America’s Most Endangered River of 2010, the Upper Delaware, continues to face significant challenges as natural gas development ramps up in the Marcellus Shale. The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) plans to vote on a water withdrawal appl… Read more »
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
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It is good to see that the State of Maryland is not taking lightly the contamination of their waters by natural gas activities. Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has sent a letter to Chesapeake Energy notifying them of the State’s inte… Read more »
Guess what? One of the most popular search terms on Yahoo recently was… FRACKING! Fracking is all the buzz lately. Unfortunately, this is one hat that is not going to sell out any time soon. Recently, Time magazine hopped on the scoop with an ar… Read more »
The buzz over natural gas continued on Tuesday as the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act was re-introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. “There is a growing discrepancy between the natural gas indu… Read more »
The day of regulatory reckoning has come for America’s Most Endangered River of 2010, the Upper Delaware. Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) to delay issuing regulations until a thorough study of the environmental impacts was completed? Well,… Read more »
While Gasland was busy making a run for an Oscar this weekend, the New York Times published a front page article on the dangers of hydrofracking. A radioactive exposé, if you will. In an effort to lay the electric green glowing data out on the table,… Read more »
Whooosh! Do you think that your favorite local river is flowing as free as can be? Sorry to be the bearer of bad river news, but it probably is not, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Apparently 86% of rivers and streams that were asses… Read more »
Sometimes we hope for bad news, in the anticipation that it will highlight a problem, increase awareness, and turn it into good news down the line. I find myself celebrating such a paradox today, as the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protect… Read more »
Are people concerned about potential impacts of natural gas development on their water? Yes they are. The nonprofit Civil Society Institute has released results from a new survey about people’s opinions on natural gas development. This is the… Read more »
We have had some great news recently on one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ of 2009, Laurel Hill Creek! In this listing, we asked that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) designate Laurel Hill Creek as a Crit… Read more »