Associate Director of Clean Water Program
Area of Focus: Katie works to engage communities to improve river health by advocating for better stormwater management.
Background: Katie joined American Rivers in 2007. Prior to that, Katie spent several years teaching earth science in Maryland and working as a GIS technician for Lucas County, Ohio. In graduate school, Katie focused on watershed management and geographic information systems in the Western Lake Erie Basin.
Education: B.S. in Secondary Education from The Ohio University, and M.A. in Geography from University of Toledo
Favorite River: Maumee River
Blog Posts By This Author
This morning I woke up to the sound of a rather heavy, but steady rain outside my window. This sound made me feel calm and peaceful. This lasted for only a minute before I thought about taking a shower and how the water I will use will contribute to an ongoing problem here in my community. The problem, which many older industrial cities in the Great Lakes are dealing with on a daily basis, is combined sewer overflows.Read more »
Last week’s GreenTown conference was the first step in a long process towards sustainability for the City of Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio. In a joint effort, the City and County along with many other local folks put together this conference that not only told the story about local sustainability efforts but also brought in big names from across the country to motivate and inspire the attendees.Read more »
This week I had the opportunity to attend the U.S. Water Alliance’s Urban Water Sustainability Leadership Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. This conference brought together leaders from the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), U.S. EPA, research, utility management, city administration, and environmental advocacy with a focus on collaboration, teamwork, and innovation.Read more »