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Aug 30

District Welcomes New Water Quality Team Member!

Posted on August 30, 2016 at 10:38 AM by Allan Warren

B Paterno photoBelinda Paterno joined the Pierce Conservation District in late May of 2016. As our new Water Quality Technician, she manages the volunteer water quality monitoring program and coordinates streamside restoration projects. Her favorite part of the job is working with volunteers to connect them with their local watershed.

Belinda grew up in Western Washington and spent weeks during the summer months traveling to different national parks with her parents. Experiencing firsthand the beauty of nature and wanting to learn more about the environment led Belinda to earn a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana and a M.S. in Environmental Science from Washington State University.
Belinda is pictured here surveying for amphibian egg 
masses at Snake Lake for the Tacoma Nature Center.


During breaks from college Belinda honed her field skills at the Washington State University Extension Center in Puyallup working in farm maintenance, sustainable agriculture, plant pathology, and biocontrol for noxious weeds. Belinda also has a background in environmental education with experience at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue and at the Tacoma Nature Center. She worked with preschoolers through adults teaching and sharing about the wonders of nature. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, camping, and running in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Get to know Belinda in person at our upcoming Stewardship Planting event at Murray Creek!

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