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
Across much of the Midwest, rising waters and flash flooding are threatening public safety, homes and businesses, farmland, and commerce and transportation. Torrential rains late last week sent many rivers over the tops of their banks in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Missouri. In Illinois alone, 44 counties have been declared state disaster areas. As towns begin to clean up the debris and damage, the threat of more rain could pose additional flooding risks and as floodwaters make their way downstream, other communities could be in jeopardy.Read more »
Drought. A word that has been spread across news headlines, felt by cities, and argued about between upstream and downstream farm communities. Last year’s drought affected 65% of the country, specifically impacting over 2000 counties. While the water shortages may be “out of sight, out of mind” in many drought stricken areas, remembering past droughts and the effects they have on local residents and communities is essential for future sustainability.Read more »
Last year, drought wreaked havoc across more than 65% of the country. Wildfires blazed through 9.2 million acres of the west, crops suffered across the Midwest and 2012 topped out as the hottest year on record. While the fall and winter of 2012 provided the country with much needed wet weather, Mother Nature didn’t produce quite enough to break the drought.Read more »
Since I was a baby, I have spent summers in Colorado. Memories of playing in the rivers and hiking the mountain trails are some of my fondest. I continue to believe there is nothing more liberating than escaping the everyday grind of the city and heading into the great outdoors. However, over the course of the last few years we have seen an increasing number of extreme weather events that are impacting our valuable natural resources. Unfortunately, these impacts are expected to increase with our rapidly changing climate, putting our cherished resources at risk.Read more »
In the last two years, we have seen a record number of extreme weather events including floods, heat waves, droughts, fires and snowstorms. In 2011, 14 different extreme weather events resulted in damages of more than $1 billion each. That trend has shown no signs of abating.Read more »