On May 24, 2014, people around the world will gather to celebrate the inaugural World Fish Migration Day (WFMD). WFMD is a one-day global initiative to raise awareness on the importance migratory fish. Local events are being planned by dozens of organi… Read more »
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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Patapsco River, MD | © American Rivers Despite the lack of updates on the Patapsco River Restoration project, things have indeed been moving forward. Perhaps you heard about our successful grant application to NOAA for funds for the Bloede Dam rem… Read more »
While statewide training often exists for stream monitoring and assessment, American Rivers is one of the leading experts in managing and implementing stream barrier removal projects. Over the years, we have developed a series of workshops geared towar… Read more »
The Potomac Industrial Dam removal project serves as a model for collaboration between stakeholders | © American Rivers We’ve had a pretty good run these last couple of years when it comes to river restoration. As the freedom cry of salmon r… Read more »
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 »
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 »