Success of Yadkin Riverkeeper Programs Result in Appointment of New Executive Director and Riverkeeper

Yadkin Riverkeeper's education, awareness and action programs to protect clean water on North Carolina’s second largest river basin have resulted in much success. Consequently, the organization announced today that it is bolstering its leadership team with the appointment of a new Riverkeeper and the addition of a new position of Executive Director.

Taking over the management duties for the organization will be Terri Pratt as Executive Director. For nearly the past five years, Pratt successfully led the organization’s development and fundraising activities, growing Yadkin Riverkeeper’s membership and donor bases to support successful programs like the annual Tour de Yadkin, Operation Medicine Cabinet, a distinguished speaker series, education programs, outreach efforts and the organization’s fight against big polluters along the river. Prior to joining Yadkin Riverkeeper, Pratt spent seven years in fundraising and development at The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County during some of that organization’s periods of largest growth and impact. 

Yadkin Riverkeeper has appointed Will Scott as the organization’s new Riverkeeper. In his new role, Scott will be the lead advocate for preserving and protecting the Yadkin River basin. Annually, Yadkin Riverkeeper’s initiatives reach more than 4.2 million people through education, outreach and advocacy programs, including the annual Tour de Yadkin that lets people paddle the 165 miles of the river. A winner of the NC Wildlife Federation Governor’s Award for “Water Conservation Organization of the Year,” Yadkin Riverkeeper also runs critical programs that hold big polluters accountable for their actions and executes initiatives that educate stakeholders about issues on the river.

Scott holds a B.A in Political Science from the University of North Carolina and a Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, NC.  Scott’s interest in Yadkin Riverkeeper came from when he was an attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center where he worked with teams on state groundwater and federal air issues. He also was a research assistant at The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University in Durham, NC, where he analyzed Clean Air Act 111(d) cap and trade programs and helped write briefs on proposed hydraulic fracturing legislation.

“My childhood home sat by a small stream called Brooks’ Branch in Chatham County, NC,” said Scott. “It was there that I learned how to measure the health of a waterway through its flora, fauna and chemical composition at our monthly Streamwatch. As an adult, I’ve explored the Willamette, Rio Grande, Susquehanna, Cape Fear and Haw Rivers by canoe. But the Yadkin is special, and interesting, not only because of its pervasive influence over so many people and businesses in North Carolina, but also because the river comes in contact with so many pollution issues. I am humbled and excited to be part of its preservation.”

“With the creation of a position to focus on management of the organization and the addition of Will to the Yadkin Riverkeeper team, we are looking forward to our next chapter of growth and influence over the preservation of the Yadkin River,” said Liz Bozeman, president of the Board of Directors for Yadkin Riverkeeper. “They both have passion for the health of our waters, and we’ve significantly enhanced our legal acumen to help us fight some of the biggest polluters that we face. We’ve even received a $25,000 challenge grant from a major donor to help advance the next phase of our growth.”