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OneWatershed 2016

WV Rivers Welcomes OneWatershed Fellows

West Virginia Rivers has announced its 2016 OneWatershed Fellows. The six students, ranging from ages 16 to 25 from across West Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay, travel to Shepherdstown, WV, September 9–11, for a weekend of training at the National Conservation Training Center in. As part of their fellowships, the students will collaborate with local watershed groups on outreach programs designed to recruit young volunteers to watershed projects.

The 2016 OneWatershed Fellows are: 

Dia Brown, age 17, Huntingtown MD
. Dia founded Crochet for the Bay when she was in the 7th grade. She has middle and high school students crochet, knit, and otherwise create items for sale — the proceeds go to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for conservation and restoration. Dia aspires too be an environmental engineer focused on green infrastructure.

Evan Byrne, age 19, Bethany, WV
. An Arizona native, Evan is studying media and marketing at Bethany College. He has been president of the college’s outdoor club and taken on many other volunteer leadership roles, including vice president of the Public Relations Student Society of America. He wants to use his media training to reach people about the environment.

Zapporah Ellis, age 17, Kearneysville, WV
. Zapporah volunteers with Potomac Valley West Virginia Master Naturalist Program, the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honors Society at her school. Recent activities include assisting with a monarch butterfly garden and running a booth at the BioBlitz in Harpers Ferry. She’d like to become an environmental engineer.

Maddie Ferrell, age 21, Charleston, WV
. Maddie is a senior at WVU in Morgantown, where she studies environmental science with a communications minor. She is an outdoors women and activist who wants to help grow public understanding of the scientific complexities of the environment. She walks the walk, too, volunteering on the Green Patrol to clean up trash after campus events. Maddie wants to use her training for a career in environmental advocacy.

Evan Janis, age 20, Baltimore, MD
. Evan is an environmental biology major who grew up in Baltimore County, where he gained a passion for the fragile ecosystem of the Chesapeake Bay. He volunteers with the Back River Restoration Committee and, for seven years, with Project Clean Stream. Evan looks forward to a career as a conservation biologist.

Joseph Lilly, age 25, Morgantown, WV
. Joseph, a.k.a. Corey, grew up in Shady Spring, WV, where his love for the outdoors was sparked by the New River Gorge National Park. There he began working as a video kayaker in the summers, while studying geology and geography at West Virginia University. His dream is to combine his interests in video and media with the sciences he studies to help relay complex issues to the general public as a science communicator. Corey also volunteers at the annual Cheat River Fest. 

At the Shepherdstown training weekend, the OneWatershed fellows will team up with leaders from Sleepy Creek Watershed Association, Warm Springs Watershed Association, and Bullskin Run Watershed Association.