Meet Your New Middle Susquehanna RIVERKEEPER®
WATERKEEPER® ALLIANCE, an international organization led by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., recently named Carol Parenzan Smalley as its new Middle Susquehanna RIVERKEEPER®. Smalley joins approximately 200 other waterkeepers around the world.
From Waterkeeper.org, WATERKEEPER® ALLIANCE provides a way for communities to stand up for their right to clean water and for the wise and equitable use of water resources, both locally and globally. The vision of the Waterkeeper movement is for fishable, swimmable, and drinkable waterways worldwide. Our belief is that the best way to achieve this vision is through the Waterkeeper method of grassroots advocacy.”
Carol Parenzan Smalley can be found on, in, near, and around water. Born in Hershey (PA), she earned an environmental engineering degree with the focus on water with honors from Penn State. As a college student, she interned with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission. She has paddled hundreds of miles on the Susquehanna River and its tributaries. Her family roots extend into the coal region and watershed she will serve.
Smalley’s career has included organizational start-ups and expansions, technical communications, and engineering consulting. Her work has included river restoration, dam removal, fish runs/ladders, environmental/navigational dredging, estuary/coastal remediation, invasive species, current flow analysis, underground storage tank and subsurface utilities investigation, environmental site remediation, sedimentation sampling, flood zone management, environmental law, water/wastewater/stormwater management, wetland delineation/management/
rehabilitation, and Brownfield and waterfront development.
Smalley is also an educator. She created more than 30 programs for The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, including several with environmental themes. She has developed and presented a wide range of environmental programs to children and adults, including “SPLASH! into New York State Water Science,” “Grow Your Green Esteem,” and “Hoo Cares? Saving Endangered Animals and Plants through Story.”
She is the author of over 30 books, including several on the environment. Her titles include A Project Guide to Fish and Amphibians; Tell Your Parents: Green Changes You Can Make Around Your Home; Threat to the Spotted Owl; Ride the Giant Waves with Garrett McNamara; What's So Great about Henry Hudson?; Around Caroga Lake, Canada Lake, and Pine Lake; and The Growing Story of Milton Hershey School (a commissioned piece that parallels the life of the school to an oak tree).
Her territory will include the West Branch of the Susquehanna River and the mainstem of the Susquehanna River and its tributaries, starting at Sunbury and traveling west into the Alleghany Mountains and north to the New York border.
Her primary focuses will be the environmental impacts of natural gas exploration, fish and other wildlife concerns, acid (or abandoned) mine drainage, and point and non-point pollution sources. She will be creating a non-profit organization to support the efforts of the Middle Susquehanna RIVERKEEPER®.
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Congratulations, Carol. I wish you all the best.