Coordinator, Most Endangered Rivers
Area of Focus: Jessie works with our staff and partners to develop our Most Endangered Rivers Program and annual report.
Background: Jessie joined American Rivers in 2010. Prior to that she worked for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission as their Habitat Coordinator. There she played a fundamental role in the establishment of the Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership. Jessie also did an internship at the Natural Resources Defense Council where she focused on the reauthorization of the Endangered Species Act.
Education: B.S. in Biology from Mary Washington College, and M.S. in Natural Resources from Delaware State University
Favorite River: Rappahannock River
Blog Posts By This Author
It is our understanding that Duke Energy issued a preemptive statement on April 16, 2013 in anticipation of American Rivers’ designation of the Catawba River as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®. Rick Gaskins, Executive Director and Catawba Riverkeeper, provides a section-by-section response to Duke’s statement below in italics.Read more »
Today, the stories of the Little Plover are about a “river in peril” plagued with dry-ups and the dying of its native brook trout. The river's very existence is threatened by uncontrolled, excessive pumping of groundwater. The groundwater that gives this river life also ensures the survival of other threatened Wisconsin lakes and rivers.Read more »
The San Saba River rises in the rocky, semi-arid hills and mesas of western Texas and flows easterly toward the Highland Lakes above Austin. It also packs far more adventurous history than most rivers.Read more »
As the director of a land trust in the Southern Crescent area of Metropolitan Atlanta, I see first-hand the need for a healthy natural environment in my community. Since 1993, we at Southern Conservation Trust have worked diligently to preserve and protect farms and forests, environmentally sensitive land, valuable wildlife habitat, and scenic green space in the fast-growing counties south of metro Atlanta.Read more »
As farmers in Colorado’s North Fork Valley, my husband Jason and I know full well that the waters of the Colorado River are the lifeblood of agriculture for us as well as many Western farmers in the seven basin states. Outdated water management requires us to "use it or lose it", which does not make sense in this century.Read more »