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, 250K Tree Day and the “Make it Take it” Rain Barrel Initiative.
Who we are:
Tabitha moved to Tennessee from Winder, Georgia after graduating from Georgia College and State University with a degree in Public Health and a certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Tabitha is excited to serve the City of Oak Ridge, collaborate with the local community, and to learn more about the importance of sustainability and conservation through the maintenance of municipal stormwater systems. She hopes to later incorporate this knowledge into a career within the field of emergency management.
Kait grew up in the Connecticut River Valley in New Hampshire. She graduated from Smith College in western Massachusetts with a degree in Environmental Geoscience and a minor in Japanese. Before moving to Tennessee, she taught English for two years in Japan, but wants to get back into the sciences, specifically with environmental education and outreach. Kait is really looking forward to getting to know the City of Oak Ridge and its local community, and to improve the health of its local waters.
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 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.