BUCKEYE LAKE – Claire Donley of Lancaster was recently hired by the Perry Soil and Water Conservation District to serve as the Buckeye Lake Watershed Coordinator.
She will be working across county lines in coordination with all three soil and water conservation districts (Licking, Fairfield and Perry). Her focus will be on improving water quality in the streams feeding the lake by implementing best management and conservation practices on public and private lands. Partners include the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), area soil and water conservation districts, Ohio EPA, OSU Extension, Ohio Department of Agriculture and area county boards of health.
Donley earned a BS in Environmental Science from Muskingum College and has extensive experience with federal, state and local governments. Her experience includes positions with the National Park Service, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Franklin SWCD, Ohio EPA and The Nature Conservancy.
The new coordinator position is funded by grants from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Fairfield, Licking and Perry County Boards of Commissioners, the Fairfield, Licking and Perry SWCDs, Buckeye Lake for Tomorrow, Buckeye Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and the Buckeye Lake Foundation.