Harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie caused the Toledo water crisis. American Rivers is working on green infrastructure solutions to help reduce nutrient pollution in local streams and rivers.
Katie works to engage communities to improve river health by advocating for better stormwater management.
Katie joined American Rivers in 2007. Prior to that, Katie spent several years teaching earth science in Maryland and working as a GIS technician for Lucas County, Ohio. In graduate school, Katie focused on watershed management and geographic information systems in the Western Lake Erie Basin.
B.S. in Secondary Education from The Ohio University, and M.A. in Geography from University of ToledoMaumee River
Blog Posts By This Author
Today’s post is a guest blog written by Adam Rissien, Agricultural and Water Policy Director for Ohio Environmental Council. Lake Erie algal blooms | Katie Rousseau One August 2nd, 2014 over 400,000 Toledo residents were warned not to use their tap wat… Read more »
Take Action: Sign the Petition Protect My Rivers and Clean Water The algal bloom in Lake Erie spotlights that we can’t take our clean water for granted. Communities that rely on the Great Lakes for their main source of drinking water need better plans… Read more »
Rapid development along the Rogue River, MI has made it important that we work with communities for smart growth to protect the river | © Kaie Rousseau The Rogue River watershed is just a short drive north of Michigan’s second largest metrop… Read more »
Green roof at the Civic Gardens in Cincinnati, OH | Katie Rousseau This morning I woke up to the sound of a rather heavy, but steady rain outside my window. This sound made me feel calm and peaceful. This lasted for only a minute before I thought about… Read more »
Alexandra Cousteau and myself at GreenTown conference | Katie Rousseau Last week’s GreenTown conference was the first step in a long process towards sustainability for the City of Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio. In a joint effort, the City and Cou… Read more »
Green roof at the Civic Garden Center’s Green Learning Station in Cincinnati, OH | American Rivers This week I had the opportunity to attend the U.S. Water Alliance’s Urban Water Sustainability Leadership Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. Th… Read more »
Since 2004, studies have shown that the algae problem in Lake Erie has been slowly getting worse with last year being the worst year on record. The algae, which usually stayed in Maumee Bay and the Western Basin of Lake Erie had now spread into the Ce… Read more »
Time to start 2012 off right! Last month the Girl Scouts of the USA announced its 100th Anniversary Take Action Project Girl Scouts Forever Green, which includes projects focused on waste reduction, energy conservation and rain gardens. Rain gardens im… Read more »
For too many Americans, a swim at the local river or beach also means a nasty rash, ear infection, or illness. Swimming is the second most popular sports activity in the country (after walking), but pollution in the water from sewage or street runoff c… Read more »