Monday, September 2, 2013

Alumna serving with AmeriCorps

Megan Liggett '13
Alumna Megan Liggett (’13, Biochemistry) reports that she has found a position serving with AmeriCorps with the Monday Creek Restoration Project in southeastern Ohio:

Megan writes: “I am serving as an AmeriCorps State and National volunteer with the nonprofit organization Rural Action.  Rural Action consists of a variety of projects including watershed restoration projects, Environmental Education, and Zero Waste Initiative, as well as work with several partner organizations, all working towards the goal of environmental, economic, and social development in Appalachian Ohio.  My specific assignment is with the Monday Creek Restoration Project in New Straitsville, Ohio.  Monday Creek has been heavily affected by acid mine drainage (AMD) as a result of mining that has occurred in the area over the past century. The primary goal of this project is to work with the community within the Monday Creek Watershed to address AMD and other environmental factors in order to improve the water quality of Monday Creek and its tributaries, and to improve the overall health of the watershed.  Over the course of the next 12 months I will be involved in a wide variety of projects including chemical water quality assessment, biological assessments, environmental education, training, and community involvement, as well as a number of other tasks both in Monday Creek and Rural Action.  I’m very excited to have this opportunity to serve the community in such a unique way, while learning skills that will help me with my future career and making memories that will last a lifetime.”
Monday Creek

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