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Liz G. Deardorff

Director, Clean Water Supply

Liz leads clean water initiatives for rivers, habitats and communities through improved practice and policy focused on natural hydrology and, sustainable and integrated water infrastructure management. She works to advance green infrastructure solutions to challenging stormwater problems by increasing the effectiveness of supporting federal, state and local regulation, enhancing engagement experiences and developing training for citizens, practitioners and urban municipal staff across Pennsylvania. In her work, she emphasizes partner coordination, stakeholder convening and capacity building.

Liz’s experiences range from improving river access, balancing interests among resource users, increasing conservation by recreational river users and experiences for outdoor recreationalists, protecting rivers from industrial degradation and training citizen-based groups on the tools of the Clean Water Act. She has worked across the mid-Atlantic states with focus in Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

As a whitewater canoeist, rivers have been an integral part of Liz’s life for 40 years. She has complemented her river time horseback riding, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, sailing, hiking and enjoying the outdoors with her husband, dogs and in recent years, grandchildren.

Education: Liz is a Geographer. She completed graduate studies at Virginia Tech and received an undergraduate degree from Mary Washington College. Additional studies include emergency medicine and American Sign Language.