The Board of Directors of the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly (MRWA) announces the appointment of Mr. Scott Faulkner of Newaygo Michigan as incoming Executive Director to the organization, effective April 1st, 2021. According to Board Chairman Ken Johnson of Muskegon, “Mr. Faulkner was selected from a substantial pool of highly qualified candidates by our Executive Search Committee. Mr. Faulkner received unanimous support from our Board on Monday March 15, 2021.”
pictured, Scott Faulkner
Chairman Johnson added, “The MRWA is enthusiastic to more actively engage a broad range of stakeholders and accomplish important projects that benefit the entire watershed. We believe Scott’s lifelong experience as a business and social entrepreneur, a Senior Manager, and a non-profit supporter, along with his recent government experience makes him a terrific choice for our expanded mission at this time.”
Previous Executive Director Marty Holtgren, PhD, will now hold the positon of MRWA Principal Watershed Scientist, having led the expanded portfolio of MRWA research and field projects in recent years to include reforestation, Lake Sturgeon assessments, and shoreline bank stabilization, as well as furthering a range of educational, scientific, and conservation initiatives. These initiatives, along with a small series of targeted private dam removals, have had substantial positive impact throughout the watershed.
“The MRWA is a high-impact organization with a diverse Board of Directors from across environment, education, science, and business disciplines”, stated incoming Executive Director Scott Faulkner. “In order for the MRWA to thrive in a post-pandemic world and provide for future economic resiliency, we will need to not only embrace and showcase the critical environmental work that is our legacy, but also seek to collaborate with and strengthen communities and businesses throughout the watershed. We will do this together through a portfolio of innovative services and projects, recognizing that a healthy environment strengthens local economies and enhances property values.”
The Muskegon River Watershed Assembly is dedicated to the preservation, protection, restoration, and sustainable use of the Muskegon River, the land it drains, and the life it supports, through educational, scientific and conservation initiatives.
The Muskegon River Watershed Assembly is a Michigan 501(c) 3 not-for-profit corporation.