Long Time River Champion Becomes WIDNR Administrator of the Division of Water

Long Time River Champion Becomes WIDNR Administrator of the Division of Water

Long-time GLAHNF ally and river champion Todd Ambs, executive director of River Alliance of Wisconsin (RAW), has left his position at RAW to become the Administrator of the Division of Water for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) under new DNR Secretary Scott Hassett. Hassett was recently appointed by incoming Governor Jim Doyle.Todd now oversees a staff of 700.Todd has dedicated the past five years to building River Alliance into one of the most successful (and formidable!) grassroots groups in the state. He is widely respected in the environmental community for his super-human efforts to help develop and pass stringent non-point pollution administrative rules for Wisconsin, one of the toughest non-point standards in the country.

River Alliance has also gained national recognition for its numerous successes in affecting the removal of small dams from Wisconsin rivers. Although Todd’s leadership will be missed in the private sector, we celebrate his appointment to this important position and look forward to working with him and the new DNR Secretary. His mantra for the past year has been, “Enforce the Clean Water Act!” and we hope he is able to institutionalize this goal.

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