South River Federation Exec Director to Step Down to Lead County Stormwater Program

Erik Michelsen, the executive director of the South River Federation (SRF), is stepping down to serve as administrator of Anne Arundel County’s recently created Watershed Protection and Restoration Program (WPRP). Michelsen has been with SRF since 2008. He took over for South River Federation founder Kinsey Potter.

South River Federation's Kurt Mantay, Eric Michelsen, Diana Muller and the owner of Homestead Gardens Brian Riddle.

South River Federation’s Kurt Mantay, Eric Michelsen, Diana Muller and the owner of Homestead Gardens Brian Riddle.

In his new role, Michelsen will oversee the county’s stormwater planning, education and restoration efforts aimed at cleaning up the County’s waterways and meeting its state and federal permit obligations.

“I look forward to serving the people of Anne Arundel County in much the same way that I’ve served the residents of the South River watershed over the past 5 years,” said Michelsen. “I will continue to bring a solutions‐oriented approach to cleaning up our streams, creeks, and rivers in a way that engages the public and gives them the confidence that their hard earned dollars are being well spent for the purposes they were intended.”

In his tenure with the Federation, Michelsen secured over $8 million in restoration funding for the recovery of the South River, with additional commitments of several million more from various partner agencies. Among those are the restoration of the Church Creek headwaters, the re‐establishment of wetlands at the Davidsonville Wildlife Sanctuary, and an innovative stormwater/living shoreline hybrid project in the community of Arundel on the Bay. The organization is well‐situated to continue moving ahead with its restoration implementation agenda, stewarded by Restoration Project Manager, Kirk Mantay, and its robust scientific monitoring program, headed by South Riverkeeper, Diana Muller.

“We congratulate Erik as he moves on to his next, great opportunity. Under Erik’s leadership, the South River Federation has grown to be among the top watershed organization’s in the state, and we are poised to continue growing the organization and restoring the health of the South River based on the path he has helped orchestrate,” said Federation Board Chair, Lynn Buhl.

The Federation will be conducting a broad search for its next Executive Director beginning in February 2014. Inquiries about the position should be directed to the Federation office at 410‐224‐3802.

 

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