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 »
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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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 »
Unless you live under a rock, you have probably heard by now that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has been signed into law. What might not be quite as evident is that, tucked among its 407 pages, is funding for habitat restoration. T… Read more »
A recent article in the New York Daily News outlined some of the cuts proposed by Senate Republicans to the economic stimulus package. Included among those projects was $20 million to remove fish barriers that is earmarked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlif… Read more »
I always seem to discover new things about my family when I travel home. I’m also a firm believer in that cliched saying, “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” I just didn’t realize how close it lands sometimes. The first Sunday I was home this D… Read more »
A good friend and partner to American Rivers, the Musconetcong Watershed Association, was awarded a 2008 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award. The group was nominated by Nancy Lawler of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Ms. La… Read more »
Working out of our headquarters office doesn’t always provide as many opportunities to actually get out in the field as some of us would like. However, I do feel blessed that my position with the River Restoration program gives me more chances than mos… Read more »
The crispness of the air and nature’s color explosion make fall my favorite season. I always feel more in tune with nature during the fall, as I begin to plan fall hikes along my local rivers. Fall is also the harvest season for certain crops and, for… Read more »