Rebecca Drohan, who has been on the Coastal Carolina Riverwatch staff since 2018, is now the Coastal Carolina Waterkeeper.
Coastal Carolina Riverwatch announced Monday that its board of directors had recently appointed Drohan, describing the role of Waterkeepers as the voice of local watersheds who actively monitor water quality and protect streams from pollution.
The group said the water wardens are focusing on localized water bodies while working collectively with neighbors to resolve larger issues. They strive to empower polluters and engage the public through education and awareness.
Since joining Coastal Carolina Riverwatch, Drohan has organized awareness efforts on various water quality topics, coordinated volunteers for garbage cleanup and water monitoring, and organized the Crystal Coast Chapter. of Ocean Friendly establishments.
As a program coordinator with Coastal Carolina Riverwatch, Drohan worked to engage the community by coordinating volunteers for garbage cleanup and water monitoring, interactive programs for school-aged children, content creation virtual outreach and partnerships with local businesses on plastic reduction initiatives. Over the past three years, his on-the-job training has included collecting and analyzing water samples, aerial observations of watersheds, and water quality advocacy.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in sustainable development with a concentration in ecology from Appalachian State University.
His background includes outdoor education at Hemlock Bluffs State Nature Preserve and organizing on fossil fuel issues in the Chesapeake area.
Coastal Carolina Riverwatch Executive Director Lisa Rider said in a statement they were grateful to work alongside Drohan.
“She is a true defender of our waterways. She works as she says and is a role model for those who want to do more to protect the water quality and quality of life in eastern North Carolina. She has the perfect combination of technical skills and passion that supports our mission, ”she said.
Board Chairman Rick Kearney said that in his nearly three years with the organization, Drohan quickly took responsibility and was ready to take on the new challenges of Waterkeeper.
“She is passionate about our water quality mission and fully ready to elevate our work in environmental protection ENC,” he said.
Vice-chair of the board, Katie Tomberlin, said she met Drohan during her first week on the Riverwatch team.
“I had the chance to witness her passion for the environment, to work alongside her and to see her grow in this field. She is exactly what we need here in a Waterkeeper, and we are lucky to have her on board with us, ”she said.
The group said Drohan will lead several initiatives in his new role, including a campaign, Pure Farms Pure Waters, to work with other North Carolina water wardens and state advocates to combat the effects. on the water quality of concentrated animal feed operations. The group monitors the levels of bacteria surrounding these operations and performs aerial surveillance for potential violations. The group says it supports sustainable farms.
The group is also working to address microplastic pollution and water quality issues impacting North Carolina fisheries.
“Being your Waterkeeper is a job I am honored to have and take very seriously. Growing up kayaking, swimming, and exploring North Carolina’s watersheds, I developed a great admiration for our natural world and was inspired to protect it. However, not everyone has had the same privilege of enjoying clean and safe waterways. Our rivers, estuaries and coastal waters are so precious but are subject to many threats. As a water steward, I will advocate for clean water for all. said Drohan.
Concerns about watershed conditions can be reported to Coastal Carolina Riverwatch at www.coastalcarolinariverwatch.org/report-a-problem/.