US Endowment for Forestry and Communities retains Tracy Mehan, a principal with The Cadmus Group of Waltham, Massachusetts, to coordinate protection of forested watersheds

GREENVILLE, South Carolina , February 21, 2013 (press release) – The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (the Endowment) today announced that Tracy Mehan, a principal with The Cadmus Group, Inc., of Waltham, Massachusetts, has been retained to coordinate the Endowment’s source water protection efforts.

“An estimated two out of three Americans receive their drinking water from a forested watershed,” noted Carlton Owen, the Endowment’s President and CEO. “Protecting, restoring, and improving management of these working forests is the most economical way to ensure clean, abundant supplies of drinking water. If the forests are lost or degraded, water quality diminishes, triggering expensive treatment and storage costs. We could not be more pleased to add Tracy to our team to help advance protection of forested watersheds, which will, in turn, save money for everyone.”

Mehan was Assistant Administrator for Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 2001-2003. In that capacity he directed both the Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water Acts programs and developed new policies and guidances on watershed-based permitting and water quality trading. Mehan also served as director of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes and as director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Mehan will focus on working with the water utility industry and individual utilities to help advance watershed protection in a systemic, transformative, and sustainable way, which is a hallmark of the Endowment’s approach. “The Endowment’s goal is to help water users protect the watersheds upon which they depend,” Owen said.

“My colleagues and I are both pleased and privileged to work with the Endowment, water utility managers, and local communities to protect both forests and drinking water, two of our most important assets. We appreciate this opportunity to enhance greater collaboration between these two key sectors,” said Mehan.

Mehan’s position is being co-funded by the Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation and the American Water Works Association (AWWA). “AWWA is excited about the opportunity to collaborate with the Endowment to further source water protection so that the water entering utility treatment plants is of the highest possible quality,” said David LaFrance, AWWA Executive Director.

Mehan’s activities will be guided in part by the recommendations presented in the Source Water Protection Vision and Roadmap, published by the Water Research Foundation in 2012.

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The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (the Endowment) is a not-for-profit public charity working collaboratively with partners in the public and private sectors to advance systemic, transformative, and sustainable change for the health and vitality of the nation’s working forests and forest-reliant communities – www.usendowment.org.

American Water Works Association Alan Roberson, Director of Federal Relations, 202-326-6127, aroberson@awwa.org. Founded in 1881, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) is an international, nonprofit, scientific and educational society committed to the safety and improvement of water quality and supply. With more than 50,000 members, AWWA represents professionals from the full spectrum of the water community -- www.awwa.org.

The Cadmus Group, Inc. Chi Ho Sham, Senior Vice President, 617-673-7156; ChiHo.Sham@cadmusgroup.com. Cadmus is an employee-owned consultancy committed to helping our clients address complex challenges by applying diverse skills and experiences in a highly collaborative environment. By assisting our clients in achieving their goals, we create social and economic value today and for future generations. Founded in 1983, we leverage exceptional expertise across a staff of more than 400 professionals who provide an array of research and analytical services in the United States and abroad -- www.cadmusgroup.com.

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