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Peter Raabe

Conservation Director, Rivers of Southern Appalachia & the Carolinas

Peter leads American Rivers’ work in North Carolina focusing on state level policy. Some of the biggest natural challenges facing the state in the coming decades will be in the areas of water quality and quantity. His work advocates for more natural solutions to manage polluted stormwater run-off and using the limited clean water available in the state in the most efficient way practicable. Additionally, he leads American River’s federal budget work in Washington D.C., advocating for adequate federal investment in our river resources.

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. In 2004, he was chosen as one of the chairs of the environmental community’s Budget and Appropriations Committee.

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, organizing experience with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and experience as a Democratic Committeeman for the Democratic Party of the City of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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