On April 5, the Catawba Riverkeeper team welcomed Grant Buckner, the new Northern Basin Coordinator.

Grant will work to advance the goals of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation. He’ll collaborate with Lake James Environmental Association and a variety of stakeholders to develop a watershed management plan for the Northern Basin of the Catawba River. Additionally, he’ll help the Catawba Riverkeeper coordinate and implement current projects, such as the Swim Guide Program.

Grant is a native of Western North Carolina. He received his Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and his Masters of Science in Biology at the Appalachian State University. For his master’s thesis, he focused on biomonitoring using aquatic insects in Central America. Before joining the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, Grant worked as an Adjunct Lab Instructor in the Biology Department at Appalachian State University. Grant’s passion for protecting rivers stems from fly fishing while growing up in Western North Carolina. In his free time, Grant enjoys birding, wildlife photography, and fly fishing.