Curt Rogers has joined the Merrimack River Watershed Council as govt director.
Rogers succeeds Matthew Thorne who stepped down final August after two and a half years of service.
“We’re excited to have Curt be a part of the MRWC group,” mentioned board President Sarah Boehm. “Curt’s expertise main different nonprofit organizations might be an asset as he works with our employees, board and volunteers to make a optimistic impression within the watershed.”
Rogers brings greater than 20 years of nonprofit govt director expertise to the Watershed Council, with in-depth expertise in strategic management, monetary and program administration, neighborhood engagement and coverage advocacy.
He based and grew the Massachusetts state-wide GLBTQ Home Violence Venture to a $1 million group, created pioneering new programing, constructed a strong volunteer community and helped safe the primary congressionally-passed LGBT non-discrimination provision. Rogers has a extremely profitable observe report of securing and managing federal and state contracts. He additionally led the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society throughout a transition interval.
Rogers mentioned in a press release that he seeks to “leverage and help the extremely revered experience of our devoted employees to convey MRWC’s work to a brand new stage – and a more healthy, cleaner river.”
Rogers joins the council at a time when the Merrimack is at a crossroads, a press release mentioned, noting “it’s far cleaner than it as soon as was, but it surely faces a brand new slate of air pollution challenges fueled by fast improvement, local weather change and new kinds of contaminants that scientists and environmentalists are simply beginning to determine and perceive.”
The Watershed Council mentioned the once-heavily polluted Merrimack has undergone a outstanding restoration in current a long time. It’s now dwelling to a wholesome inhabitants of wildlife, similar to shortnosed sturgeon and bald eagles. It additionally gives ingesting water to over 600,000 folks and has develop into the centerpiece of financial revitalization in cities similar to Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell and Manchester. It provides, nevertheless, the river additionally faces important challenges from the impacts of local weather change, fast improvement, sewage discharges, polluted stormwater and rising contaminants similar to microplastics, pharmaceutical waste and PFAS “perpetually chemical substances.” The Merrimack is ranked as one of many nation’s prime 10 Most Endangered Rivers by the U.S. Forest Service.