Healthy Waters Program

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The Healthy Waters Program is an outreach program within the Stormwater Management Division of the City of Oak Ridge Public Works Department, hosted by the resident AmeriCorps members. The program aims to educate the community on how to enhance the quality of our local waterways, address water quality issues in our city and enrich natural habitat in our urban area. This program hosts many events with the opportunity to volunteer throughout the year including the Adopt-A-Stream program, Tennessee Tree Day and the “Make it Take it” Rain Barrel Initiative. 

Who We Are:

Madeline Lyons:

Madeline is from Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia in 2020 with a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Science. In college, she worked with a community in the Blue Ridge Mountains to find practical ways to manage the local wildlife populations by involving residents and hopefully changing their behavior to promote a more sustainable coexistence. Madeline is looking forward to serving in Oak Ridge and working with the local community to educate and raise awareness on the importance of a healthy stormwater system, while also learning more about outreach and leaving the city better than when she came.

Vanessa Vaughn:

Vanessa is from Maryville, Tennessee. She graduated from The University of Alabama in May 2021 with her BS in Environmental Science. While in college, Vanessa became interested in environmental education and outreach by interning at her college’s arboretum and at Zoo Knoxville. Vanessa is passionate about the environment, and she is excited learn about water quality issues and how to best educate the Oak Ridge community. 

Amy Snyder:

Amy Snyder is the Stormwater Program Coordinator at the City of Oak Ridge and is responsible for overseeing the Stormwater Management Program. She is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a Master’s degree in Life Science, and a B.S. degree in Biology. In 2007 she hiked the entire length of the 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail, which became the driving force behind her career and personal life. She has a passion for water quality, environmental responsibility and protecting natural resources. She believes that a crucial piece of successful natural resource management incorporates education, innovative strategies, and civic engagement. Amy has over seven years of professional experience in the natural resources field, and doesn’t mind getting her shoes dirty. She is the proud recipient of a 2018 YSEALI reverse exchange fellowship where she had the opportunity to work with youth, and share knowledge with water quality professionals in Indonesia.