Pittsburgh -- American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, today announced that it has opened a new Western Pennsylvania Field Office in Pittsburgh and that Lisa Hollingsworth-Segedy will serve as Associate Director for River Restoration to help Pennsylvania communities remove unsafe and outdated dams.
Lisa Hollingsworth-Segedy is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and brings more than two decades of experience in community and regional planning, environmental and resource-based planning, water resource management, project management, small town economic revitalization, geology and hydrogeology to her position.
“This new position at American Rivers illustrates our commitment to river restoration in Pennsylvania, and we are delighted to have such a talented professional as Lisa joining our team,” said Rebecca Wodder, president of American Rivers.
Funded through a combination of federal, state and private foundation grants, Lisa will work with communities to remove outdated and unsafe dams across Pennsylvania. Dismantling old dams can bring a wide variety of benefits, including improving public safety, boosting water quality, restoring fish and wildlife habitat, improving natural flood control, increasing river recreation opportunities, and revitalizing local economies.
For more than ten years, American Rivers has led a national effort to restore rivers through removing dams that no longer make sense. This effort has enabled a gradual shift in society’s view of dams, and dramatically increased consideration of dam removal as a reasonable and beneficial option for restoring rivers.
Pennsylvania leads the nation in the number of dams removed. American Rivers has supported the removal of more than 80 dams statewide, re-established fish access to more than 450 river miles, restored over 70 miles of riverside habitat impacted by dams, and leveraged more than $4.5 million for river restoration efforts.
“I am thrilled to join an organization that has such a great 35-year track record of success, protecting and restoring rivers for the benefit of people, wildlife and nature,” said Lisa Hollingsworth-Segedy, Associate Director for River Restoration at American Rivers. “I am looking forward to working with communities across the region to help restore the rivers that are so vital to our health, heritage, and quality of life.”
In her previous position at the Chattahoochee-Flint Regional Development Center in Georgia, Lisa was the executive producer of "Chattahoochee River: Muddied Waters, Clear Solutions," an award-winning documentary highlighting the Chattahoochee River’s water-quality challenges and opportunities. She helped develop Georgia’s river basin management planning program, as well as basin-specific best practice standards for erosion and sedimentation control. Lisa also designed and implemented regional and local plans for river protection, water supply, groundwater recharge areas and other environmentally sensitive areas.
Lisa is a former staff member for the Georgia State Floodplain Management Program.
She is also a professional storyteller and believes that the art of storytelling is an integral component of team-building, community education, public involvement, and all phases of project implementation.
Lisa's education includes a Bachelor of Science in Geology from State University of West Georgia, graduate study in Hydrogeology at Georgia State University, and Master Classes in storytelling at John Campbell Folk School and East Tennessee State University.
American Rivers is the leading organization working to protect and restore the nation’s rivers and streams. Rivers connect us to each other, nature, and future generations. Since 1973, American Rivers has fought to preserve these connections, helping protect and restore more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and the annual release of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.
Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 100,000 supporters, members, and volunteers nationwide. Visit www.americanrivers.org, www.facebook.com/americanrivers and www.twitter.com/americanrivers.