Lisa Hollingsworth-Segedy, AICP
Associate Director, River Restoration Program
Area of Focus: Lisa facilitates partnerships to restore the form and function of rivers through dam removal.
Background: Lisa joined American Rivers in 2008 to work with communities, individuals, government, and other non-profit organizations to facilitate the removal of old dams that have outlived their useful life.
Lisa is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and brings nearly three decades of experience in community and regional planning, environmental and resource protection planning, water resource management, project management, community economic revitalization, geology, and hydrogeology to her position.
She was the executive producer of "Chattahoochee River: Muddied Waters, Clear Solutions," an award-winning documentary film highlighting the the Chattahoochee River's water quality challenges and opportunities. She was involved in the development of Georgia's river basin management planning program, the development of basin-specific best management practice standards for erosion and sedimentation control, and the formulation and implementation of regional and local plans for protected river corridors, water supply watersheds, groundwater recharge areas, and other environmentally sensitive areas. Lisa is also a former staff member of the Georgia Floodplain Management Program.
Lisa is a professional storyteller and believes that the art of storytelling is an integral component of team-building, community eduction, public involvement, and all phases of project implementation.
Education: B.S. in Geology from the State University of West Georgia, graduate study in Hydrogeology at Georgia State University, and Storytelling Master Classes at John Campbell Folk School and East Tennessee State University
Favorite River: Nine Mile Run
Blog Posts By This Author
October 11, 2012 | Water Pollution
I remember watching TV news coverage of the Cuyahoga River on fire. I remember wondering how a river could be so polluted that it could burn. The next year, my class held a schoolyard cleanup as part of the first Earth Day event, and we all received “Ecology Flag” stickers for participating. I remember the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Water Act, because we discussed in earth science class how it would require wastewater to be treated before being returned to rivers.Read more »