American Rivers and partners have petitioned EPA to control significant sources of polluted runoff that contribute to stream impairment and result in costly local clean-up efforts.
Liz works with local and state decisionmakers who have water resource management responsibilities. Her work enables funding and encourages low impact development and green infrastructure practices that sustain communities.
Liz joined American Rivers’ Clean Water Program for Pennsylvania in August of 2007. For five years prior she worked in West Virginia advocating for clean water policies and enabling watershed groups to protect rivers serving their communities. For nearly 15 years, Liz developed Geographic Information System capacity in Virginia for resource managers and planners protecting watersheds. In addition, Liz has interlaced her 30 years of whitewater experience working in the outdoor industry and volunteering to secure sound river management, recreational access and flows, and ensuring boater safety.
B.A. in Geography from Mary Washington University, and Graduate Studies in Geography at Virginia Polytechnic and State University (Virginia Tech)A long list of Appalachian streams
Blog Posts By This Author
Susquehanna Reading Railroad Bridge | Jayme FryeThe Susquehanna River, the Chesapeake Bay’s largest tributary will be a little cleaner as a result of last week’s agreement amongst the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Pennsylvania Department… Read more »
Bermudian Creek, PA | Liz DeardorffMy vision of breaking a snowy cross-country trail through a West Virginia wilderness was dismissed by unseasonably balmy weather, so Christmas morning my husband and I sought the wonder of the holiday through the eyes… Read more »
Charles Slate River Rally is a meeting of river leaders including federal and state resource agency representatives, national and regional environmental non-profits and MANY watershed groups. River Network organizes the annual event each year. This yea… Read more »
New Report: Accounting for Economic, Social and Environmental Benefits for Municipalities from Green Infrastructure
Implementing green infrastructure, like the rain garden pictured, can help reduce polluted stormwater runoff, while also saving money | © Ward Wilson, Tetra Tech The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has posted a new report, The Economic… Read more »
This blog was co-written by Liz G. Deardorff and Stacey Detwiler. A green street in Philadelphia reduces stormwater runoff which lowers the impact on combined sewer overflows in the Delaware River watershed | © Bureau of Laboratory Services, Miche… Read more »
Cities and counties in the Bay states are behind schedule implementing permit controls to reduce stormwater runoff | © Jayme Frye The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) has released a new report, “Polluted Runoff: How Investing in Runoff Pollut… Read more »
Tell Congress: Don’t weaken the Clean Water Act The chemical spill in West Virginia underscores the need for our clean water laws to be strong and better enforced. Ask Congress to stand up for federal laws like the Clean Water Act that protect clean wa… Read more »
Sign the Petition © Liz G. Deardorff Our Waters Are Connected I strongly support the administration relying on this science report to inform and advance rulemaking to protect these streams and wetlands as “Waters of the United States” that deserve the… Read more »
Speak up to protect the Ohio River from mercury and other toxic chemical discharges by emailing ORSANCO now! The Ohio River Basin Commission (ORSANCO) is proposing to extend a deadline two years for polluters to comply with rules to eliminate discharge… Read more »