Catawba Riverkeeper is thrilled to welcome three new members to our team. Zach Norton, an AmeriCorps Member is serving as our new Fish Guide Coordinator. We’re also glad to welcome back Morgan Long, an AmeriCorps Member, who worked as a “CAMP IN A BOX” developer and counselor this summer. Morgan is serving as Education Coordinator.
We’re also pleased to introduce Greg Nance, our new Watershed Protection Specialist.
Zach Norton, Fish Guide Coordinator
As an AmeriCorps Member, Zach serves as our Fish Guide Coordinator. In this role, Zach is developing a new program for Catawba Riverkeeper called FISH GUIDE. The Fish Guide Program will seek to serve fishermen and women from all across the basin. This program will help those that love to fish connect with the mission and programs of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation. By listing to the needs of our fishing community and developing customized programs to meet those needs, Zach will create a pilot program that will provide critical information and support for all types of fishing enthusiasts. Zach is a native of the North Georgia Mountains. He attended the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, GA where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Middle Grades Education in 2012. Following college, Zach served as a middle school science teacher in North Georgia for six years. Following his time as a teacher, Zach took a job as a Fly Fishing Guide on the Toccoa River in Blue Ridge, GA. Zach has a passion for protecting, restoring, and preserving our natural resources. Zach loves the water for all of its recreational opportunities, but none more than fly fishing. Zach accepted the Fish Guide Coordinator position with the Catawba Riverkeeper in August 2020 as an opportunity to do meaningful work in a field that aligns with his long term career focus.
Morgan Long, Education Coordinator
As an AmeriCorps Member, Morgan serves as our Education Coordinator. In this role, Morgan refines and advances our environmental education programming for people of all ages to learn more about the Catawba River Basin and the ecosystems it encompasses. She also works to develop new educational programming to serve all areas of the basin.
A Charlotte native that was raised just across the river, in Mount Holly, Morgan earned a B.S. in Earth and Environmental Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has worked throughout New England as an Environmental Educator with the nonprofit Nature’s Classroom. From Maine to Connecticut she has taught in a variety of ecosystems. She is happy to be back to her roots here, in North Carolina, with opportunities to explore and teach in the Catawba-Wateree River Basin. Morgan is currently working to complete her North Carolina Environmental Educator (NCEE) Certification.
In her free time she enjoys hiking, camping, and crafting throughout the state. While her hobbies are continuously growing she’s always more than happy to strike up conversations on wildlife and mushroom hunting within the Basin.
Greg Nance, Watershed Protection Specialist
As Watershed Protection Specialist, Greg is responsible for coordinating the Catawba Riverkeeper’s popular clean-up, trash removal, and litter mitigation programs. Greg leads the organization’s Litter Gitter Program in partnership with Osprey Initiative and coordinates group and corporate volunteer clean-up programs across the basin. Additionally, Greg’s eyes are on the waters of the basin as he assists with responding to and monitoring citizen reported sites of pollution, sedimentation, and other problematic areas.
Greg grew up in Asheboro, NC close to the Uwharrie River where he developed his passion for the water. He moved to the Charlotte area in 2008 to pursue a career in the whitewater industry. He now has over a decade of experience working on and exploring rivers and creeks in the southeastern United States and as far west as the Grand Canyon.
Over the years he has participated and organized river cleanups in various basins. He started with the Catawba Riverkeeper as a volunteer and eventually became an Ambassador, Water Watcher, and employee of the Litter Gitter project. Now as the leader of this program, Greg hopes his impact on keeping our waters clean and pure will be even greater. When he is not working Greg enjoys spending time with his wife and son in the outdoors and planning his next big adventure.