Phillips Tapped As New Coastkeeper, ACT Exec. Director

BERLIN – The Assateague Coastal Trust (ACT) announced this
week it has hired Worcester County resident and environmental steward Kathy
Phillips to take over as the new Assateague Coastkeeper effective April 1.

Phillips will also serve as the Executive Director of the
Assateague Coastal Trust. She replaces Jay Charland, who served as the
Coastkeeper from October 2002 until August 2006.

"Kathy will be our advocate for healthy water and
sound environmental policy in the coastal bays,” said ACT President Jim Rapp.
“She will be a voice for protecting the natural resources of coastal Worcester
and Accomack counties.”       

As Coastkeeper, Phillips’ main job is to monitor land and
water uses along the coastal bays and to work with local stakeholders to
promote responsible environmental stewardship. She will be patrolling the tidal
creeks, bays, barrier islands and coastal mainland from the Saint Martin’s
River in Maryland to Horntown Bay in Virginia.
"The wetlands and bays of the Maryland and Virginia Eastern Shore are a
national treasure. This is a wonderful opportunity for me to help preserve
something I love,” Phillips said. “I’ve seen the changes that have taken place
over the last 30 years and working as Coastkeeper I’ll be able to ensure that
our land and waterways will be protected for generations to come.”
Phillips added, “I hope to build a stronger working relationship with all
stakeholders in the Assateague Coastkeeper territory. Through better public education
and a strong commitment among all those who live and work along our coastal
bays, we can protect our waterways and the environment upon which all living
beings depend.”
A Worcester County resident since 1971, Phillips brings experience in advocacy
and coalition building for surfing rights and beach access through her 15-year
career as the Executive Director of the Eastern Surfing Association. She
campaigned unsuccessfully for Worcester County Commission in 2006 but made
certain that land and water conservation was a major issue of discussion during
the elections.

Coastal Trust will present several key initiatives and introduce the new
Coastkeeper at a press conference later this month. Details will be announced
Citizens of Worcester and Accomack counties are encouraged to call Phillips
when they observe an environmental violation or if they have a question about
state and local policies at 410-629-1538. Problems and questions can also be
directed to [email protected]