BKWA has been supporting an effort to provide a coordinator to enhance, improve, and increase the effectiveness of Vermont's watershed groups. The Vermont River Conservancy has spearheaded the effort. Here is a good news announcement about the new coordinator. More about VRC at www.vermontriverconservancy.org .
The Vermont River Conservancy is pleased to announce the new Program Coordinator for Watersheds United Vermont, Ann Ingerson. Ann brings passion and professional acumen to all of her diverse environmental pursuits, including teaching, land conservation, and wilderness adventure.
Ann will help the Vermont River Conservancy and the WUV Advisors launch Watersheds United Vermont, with the primary goal of connecting community-based watershed groups in Vermont with the knowledge, tools, and networks needed to more effectively enhance and protect the health of Vermont water resources.
As the Watersheds United Vermont Coordinator, Ann will be in touch with all of you over the next few months to learn more about the needs of watersheds groups, state-wide water quality partners, and how Watersheds United can be of service.
In Ann's new role as WUV Coordinator, she will be responsible for facilitating and helping implement the collective vision for improved coordination and collaboration among watersheds groups and partners around watershed issues in Vermont.
Funding for Watersheds United Vermont has been generously provided by a Ben and Jerry’s Foundation Capacity Building grant, a Vermont Community Foundation’s Innovation and Collaboration Grant, and the Lintilhac Foundation.
Ann can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and photo is in slide show attached.
Ann lives with her husband Dave Brown in Craftsbury on “63 acres more or less” of forest, pasture, garden and a tiny piece of Black River shoreline, most of it conserved by Vermont Land Trust. She moved to Vermont in 1982 to join the faculty of Sterling College, where she taught environmental economics, agriculture, and outdoor skills until 2005, returning as adjunct faculty in 2014. From 1999 to 2013, she worked for The Wilderness Society, a national conservation organization concerned with protection of wildlands. Her projects there included watershed-friendly farm and forest practices, sustainable forestry demonstrations, creative funding for land protection, and collaborative promotion of nature-based tourism. Her academic background includes degrees in Economics and Philosophy from Williams College and Agricultural Economics from Oxford University. In her spare time, she co-coordinates the Four Winds nature education program in her town, serves on the board of the Northern Rivers Land Trust, works with her local town forests, enjoys wilderness canoe and snowshoe trips, and plays traditional fiddle. She’s looking forward to supporting the work of watershed groups around the state.
The Watersheds United Vermont Advisors
Cynthia Browning, Executive Director of the Batten Kill Watershed Alliance
Kim Greenwood, Water Program Director and Staff Scientist for the Vermont Natural Resources Council
Ryan McCall, Stormwater District Manager for the Stormwater Managment Program at Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
Lydia Menendez, Assistant Director of the Vermont River Conservancy
Julie Moore, Water Resources Group Leader at Stone Environmental and Federation of Vermont Lakes and Ponds Board of Directors
Mary Russ, Executive Director of the White River Partnership
Ann Smith, Executive Director for the Friends of the Winooski River
Denise Smith, Director of the Friends of Northern Lake Champlain
Kelly Stettner, Director of the Black River Action Team
Perry Thomas, Vice-president of the Memphremagog Watershed Association
Watersheds United Vermont