Shereen Hughes, Wetlands Watch and CBLP
How does your work support healthy streamside ecosystems in the James River watershed?
I train professionals to use conservation landscaping principles to design, install, and maintain riparian buffers and I promote protection and restoration of wetlands and natural floodplains to keep water clean, provide flood mitigation, and maintain a healthy biodiverse streamside ecosystem.
What do you love most about your work?
What was your journey/career path that led you to the work you do now?
I have always loved the outdoors, water, and plants. I worked as a consulting hydrogeologist, studied landscape design and had my own landscape design business and then pulled all my interests together through conservation landscaping, natural resource protection and stormwater management. When I train others, there is always an outside component, plant component, and hands-on activities – and often I am on the water!
What do you value most about the Consortium? How has it positively impacted your work?
I love being inspired by others to be innovative and working together to align our efforts towards our common goal of healthy streamside ecosystems. I have met so many interesting and committed people doing great work to restore our watersheds and critical riparian habitat.