Watershed Agricultural Council protecting water quality for nine million New Yorkers
Tara Collins, the Communications Director at the Watershed Agricultural Council in Walton, New York joins the Green Business Podcast Show working in conjunction with eNewYork. Collins oversees the organization’s marketing strategy, outreach efforts and the Council’s central messages of clean water, land conservation and economic viability within the New York City watershed region.
Listen to interview with host Eric Dye & guest Tara Collins discuss the following:
- You deal with clean water drinking, why is that so important?
- The Council is getting ready to celebrate its 20th anniversary. What has driven the Watershed Agricultural Council’s success?
- Can you tell us how the Council is achieving its goals with water quality?
- What is the Council doing to promote strong local economies in agriculture and forestry?
- How does all this lend itself to the entrepreneurial spirit?
- Where does the Watershed Agricultural Council see itself 20 years from now?
Tara Collins is the Communications Director at the Watershed Agricultural Council in Walton, NY. Collins oversees the organization’s marketing strategy, outreach efforts and the Council’s central messages of clean water, land conservation and economic viability within the New York City watershed region. She oversees the Council’s websites, print and electronic e-newsletters, press releases, annual reports, public speaking, FaceBook Page, tri-weekly blog, weekly radio show Watershed Wake-up Cal on wioxradio.org. She assists with the Council’s programmatic efforts in easement, agriculture, forestry and two buy local programs for food and wood products. Collins holds a Bachelors of Arts in Communications-Mass Media with a minor in Professional Writing from the College of New Jersey. She has worked as a freelance writer for over 20 years.
In her down time, Tara lives on a 40-acre farm in western Delaware County with her husband John, six cats, a half-dozen hens and a rooster named Red. A self-proclaimed “Water Snob,” Tara drinks more than her share of Catskill water, affectionately dubbed “the Champagne of the Catskills.”
The purpose of the Watershed Agricultural Council is to protect both the rural, land-based economy of the watershed region and the drinking water quality of over nine million people. Working with farmers, agribusinesses, forest landowners, forest industry professionals and others, the Council seeks to enhance both business profitability and environmental stewardship. It works through partnerships with other nonprofits organizations, government agencies and community stakeholders to achieve its purpose. The Watershed Agricultural Council is funded by The New York City Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Forest Service and other federal and foundation sources.
For more information, visit www.nycwatershed.org.
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