Associate, Conservation & Government Relations
Department: Government Relations
Area of Focus: Stacey provides support to government relations and conservation staff, specifically working towards federal clean water policy that promotes green infrastructure and reduces sewage spills and polluted stormwater runoff.
Background: Stacey joined American Rivers in 2009. Prior to this, she served as an intern with the Pew Environment Group where she worked on reforming salmon aquaculture standards and advocating for the protection of vulnerable Antarctic krill and tuna species. Stacey also worked with the Pennsylvania Environmental Council where she worked on stormwater management and green infrastructure projects in Philadelphia.
Education: B.A. in Environmental Studies and Public Policy from Connecticut College in New London, CT.
Favorite River: Schuylkill River
Blog Posts By This Author
More than six months ago, Hurricane Sandy swept through the mid-Atlantic leaving a path of destruction across New York, New Jersey, and surrounding states. With total damage estimates reaching $70 billion, communities across the region are still recovering from its impacts.Read more »
April 26, 2013 | Water Pollution
On Tuesday, the EPA won a legal victory for its ability to veto permits for projects with significant adverse impacts that discharge “dredge or fill materials,” such as mining waste from mountaintop removal mining, into streams and rivers. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturned a lower court’s ruling that the EPA did not have the statutory authority to revoke a Clean Water Act Section 404 permit that allowed operators of the Spruce Mine in West Virginia to discharge mining waste into local streams.Read more »
Many of us are familiar with maintenance in some form. Whether it’s getting an oil change for the car or unclogging the sink, if we don’t get around to it, we usually end up paying in the long run.
Maintenance for infrastructure that manages stormwater runoff works in much the same manner, albeit at a larger scale. Without consistent maintenance, these practices can fail forcing expensive repairs and posing significant health and safety risks.
Federal funding, such as the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs), is critical to support protection of clean water and increase investment in the infrastructure that keeps our drinking water safe and our rivers, lakes, and streams healthy. On Friday, federal investments in our nation’s water infrastructure could be significantly cut if sequestration goes into effect.Read more »
Last week, a study from the University of Minnesota found that increasing amounts of triclosan, an anti-microbial ingredient used in soaps, toothpastes, and even some over-the-counter drugs, were present in lakes across Minnesota. Researchers studied sediment cores from the bottoms of eight different lakes and found that levels of triclosan and its byproducts increased after its release into the market in the 1970s. When people use shampoo, toothpaste, or soap that contains triclosan, it gets washed into drains and to our wastewater infrastructure.Read more »