Extension Water Team Welcomes New Water Resources Educator in Jefferson County

The Extension water team is happy to have a new Educator on board. Danielle Rhea will be based in Jefferson County and serving counties in north central Pennsylvania and beyond.
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Danielle Rhea is the new Water Resources Extension Educator in Jefferson County

Danielle Rhea graduated from Penn State in 2013, with a B.S. in Environmental Resource Management and minors in Watersheds and Water Resources and Environmental Soil Science. After graduation, she completed an internship with the Penn State Center: Pittsburgh, where she monitored green infrastructure in the city and created and delivered a curriculum for youth focusing on water quality, conservation science, and the use of rain barrels. She went on to two years of AmeriCorps with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s Watershed Conservation Program where she assisted with water quality monitoring, stream and riparian restoration projects, and educational programs for school-aged youth.

Most recently, Danielle worked for the Allegheny County Conservation District as an Agriculture Conservationist, working with farmers to educate them about proper manure management and conservation best management practices. Additionally, she administered Allegheny County’s Dirt, Gravel, and Low-Volume Roads Program, providing grants and technical assistance to municipalities making improvements to local roadways. While at ACCD, Danielle completed a M.S. in Environmental Science and Management from Duquesne University.

Danielle Rhea is excited to start her career with Penn State Extension as a Water Resource Educator in the Jefferson County office, and we are excited to have her as part of the Extension Water Team!