Advisory Board

Our advisory board consists of clean water advocates and experts from various organizations :

image4Rachel Conn is Projects Director for Amigos Bravos.  Rachel works to provide hands-on support to impacted New Mexico communities and watershed groups, review and comment on state and federal water policy issues, and conduct Clean Water Act trainings.  Rachel is a leader in the ongoing campaigns to hold Los Alamos National Lab accountable for pollution, restore river otters to New Mexico, protect the Red River from degradation caused by mining and unwise off-road vehicle use, monitor water quality of Taos County watersheds, and advocate for strong water quality standards throughout the state.  Prior to joining Amigos Bravos in 2001, Rachel worked in San Luis, CO on mining and water contamination issues and in Boston, MA for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

Amigos Bravos | Amigos Bravos has a vision of New Mexico’s rivers and streams running so clear and clean that you can bend a knee to the water, cup your hands, and drink without fear.


_MG_4964 DoneMaya Van Rossum is the Delaware Riverkeeper & leads the Delaware Riverkeeper Network. She heads a team of dedicated staff and volunteers who monitor the River and all of its tributaries for threats and challenges, who then takes this information to advocate, educate, and litigate for protection, restoration and change. The Delaware Riverkeeper and Delaware Riverkeeper Network work to restore natural balance in the River and watershed where it has been lost, and to ensure preservation where it still exists. In 1994, Maya came to work at the DRN. By 1996, she had been appointed the Delaware Riverkeeper. She testifies before state and national governing bodies, organizes concerned citizens, and keeps a close watch on the Delaware. Often, she is out on the water herself, keeping an eye on the River and looking for signs of pollution and illegal activity.

Delaware Riverkeeper Network | The Delaware Riverkeeper Network champions the rights of our communities to a Delaware River and tributary streams that are free-flowing, clean and healthy.


image3Andrew Whitehurst is Gulf Restoration Network’s Water Program Director. Andrew works to develop and implement healthy waters campaigns in Mississippi, advancing GRN public policy positions through administrative comment writing, public education and mobilization. Andrew has a B.A. in English from L.S.U. in 1982; a Master’s Degree in Wildlife Ecology from Mississippi State University in 1990; and a J.D. from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at L.S.U. in 1997. His experience includes work in coastal fisheries research, law and conservation outreach.

Gulf Restoration Network | The Gulf Restoration Network is committed to uniting and empowering people to protect and restore the natural resources of the Gulf Region.


image1-2Jon Devine is senior attorney* with NRDC’s water program and he leads the clean water solutions team. His work focuses on implementing, defending and strengthening Clean Water Act core programs. Jon specializes on the legal scope of the Clean Water Act; runoff pollution and the use of green infrastructure; water quality and nutrient pollution in the Mississippi River Basin; and mountaintop removal coal mining and its impacts on bodies of water in Appalachia. Prior to the water program, Jon worked with NRDC’s health and environment program for four years. Before joining NRDC in 2001, Jon was an attorney-advisor in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of General Counsel. Jon was a law clerk for Judge Phyllis Kravitch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1996 and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1991. Before attending law school, he was an environmental specialist in the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.
*Admitted in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia

Natural Resources Defence Council | NRDC works to safeguard the earth — its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.


image2Jan Goldman-Carter served as NWF Wetlands and Water Resources Counsel from 1987-1991 and returned in 2006 to manage the NWF campaign to restore Clean Water Act protections. As an environmental lawyer, she’s worked on wetlands issues across the country and in 1993 received the Environmental Protection Agency-Environmental Law Institute National Wetlands Award. Jan also served as a wetlands specialist with the EPA, Corps of Engineers and Fish & Wildlife Service. In her spare time she enjoys canoeing, kayaking, birding and otherwise being in, on and near the water.

National Wildlife Federation | National Wildlife Federation is a voice for wildlife, dedicated to protecting wildlife and habitat and inspiring the future generation of conservationists.


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