U.S. Dept. of Interior advisor to explain Obama-administration plans for rivers

From the RiverLink press release

ASHEVILLE, NC — RiverLink, co-host of the 2012 North American River Management Symposium from April 24-26 in Asheville, is proud to announce that Rebecca Wodder, senior advisor to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, will speak at the kickoff of the gathering. Her speech, entitled “Protecting, Restoring and Reconnecting with Rivers through America’s Great Outdoors Initiative,” will focus on what the Obama Administration has in mind for Interior Department agencies and their state and local partners across the country. RiverLink also has firsthand knowledge of the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative, having hosted a listening session in Asheville in July, 2010.

Ms. Wodder will discuss the Obama administration’s signature conservation and outdoor recreation initiative. Ms. Wodder has a thorough understanding of river management issues, having served as president of American Rivers, a national non-profit conservation organization dedicated to protecting and restoring American rivers, from 1995-2011. She also served as senior staff at the Wilderness Society and worked for Senator Gaylord Nelson, the “founding father” of modern environmental law.

Every other year, the River Management Society holds an international symposium on river management and planning. RiverLink went through and won a bidding process for the 2012 symposium to bring an expected 400 guests to the Asheville area. The meeting is designed to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, techniques and strategies concerning river management, and to encourage the formation of networks and partnerships among a broad range of river professionals. RiverLink members are eligible for a reduced registration fee to attend the conference. RiverLink has also secured continuing education credits for area professionals. For more information, contact karen@riverlink.org.

“Asheville’s stature as ‘Beer City USA’ was a factor in luring the RMS symposium here,” said RiverLink Executive Director Karen Cragnolin. “The French Broad River, the good water, the natural beauty of the area, the recreation options, historic buildings and the great beer are real economic activity incentives that attract people to our fair city.”

RiverLink is a regional non-profit spearheading the economic and environmental revitalization of the French Broad River and its tributaries as a place to live, work and play. Located in Asheville’s River Arts District, RiverLink has taken the lead on greenways, clean water and economic development. To learn more about RiverLink visit their website at www.riverlink.org


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