Donna Lisenby, riverkeeper of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation has been elected to the leadership of the Waterkeeper Alliance Board of Directors, an international environmental advocacy organization.
Riverkeepers, coastkeepers, soundkeepers and baykeepers from Maine to Florida elected Lisenby to the board at its annual conference in June in East Stroudsburg, PA.
Waterkeeper Alliance supports 137 local waterkeepers defending the publicâ€™s right to clean water.
Lisenby is the second environmentalist from the Charlotte region to take a leadership position in a larger national organization. Lisa Renstrom, of Charlotte, was elected National President to the Sierra Club in May of this year.
Lisenby became the Catawba Riverkeeper in 1998, which she started with a board of directors and an idea for a strong environmental advocacy organization. Now the riverkeeper foundation has three full-time employees, a research director, two patrol boats and over 100 volunteers.
The foundation maintains Covekeeper programs on Lake Norman, Lake Wateree, Lake Wylie and Mountain Island Lake.
The river supplies drinking water for over 1 million Carolinians as well as providing recreational opportunities to 2 million residents and visitors to the region. by Staff Reports