FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 4, 2018
CONTACT: Patrick Starr, Pennsylvania Environmental Council
PEC Welcomes Watersheds Program Manager Tali MacArthur
PEC is proud to welcome Tali MacArthur as the newest member of our watersheds team. A veteran program manager with deep experience in environmental and conservation fields, MacArthur will assume a leadership role in PEC’s sister entity, the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR), advancing its mission of education and outreach to community watershed organizations across Pennsylvania.
MacArthur comes to PEC from the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership, where she served as Executive Director, and previously the Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited. She also has project and grant management experience with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and has done work on water quality for the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and the University of Washington School of Marine Affairs.
“Tali will be building on the great work that POWR has been doing with river sojourns and mini-grants, training events and workshops, insurance assistance, and other initiatives,” PEC President Davitt Woodwell said. “The goal is to take that work to the next level and provide real value to the hundreds of watershed organizations across Pennsylvania.”
The immediate focus for POWR’s statewide outreach in 2019 will be the second Watershed Connections conference, to be held February 24-25 in State College. First held in 2017, the conference brings together local watershed advocates from all over the Commonwealth to network, learn from one another, and take advantage of training opportunities and other information resources.
“Water is one of nature’s most powerful yet most vulnerable resources,” MacArthur said. “By facilitating programs that encourage water-related stewardship, action, communication and outreach, I hope to ensure that PEC and POWR continue their critical roles in protecting Pennsylvania’s mighty and beautiful waterways.”
MacArthur holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina and a Master’s degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington. She will be based in Lewisburg, traveling regularly around the state to meet with watershed organizations and other partners.
About the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC)
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) protects and restores the natural and built environments through innovation, collaboration, education and advocacy. PEC believes in the value of partnerships with the private sector, government, communities and individuals to improve the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians.
About the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds & Rivers (POWR)
POWR was created to advocate for the protection, restoration and enjoyment of our common wealth of water resources through several key initiatives including the PA River of Year and River Sojourn programs. POWR’s mission, to empower citizen champions and unite people and communities to protect and restore Pennsylvania’s rivers, creeks, streams and wetlands, recognizes the unique and valuable contribution of Pennsylvania’s CWOs in the on-the-ground work to conserve its high quality and exceptional value streams and restore those waterways impaired by acid mine drainage, agricultural and stormwater runoff pollution.