Dear Coastal Carolina Riverwatch members, volunteers, and supporters,
With a heavy heart, I will be moving from my position as White Oak Waterkeeper at Coastal Coastal Carolina Riverwatch at the end of July 2022 to pursue furthering my education.
I have absolutely loved my experience here with CCRW and in coastal NC. I am looking forward to expanding my horizons by exploring new fields of work and using what I have learned from this experience to grow as an advocate for change.
Working for CCRW has been the most rewarding chapter of my life thus far. It has been an honor to serve our waterways alongside all of you and I could not have asked for a better colleague and mentor than Executive Director, Lisa Rider.
In my four years of employment with CCRW, we have accomplished so much through grassroots community action.
We have worked collaboratively with East Coast advocates to achieve a moratorium on offshore drilling, reinvigorated our Pure Farms, Pure Waters program, developed a targeted CAFO monitoring program, certified 30 Ocean Friendly Establishments, greatly increased our network of partners, connected our community to sustainable food alternatives, impeded irresponsible coastal development, removed over 20,000 pounds of marine debris, and developed meaningful relationships with our fishing community.
I believe there is a very noticeable increase in our community’s environmental awareness and engagement due to CCRW’s efforts and support from water quality advocates like you.
None of this work would be possible without a strong cohort of volunteers, members, and supporters. I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to each of you for your part in these achievements.
Watching CCRW grow, and helping to build it with staff, board, and our community has been so impactful for me, but more importantly for our waterways.
I look forward to CCRW’s continued success, and I know I will be a lifetime advocate for water quality.
Though I am departing, I will forever be an avid supporter of CCRW’s work and mission because I will always believe in it so strongly.
White Oak Waterkeeper