The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) is proud to welcome Tali MacArthur as the newest member of our watersheds team. A veteran program manager with deep experience in environmental and conservation fields, MacArthur will assume a leadership role in PEC’s sister entity, the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR), advancing its mission of education and outreach to community watershed organizations across Pennsylvania.
MacArthur comes to PEC from the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership, where she served as executive director, and previously the Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited. She also has project and grant management experience with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and has done work on water quality for the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and the University of Washington School of Marine Affairs.
“Tali will be building on the great work that POWR has been doing with river sojourns and mini-grants, training events and workshops, insurance assistance, and other initiatives,” PEC President Davitt Woodwell said. “The goal is to take that work to the next level and provide real value to the hundreds of watershed organizations across Pennsylvania.”
The immediate focus for POWR’s statewide outreach in 2019 will be the second Watershed Connections conference, to be held February 24-25 in State College. First held in 2017, the conference brings together local watershed advocates from all over the Commonwealth to network, learn from one another, and take advantage of training opportunities and other information resources.
“Water is one of nature’s most powerful yet most vulnerable resources,” MacArthur said. “By facilitating programs that encourage water-related stewardship, action, communication and outreach, I hope to ensure that PEC and POWR continue their critical roles in protecting Pennsylvania’s mighty and beautiful waterways.”
MacArthur holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina and a Master’s degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington. She will be based in Lewisburg, traveling regularly around the state to meet with watershed organizations and other partners.