The Brodhead Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold a general meeting on Saturday, March 13, at 7 p.m. at the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road in Stroudsburg.
The topic for this meeting will be Climate Change and Our Pocono Waters. There will be two presenters.
Brian Wagner, will explain Trout Unlimited’s policy on climate change and what the group is doing in terms of raising awareness and supporting advocacy.
Wagner is a life member of Trout Unlimited and a past president of the Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited. He currently serves as the Pennsylvania representative to the Trout Unlimited National Leadership Council and chair the climate change work group. He also serves locally as secretary and youth coordinator of the Forks of the Delaware chapter of Trout Unlimited and serves on the board of the Bushkill Stream Conservancy. He is a certified fishing instructor for the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.
The other speaker is Emily Rinaldi, the Northeast PA campaign manager for PennFuture. Rinaldi will be speaking about the “Our Pocono Waters” campaign and how it is being used to educate the public and local leaders about the importance of protecting the existing condition of local waterways.
Rinaldi focuses on clean energy, watersheds and issues in the northeast region grounded in Mt. Pocono. She is the state lead for the Coalition of the Delaware River Watershed. Her other work focuses on community and coalition outreach/engagement on storm water management, environmental policy revolving around pipelines and natural gas drilling, and ways to reduce water pollution in the region.
Before joining PennFuture, Rinaldi was the watershed specialist for Pike County Conservation District. In that role she collected surface water and source water data in order to maintain pristine water quality in the Pocono Mountain region. Prior to this, she was also an urban resources conservationist at Berks County Conservation District, the director of Abington Area Joint Recreation Board’s Earth Camp, and a naturalist/river guide for Endless Mountain Outfitters.