Water Wednesday: Plastic Free Virginia
January 19 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Join PRKN staff and special guest, Katie Register, with Clean Virginia Waterways of Longwood University, to discuss plastic pollution in Virginia’s waterways and how our Potomac Riverkeeper is working to combat it.
This Water Wednesday will focus on discussing the 2021-2025 Virginia Marine Debris Reduction Plan, an updated plan with strategic, definitive actions to reduce debris in Virginia’s coastal waterways and the Atlantic Ocean. Harmful sources of plastic pollution are still too common along Virginia’s shorelines and become marine debris that ultimately flows into the ocean—including bottles, balloons, plastic bags, cigarette butts, and food containers. Katie Register, Executive Director of Clean Virginia Waterways of Longwood University, who worked closely with the Department of Environmental Quality to develop this plan will discuss their findings and how to change the behaviors that often cause litter.
Plus, Dean Naujoks, Potomac Riverkeeper, and Serena Moncion, Outreach Coordinator will discuss how Potomac Riverkeeper Network is working to combat plastic pollution in the Potomac River. We’ll also be discussing ways you can get involved, including trash cleanups on the Potomac, and a new youth coalition dedicated to reducing plastic pollution.
Plastic Free Virginia
Date: January 19, 2022
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Katie Register, Executive Director, Clean Virginia Waterways of Longwood University
Katie Register is Executive Director of Clean Virginia Waterways of Longwood University, and co-founder of the Virginia Plastic Pollution Prevention Network. She works extensively on preventing water pollution, focusing mainly on land-based sources of plastic pollution. She has done extensive research on the impacts of cigarette litter, convenience food packaging, helium-filled balloon litter, abandoned boats and influencing behavior change.
Katie has a Master’s degree from Miami University in Biology, and a Master’s degree from George Mason University in Environmental Science and Public Policy.
She has consulted with the National Geographic Society, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and works closely with the Ocean Conservancy, and the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program.
Dean Naujoks, Potomac Riverkeeper
Dean Naujoks joined Potomac Riverkeeper Network in 2015 as the Potomac Riverkeeper. Dean has over 20 years of environmental non-profit experience. He began his non-profit career in 1991 with the NC Wildlife Federation. After graduating from NC State University, with a self-created degree in Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development, he was hired as the first Upper Neuse Riverkeeper, serving from 2001 to 2008. He became the first Riverkeeper on the Yadkin River with Yadkin Riverkeeper, Inc. in 2008, also serving as Executive Director until 2014.
Serena Moncion, Outreach Coordinator
Serena is Potomac Riverkeeper Network’s Outreach Coordinator. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia and was an aquatic ecology research assistant. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia, Serena worked as an agroforestry extension agent in a community of smallholder farmers along the beautiful Mkushi River. Serena was also a grassroots electoral organizer on congressional campaigns in New Jersey in 2018 and Kansas in 2020. She grew up in Virginia Beach and still enjoys being outdoors among the trees and around the water, often with a book in hand.