Charlotte native named Catawba Riverkeeper

news@lakewyliepilot.comJuly 16, 2013 

— The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, a nonprofit environmental organization that advocates for the protection, enhancement and enjoyment of the Catawba River, announces Sam Perkins will be the fourth Catawba Riverkeeper as the organization celebrates its 15th anniversary.

Rick Gaskins, who has been executive director of CRF for 5 years, and served as Riverkeeper for the 13 months during the search, will remain executive director.

Perkins was hired 13 months ago as the director o technical programs.

“During the past year, Sam has proven himself to be energetic, knowledgeable and willing to work countless hours to help protect the Catawba River,” Gaskins said.

A Charlotte native, Perkins earned a master’s degree in marine sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill, while studying hydrology and geochemistry on the Haw River. He holds two bachelor’s degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill – one from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the other from the Institute for the Environment.

“There is a special feeling in coming home and working to protect where I grew up so I can have children of my own who will be able to enjoy the beauty of the basin and its waterways,” he said. “After you go through seven years of college and grad school away from home, you come back with new tools and knowledge, and you see and interact with your hometown in a completely different way.”

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