SRWP Welcomes New Education Coordinator

Jul 14, 2005

The Sacramento River Watershed Program (SRWP) extends its welcome to Mary Lee Knecht, the Program’s new Education Coordinator. Knecht comes to SRWP with nine years of experience in watershed management and public outreach. As Education Coordinator, she is responsible for overseeing the program’s Public Outreach and Education Strategy. She will also be coordinating K-12 environmental education activities such as GLOBE workshops, River of Words competitions, and other events aimed at school kids.

Knecht’s additional public outreach responsibilities include the SRWP exhibit, newsletter and web site. She also provides assistance to SRWP Program Coordinator, Kathy Russick, with support for the SRWP Board, SRWP Public Outreach and Education Subcommittee (POES), SRWP Annual Stakeholder Meeting, and other events.

“We are excited to have Mary Lee on our team,” said Kathy Russick, SRWP Program Coordinator. “Her extensive experience with watershed programs and activities adds a new dimension to the education coordinator position, which will allow her to effectively communicate the Program’s message. Mary Lee has worked with several SRWP stakeholders in the past, so she understands the wide variety of interests and opinions that exist.”

Prior to joining SRWP, Knecht worked at Jones & Stokes where she served as lead consultant to the CALFED Watershed Program. Since the inception of the CALFED’s Watershed Program in 1998, she has served as the key contact for local watershed groups on behalf of the program and coordinated monthly stakeholder meetings of the Bay-Delta Watershed Advisory Committee (BDPAC) Watershed Subcommittee.

While at Jones & Stokes, Knecht also served as the watershed coordinator for the Cache Creek Watershed Stakeholders Group, managed the development of a management plan for the Clear Lake Basin, and served as project manager of CALFED’s Environmental Water Program.

Knecht is Vice President of the California Watershed Network, a non-profit organization to help people protect and restore the natural environments of California watersheds while ensuring healthy and sustainable communities.

Knecht has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from UC Berkeley. She resides in Sacramento’s Land Park with her husband, and two boys (George, 3 and Sam, 9 months).

About the Sacramento River Watershed Program (SRWP)
The Sacramento River Watershed Program (SRWP) was initiated in February of 1996 in order to provide a forum for watershed stakeholders to work together to ensure that Sacramento River watershed resources are sustained, restored, and where possible, enhanced, while promoting the long-term social and economic vitality of the region. SRWP consists of citizens, watershed organizations, environmental groups, educators and government agencies at all levels.

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