Environmental Professional to Speak on Water, Air Pollution at Catawba College


Rick Dove, environmental consultant and former Southeastern Representative for the Waterkeeper Alliance, will speak on “North Carolina’s Environment in the Eye of the Perfect Storm” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, at Catawba College.

The presentation, hosted by the Center for the Environment, will be in Tom Smith Auditorium in Ketner Hall on the Catawba campus.

Dove, a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law and the National War College, is a photo and video journalist who specializes in aerial and ground photography that documents sources of pollution.

The Neuse Riverkeeper during the 1990s, he has testified three times before the U.S. Congress on the impact of the microorganism, Pfiesteria piscicida, on the Neuse River; pollution generated by Confined Animals Operations; and issues related to air emissions from factory farms.

As spokesperson for the Neuse River between 1993 and 2000, he participated in more than 4,000 news stories, including media coverage by CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, CBN, NPR, BBC and many  TV and radio stations in North Carolina, Virginia, Iowa, Kentucky, Florida, Georgia, Maryland and others. He was also quoted in The New York Times, Newsweek, the Washington Post and other national publications.

He received the 2001 Nancy Susan Reynolds Award for Advocacy and was recognized by the Clean Water Network as a Clean Water Hero.  In 2000 he received the EPA Region IV Merit Award, the Alliance for a Responsible Swine Industry Appreciation Award and the N.C. Leadership Award from the North Carolina Watershed Coalition.

In addition, he has been awarded the National Conservation Medal for Preservation of Natural Resources by the Daughters of the American Revolution, named one of Time Magazine/Time for Kids Heroes of the Planet and honored by the Charlotte Observer as a Guardian of the Environment and the Raleigh News and Observer as one of 100 people who have shaped North Carolina in the past century.

His presentation is open to the public without charge, but registration is required.

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