This is the latest in a series of profiles and interviews of Project WET USA Coordinators compiled by Monica Kilpatrick, Project WET Georgia State Coordinator.
This month's featured coordinator is Holly Denham of North Carolina. Holly is an Environmental Specialist with the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources Division of Water Resources. She oversees education and outreach for the NC Division of Water Resources. Holly enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons as well as music, hiking, reading and cooking. She is also a self-proclaimed news junkie. Holly currently serves as the Chairperson of the Research & Evaluation WET Team.
Project WET (PW): Why did you want to be a Project WET Coordinator?
Holly Denham (HD): I have always been passionate about water, and this job is a great way to make a difference.
PW: What is unique about your water address?
HD: North Carolina spans from the Appalachian Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean and contains 17 major river basins. Some of our rivers eventually drain into the Mississippi River then into the Gulf of Mexico while others drain into the Atlantic Ocean.
PW: How does your water address impact the way you use Project WET?
HD: North Carolina is a very water-rich state, but we are also one of the fastest-developing states in the country. I spend a lot of time teaching about non-point source pollution and what individuals can do to lessen their impact. In addition, we have suffered long periods of drought in recent years. An understanding of how groundwater and surface water move and interact is crucial for understanding drought and drought recovery. I try to make sure that workshop participants come out with a firm understanding of how the hydrologic cycle really works.
PW: What is your fondest or funniest Project WET memory?
HD: I really enjoyed the Annual Conference in Arizona. I had never seen true desert before and in Sonoran desert, the cacti are used by animals like trees are here. The diversity of life was amazing!
To learn more about Holly and Project WET in North Carolina, visit the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources Division of Water Resources website. And stay tuned for the next Coordinator Spotlight!
Previous Coordinator Spotlights:
Kerry Schwartz of Arizona
Julie Scanlin of Idaho
Kim McCoy of Massachusetts
Erica Cox of Missouri
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