MyRWA Announces Herron As New Executive Director

The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) announced the appointment of Patrick Herron, current MyRWA deputy director, to the position of executive director.

Herron will begin his new position at the Association on September 12, 2016.

“Patrick Herron has proven to the Board again and again over his over seven years with MyRWA that he is thoughtful, resourceful, and a visionary,” said John Reinhardt, president of the Board of Directors. “While we will miss EkOngKar Singh Khalsa, we are excited to engage Patrick Herron for the Mystic River’s next chapter as an invaluable urban resource.”

Herron began work with the Mystic River Watershed Association in 2009 as Water Quality Monitoring Director where he managed one of the most successful volunteer-supported water quality monitoring and

improvement programs in New England. In 2014 Herron was promoted to Deputy Director where he performed project management and grant writing to help the Association achieve its strategic goals. Herron

initiated many of MyRWA’s most innovative and effective projects, including the highly successful Water Chestnut Removal and River Herring Monitoring programs.

Prior to working for the Mystic River Watershed Association Herron earned a PhD in Plant Ecology and Evolutionary Ecology from the University of Connecticut and completed his Postdoctoral research at the Rowland Institute at Harvard University.

“After seven years spent developing and managing projects at MyRWA, I am very excited to lead this organization and speak on behalf of the interests of the thousands of members and stakeholders who care so deeply for Mystic parks, waters and environment,” said Patrick Herron.

Outgoing Executive Director EkOngKar (EK) Singh Khalsa is stepping down in order to take on new challenges nearer his West Coast family.

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