MyRWA Announces New Executive Director

The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) is delighted to announce the appointment of Patrick Herron, current MyRWA Deputy Director, to the position of Executive Director effective September 12, 2016.
atrick has a PhD in Plant Ecology from the University of Connecticut and has served MyRWA since 2009. In his work both as Deputy Director and as Director of Water Quality, Patrick has demonstrated tireless energy and enthusiasm for our work. In recent years he has initiated many of MyRWA’s most innovative and effective projects. Key among these projects are the highly successful Water Chestnut Removal and River Herring Monitoring programs. Patrick accomplished all this while also managing one of the most successful volunteer-supported water quality monitoring and improvement programs in New England.
Outgoing Executive Director EkOngKar (EK) Singh Khalsa is stepping down in order to take on exciting new challenges nearer his West Coast family. As Executive Director of the Amah Mutsun Land Trust, EK will help build organizational capacity and funding to support the environmental restoration of native lands and sacred sites in northern California.

“I have truly enjoyed my time with the Mystic River Watershed Association and I am grateful for every opportunity MyRWA has given me," EK Khalsa said. "I am confident that Patrick Herron will provide the qualified, dedicated leadership that a successful non-profit requires. We are fortunate to have an experienced individual who in addition to knowing how MyRWA functions, has the unique scientific training, intelligence, good humor, and high caliber to lead our newest endeavors."
Additional information about this important transition as well as a farewell celebration for EK on September 8th will be provided throughout the summer. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to Patrick and/or EK with any questions or to share your thoughts.