|[February 25, 2013]
U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities Retains Cadmus Principal to Advance Watershed Protection Efforts
WALTHAM, Mass. --(Business Wire)--
The Cadmus Group, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Endowment for
Forestry and Communities (the Endowment) has retained Tracy Mehan, a
principal with the company, to coordinate the Endowment's source water
G. Tracy Mehan, Cadmus principal, retained by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to coordinate the Endowment's source water protection efforts. (Photo: The Cadmus Group, Inc.)
Mehan will focus on working with the water utility industry and
individual utilities to help advance watershed protection in a systemic,
transformative, and sustainable way, which is a hallmark of the
Endowment's approach. His activities will be guided in part by the
recommendations presented in the Source (News - Alert) Water Protection Vision and
Roadmap, published by the Water Research Foundation in 2012.
"An estimated two out of three Americans receive their drinking water
from a forested watershed," noted Carlton Owen, the Endowment's
President and CEO. "Protecting, restoring, and improving management of
these working forests is the most economical way to ensure clean,
abundant supplies of drinking water. If the forests are lost or
degraded, water quality diminishes, triggering expensive treatment and
storage costs. We could not be more pleased to add Tracy to our team to
help advance protection of forested watersheds, which will, in turn,
save money for everyone."
"My colleagues and I are both pleased nd privileged to work with the
Endowment, water utility managers, and local communities to protect both
forests and drinking water, two of our most important assets," said
Mehan. "We appreciate this opportunity to enhance greater collaboration
between these two key sectors."
The primary focus of this initiative will be on source water protection
with a view toward cost-effective drinking water protection and the
generation of multiple ecological benefits beyond safe water, such as
habitat protection and carbon sequestration. Since healthy watersheds
reduce water treatment and storage costs while generating multiple other
environmental benefits, investments in protecting and managing
watersheds through sustainable funding mechanisms are cost-effective.
Increasing numbers of communities and utilities realize the importance
of watershed protection but lack the information, mechanisms, and/or
support required to bring about protection. This initiative will provide
or coordinate that support, particularly with regard to the financing
strategies needed to accomplish watershed protection.
"We are very pleased to have Tracy work on this effort to advance public
health and environmental protection," said Chi Ho Sham, Ph.D., senior
vice president of Cadmus' Environmental Science and Policy Division.
"Cadmus has a long history supporting drinking water source protection
programs at the federal, state, and local levels. The contributions to
be made by Tracy are consistent with Cadmus' mission in advancing social
Mehan's position is being co-funded by the Weyerhaeuser Family
Foundation and the American Water Works Association (AWWA).
About The Cadmus Group, Inc.
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address complex challenges by applying diverse skills and experiences in
a highly collaborative environment. By assisting our clients in
achieving their goals, we create social and economic value today and for
future generations. Founded in 1983, we leverage exceptional expertise
across a staff of more than 400 professionals in the physical and life
sciences, engineering, social sciences, strategic communication,
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States and abroad.
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