Removal of the Centreville Dam on Maryland’s Eastern Shore begins in earnest this September. The project will reconnect fragmented river habitat for alewife, blueback herring, American eel and other migratory fish, as well as alleviate some potential for upstream flooding.
Serena has worked in the river restoration field for more than thirteen years, focusing largely on dam removal planning. McClain works with regional and national stakeholders to demonstrate how to enhance safety, quality of life and economic development by restoring the natural function of rivers and utilizes her communications and policy expertise to ensure that local communities and key decision-makers are aware of the opportunities available to them and are equipped with the tools necessary to aid them in those decisions.
Serena joined American Rivers in 2001. Prior to that, she was an account executive with Porter Novelli, where she developed media and marketing strategies for a number of associations and issue-oriented campaigns. While at Porter Novelli, Serena also took a leave of absence and served as a political media consultant on the Gore-Lieberman presidential campaign.
B.A. in Political Science from Angelo State UniversitySan Marcos River
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In the wake of the flooding damage caused to the northeast by Hurricane Sandy, the federal government made funds available to help vulnerable coastal communities bolster their first line of natural defense – rivers and wetlands.
Today’s post is a guest blog by Taylor Cox. Taylor is a communications intern at American Rivers. She is majoring in Communication, Law, Economics, and Government (CLEG) with a minor in Environmental Science at American University. Cascade Falls | Will… Read more »
Centreville Dam During the long days of summer, for many, a trek across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge means a jaunt to Ocean City, Maryland, or Rehoboth, Delaware. I’m now an old hand at resisting the siren call of the sandy beaches and ocean waves as I ex… Read more »
Shad Fishing in the early part of the 20th century | Library of Congress Last month, I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of engaged, intelligent people at the local Patagonia store here in Washington, D.C. as a follow-up to a June screening of Da… Read more »
Harvell Dam on the Appomattox River, Virginia By the time you read this, work will be underway to remove the Harvell Dam on the Appomattox River. As the first obstruction on the river, the Harvell Dam has long been deemed the most critical fish passage… Read more »
Many of us associate summer with deciding which of the latest beach reads we’ll indulge in or plotting our next outdoor adventure. However, at American Rivers, summer also means the official kickoff to dam removal construction season! Lower water level… Read more »
Stearns Dam, During Construction, Crooked River, OR | Denise Hoffert-Hay This blog is a part of our ongoing series this month on the Challenges of River Restoration. One of our goals at American Rivers is to make dam removal accessible— to make it some… Read more »
We talk quite a bit about “restoring fish passage” and “fish habitat” when we talk about restoration at American Rivers. However, beyond making the connection to the meditative joys of recreational angling or an elusive reference to a salmon steak, we… Read more »
DamNation continues to dazzle audiences with its sweeping vistas and the emotional way in which it blends the cultural and spiritual. The film explores the shift in attitude from a country built on dams—from the mill dam’s role in the industrial revolu… Read more »