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Peter Raabe

Conservation Director, Rivers of Southern Appalachia & the Carolinas

Peter leads American Rivers’ work in Rivers of Southern Appalachia & the Carolinas as the Conservation Director. He focuses on state level policy in the areas of water quality and quantity and restoring natural function to rivers. His work advocates for integrating more natural solutions into our landscape to manage polluted stormwater run-off and using the limited clean water available in the state in the most efficient way practicable.

Peter joined American Rivers in September 2001. He started as the River Restoration Finance Associate, developing and coordinating American River’s river restoration granting program. In 2002, he took on responsibilities for coordinating and advocating for American Rivers federal appropriations priorities including leading national environmental community’s work on the federal budget as a chair of the Green Group Budget and Appropriations Committee. He has been working on North Carolina river policy since 2007.

Previously, he worked for River Network in Washington, D.C. focusing on organizational development and policy coordination of watershed groups throughout the country. Peter also brings with him experience as a staffer in the U.S. Senate working in Senator John Breaux’s (D-LA) office, political organizing and lobbying experience with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and experience from political campaigns in Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

He is on the board of directors of the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association and the Cape Fear River Assembly. He previously served as Board Chair for the North Carolina Conservation Network.

Education: B.A. in American Government and Environmental Studies specializing in watershed protection from Franklin and Marshall College

Favorite River: The Mississippi River, near the mouth of the river