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Meet Our Staff

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bullet    Kenneth H. Klipstein

bullet    Kathleen P. Hale
       Principal Watershed Protection Specialist

bullet    Robert A. O'Neil
       Principal Watershed Protection Specialist

bullet    Heather Desko
       Senior Watershed Protection Specialist

bullet    Jillian Stark
       Watershed Protection Specialist

bullet    Jared Berger
       Geospatial Information Specialist

bullet    Nick Zemlachenko
       Assistant Watershed Protection Specialist

bullet    Watershed Ambassador

bullet    Awards and Recognition

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Heather photoHeather (Barrett) Desko

Senior Watershed Protection Specialist

Email: hdesko@raritanbasin.org
Telephone: 908-730-0270 ext. 231

Heather graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Boston University with an M.A. in Energy and Environmental Analysis and a B.A. in Environmental Science. She spent a semester abroad with the Boston University Tropical Ecology Program in Ecuador.

Heather manages the Authority's water monitoring programs, aquatic invasive species projects, and community stormwater management programs, along with other outreach efforts, including the River-Friendly Programs. She has a solid background in conducting biological and visual assessments on stream corridors throughout central New Jersey and has several years of experience in environmental education and public outreach. She is a member of the New Jersey Water Monitoring Council, a Project WET Facilitator, and Aquatics Station Coordinator for the New Jersey Envirothon.

Heather served as the 2008-2009 Watershed Ambassador for the Lower Raritan, South River, and Lawrence Brook Watersheds (WMA 9) with the AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program. In her spare time, she loves to spend as much time as possible with her husband and son. Heather enjoys nature photography, barre, yoga, hiking, and kayaking.

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