Claire Donley of Lancaster is the new Buckeye Lake Watershed Coordinator. Claire earned a B.S. in Environmental Science from Muskingum College. Her work experience with federal, state and local governments includes serving with the National Park Service, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Franklin SWCD, Ohio EPA and The Nature Conservancy.
The principal priority of the Watershed Coordinator is to improve water quality in the streams feeding the lake. Implementing best management and conservation practices on public and private lands are the preferred methods to improve water quality.
The Buckeye Lake Watershed Coordinator position is grant-funded and administered by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Matching funds and in-kind services are being leveraged from many Licking County entities including Licking Soil & Water, Licking County Board of Commissioners, and Licking County Health Department. Counterparts in Fairfield and Perry Counties are also important collaborators. Regional supporters include, but are not limited to, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Ohio EPA, OSU Extension, Buckeye Lake for Tomorrow, Buckeye Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and the Buckeye Lake Foundation.