Ocean Conservancy CEO Janis Searles Jones, a lawyer, advocate and marine conservation expert, has joined the nonprofit funders’ network Rachel’s Network as a Leadership Liaison. Janis leads Ocean Conservancy’s work on tackling the pervasive and growing problem of marine debris, risky oil and gas development in places like the Arctic, climate change and ocean acidification, sustainable fisheries, and more.
What does it take to be resilient in challenging times? That’s the question we posed on our trip to South Florida for our Annual Meeting in March. The region has a fraught past when it comes to environmental protection, but advocates and conservationists are making progress, and Rachel’s Network was there to learn about and celebrate their efforts.
From Washington to communities all across the country, we are continuing her fight to protect the health of American families, says Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council. NRDC’s recent report on water safety documents and maps the disturbing prevalence of lead in drinking water all across America, as well as the lack of official response to numerous violations of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead and Copper Rule.
On December 4, 2016, the US Army Corps of Engineers said it would reconsider the Dakota Access Pipeline route. This announcement was met with celebration by those who had been working for months to stop the pipeline, and years to advocate for indigenous rights. Trish Weber talks about the groups on the ground who made this cautious victory possible.
Fixing Lake Tahoe’s stormwater pollution problem will take both science and political will. The League to Save Lake Tahoe’s citizen science program “Pipe Keepers” is helping on both fronts. Pipe Keepers volunteers are building a rich dataset that the League shares with local agencies and Tahoe researchers to better understand the problem.