Demolition of the Whittenton Dam on Mill River, MA | © Rachel Calabro Demolition of the Whittenton Dam began on July 19 with the sound of heavy machinery in the air as state Sen. Marc Pacheco manned an excavator kicking off the removal. A little m… Read more »
Serena facilitates and manages river restoration activities in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, working with stakeholders to demonstrate how to enhance safety and quality of life by restoring the natural function of rivers. She also manages our federal grant programs with the NOAA Restoration Center and the EPA.
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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Construction of Peyton Creek culvert from 1927 | © City of Staunton In Amy’s recent post, she does a great job of describing what stream daylighting is and how benefits to river health translate to community benefits. Staunton, Virginia is a… Read more »
Maryland DNR are working on the Choptank River to ensure there are healthy populations of herring | American Rivers As light ebbed from the cobalt evening sky, I thought not about the damp bangs, pasted to my forehead by the humid, post-storm air, or t… Read more »
Concrete from the Simkins Dam is headed to its new home today thanks to NOAA and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The dam, which originally blocked more than 22 miles of habitat for migratory fish in the Patapsco River, was removed in December 2010 due t… Read more »
Millstone from dam | Credit: Spamily We talk a lot about removing dams on here, and it got us thinking. Do you ever wonder what happens to the actual material from the dam once it’s removed from a river? While the answer to this question depends… Read more »
Working at American Rivers often means being an advocate for change. For many communities choosing to remove a dam and restore their local river can be a confusing endeavor. The idea of altering the only landscape many have ever known brings uncertaint… Read more »
Today kicks off National Flood Safety Awareness Week, and as I grabbed my umbrella for the fourth day in a row, I couldn’t help but think that mother nature was really trying to hammer this point home. Spring not only means more hours of sunlight… Read more »
Recently, the Virginia Senate passed legislation (SB 276) that strips Virginia Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Dam Safety Office of its ability to order repairs on dams it finds deficient, if that dam has an Emergency Action Plan in pl… Read more »
Logically, using dam removal as a technique to restore a river and allow fish to access historic habitat makes sense. However, an important component of demonstrating the success of river restoration projects such as these is being able to gather basel… Read more »
Some people go sledding, but I consider this the ultimate snow day. Despite snow that sometimes fell as much as two inches per hour, the City of Manchester and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services were out removing the Maxwell Pond Da… Read more »