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In May, 2011, the Board of Directors of the Hoosic River Watershed Association (HooRWA) hired a new Executive Director. One of the priorities of the Executive Director, as well as that of the Board, was to review and revise the last Strategic Plan, initially developed in 2004 and revised in 2008. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, and coming off a recently concluded 3-year operating budget pledge campaign, the Board and staff agreed that this was a good time to seek new ideas and input, to develop a plan that supports membership growth and retention, to raise the profile of this successful but quiet organization and thereby inspire the Board, staff and organization members.
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HooRWA was founded in 1986 as a private, non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Over the years, we’ve had remarkable achievements, thanks to dedicated volunteers and riparian restoration projects. Full page »
Board of Directors 2013
President, Tom Hyde
Vice President, Thom Gentle
Secretary. John Case
Treasurer, Harold Brotzman
Bylaws of the Hoosic River Watershed Association, Inc.
Approved Unanimously, February 5, 2007
Revised April 6, 2009
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Our Mission and Vision
The Hoosic River Watershed Association is the citizens’ group that looks after the river. We are dedicated to the restoration, conservation and enjoyment of the Hoosic River and its watershed, through education, research, and advocacy. We envision a watershed that is ecologically sound and adds to the quality of life of its residents.
Every member helps HooRWA. You not only provide support for our programs– you add volume to HooRWA’s voice when we speak out for policies that will ensure a clean, safe river and a healthy watershed.
Volunteers have always been HooRWA’s backbone, whether dragging trash out of the river or providing highly specialized expertise. They include paddling enthusiasts, business owners, event organizers, teachers, artists, ecologists, parents, environmental scientists, planners, students, and –mostly!– people who just like taking care of our rivers and streams. Whether you are most comfortable in a boat, an office, a classroom, or a laboratory, there’s work to be done at HoorWA.
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Internships are sometimes available for undergraduate or graduate students who want experience in research, education, grassroots organization, or related fields. Intern projects have included doing water chemistry, designing programs for children, maintaining interpretive trails, and learning how nonprofits operate day-to-day.
Internships are not generally funded by HooRWA, but outside support may be available. Contact us to discuss ideas.