OSM/VISTA Watershed Coordinator, Dix River Watershed Council, Danville, Kentucky
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement
 
How Caroline Walz got involved with Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement
I developed a passion for studying and protecting watersheds while interning for watershed/land trust non-profits in Florida, Maryland, and Virginia. I decided that after completing my undergraduate degree, I would like to continue in the field of watershed management. I was so impressed with a description of the work done by the Appalachian Coal Country Watershed Team from my college roommate who had served as a summer associate, I decided to apply!
 
Experience
I especially enjoyed serving as an area coordinator for the upper Dix River Watershed area for the Kentucky River Watershed Watch. I collected water samples from volunteers for the summer and fall sampling events for delivery to a lab for analysis. I love meeting volunteers who will wake up early on a Saturday morning to collect water samples to monitor the health of their favorite creek segment.
 
Caroline Walz's accomplishments
I have developed greater confidence in my ability to engage the public on a more intimate and personal level to generate interest and support for healthy streams. I have also learned how important developing networks of collaborating organizations is to ensuring the success of various projects.
 
Caroline Walz's next steps
I hope to find another position with which I can continue my service towards environmental protection.
 
Hometown: Richmond, Virginia
School: Hollins University
Major: B.S. Biology and International Studies