Thank you for
offering me the opportunity to work as
co-chair of the conservation committee.
As for my background that I bring to
RICKA, I am a retired Environmental engineer
after a 40 year career in multiple states. I
finished my career in New York state
government responsible for water quality
management, specifically developing watershed
plans and regulatory controls to protect and
restore New York's wide-ranging waters.
On a personal level, I am a native of
Wisconsin and did some paddling and rafting in
the midwest. I spent most of my adult life in
New York and really came to love being on the
water in the beautiful Adirondacks. My wife
and I moved to Rhode Island 6 years ago to be
with her family and I joined RICKA shortly
thereafter to find a new home among fellow
I also became involved with local water issues
which lead to me volunteering with Rhode
Island Save the Lakes. As a board member of
STL, I represent their interest on the RI
Rivers Council and in partnership with the
Narragansett Bay Estuary Program.
I also try to stay abreast of broader natural
resources issues though participating in
educational opportunities such as the Land and
Water Conservation Summit. Through the years,
I have made numerous contacts in government,
academic and conservation organizations.
I look forward to working with you and
others who appreciate Rhode Island nature, and
sharing what I have and continue to learn on
ways to protect it.