provides support to conservation staff, specifically working on coordinating our climate change work to protect and restore America's rivers. Healthy rivers boost community safety and security and build resilience in the face of a changing climate.
Background: Fay joined American Rivers in 2010. Prior to that she interned with Wisconsin State Representative Cory Mason, and was the Economic Research Assistant for Clean Wisconsin's water program.
Education: B.S. in Agriculture and Applied Economics and Environmental Studies from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Favorite River: Kickapoo River
Blog Posts By This Author
May 15, 2013 | Climate Change
Like many states in the western U.S., California struggles with a problem balancing water supplies and demands and climate change is exacerbating these pressures. Almost three-quarters of the state’s available water supply originate in the northern third of the state while 80 percent of water demand is located in the southern two-thirds. The state’s Mediterranean climate with wet winters and dry summers also intensifies this water imbalance.Read more »
Who doesn’t remember the little saying from our childhood, “April showers bring May flowers?” I sure do, but I’m not so sure that the next generation will. My spring memories are full of raincoats and galoshes followed by walking barefoot through flowerbeds full of blooming peonies, irises and roses. This spring however, had a less traditional weather path, with April and May chalk full of blizzards, floods, wildfires, and drought.Read more »
As we all learned in school, the Great Lakes are an immense source of freshwater. In fact, they are the largest system of freshwater lakes in the entire world and contain nearly one-fifth of the fresh surface water found on earth. They provide drinking water to more than 40 million people, cover an area nearly the size of Oregon, and contain a wide variety of habitats, including wetlands, dunes, and forests, which are home to thousands of plant and animal species.Read more »
After what seems like a never-ending winter, there are many things that I’m looking forward to about the approach of summer: sunshine, warm weather, outdoor patio dining, and beach vacations. But for the millions of people who live along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts, summer also marks the beginning of hurricane season. Last year, Superstorm Sandy slammed into the northeastern seaboard, destroying lives, homes, and businesses and in the process racking up $50 billion in damage.Read more »
Agriculture is part of the bedrock of American life. It provides food for our tables, jobs for our citizens, and it supports a significant chunk of our economy. U.S. agricultural exports alone generate more than $100 billion annually in business activity in the U.S., and provide jobs for nearly one million workers.Read more »