An economic valuation of the goods and services provided by the St. Louis River watershed has been completed. In making a permit decision, Minnesota’s Governor Dayton must consider these tangible values in addition to the less tangible reasons that this river system must be protected from mining for future generations.
Jessie works with staff across the country on a variety of river restoration and protection work— from advocacy and outreach to coordination with local communities to restore and protect their rivers and streams. Since 2010, Jessie has also been managing our Most Endangered Rivers Program.
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.
B.S. in Biology from Mary Washington College, and M.S. in Natural Resources from Delaware State UniversityRappahannock River
Blog Posts By This Author
The Boundary Waters in Minnesota continue to face the threat of sulfide-ore copper mining, which caused the area to be listed as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2013. The Save the Boundary Waters campaign has been busy the past few years on building support for permanent protection for this wild place.
The Holston Army Ammunitions Plant has been releasing a toxic chemical into the waters of the Holston River for some time. Now, they will be required to clean up the pollution according to a recent consent decree.
The St. Louis River is threatened by potential contamination from sulfide-ore mining. A local resident discusses the need to look into the past and learn important lessons in order to save the St. Louis River today.
The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa have a special relationship with the St. Louis River. Guest blogger Nancy Schuldt discusses the need and responsibility to protect this important place from further destruction.
A potential new poisonous sulfide mine in the headwaters of the St. Louis River in Minnesota could affect the drinking water supply for thousands of Great Lakes residents.
American Rivers is now accepting nominations for our 2016 list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.
The Smith River in Montana provides an exceptional fishing opportunity that is treasured by Simms Fishing Products’ owner, K.C. Walsh. K.C. talks about a special trip that he took down the Smith, and why he’s against the proposed copper mine.
Montana resident Deb Davidson explains how she fell in love with the Smith River, one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2015.
Joe Sowerby, an outfitter in Montana, talks about the wonders of the Smith River. The Smith River is one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2015.