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Betsy Bass

Betsy Bass
Director

Growing up near fresh water (Wilton, Maine) and salt water (West Boothbay Harbor, Maine) and appreciating both their beauty and the life they supported developed my fascination with anything water since childhood. Consequently, I entered a career in Oceanographic research earning a Master’s degree in Marine Environmental Sciences in the early 1980s.I realized that protecting these resources and working with people fit me better, so a second Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management with a concentration in Planning, landed me in the land use planning and resource management field—working with towns and teaching workshops on water quality, groundwater protection and other environmental issues. I began working with the ENVIROTHON. I also worked for several years on the Maine Department of Environmental Protection Grants for Phosphorus Control in Lake Watersheds. With small children and loss of funding for water quality programs, I left Regional Planning. I became the Executive Director of Maine COLA in the 1990s. For reasons related to family life schedules, I moved into teaching science, advised an ENVIROTHON TEAM, taught about water quality, and completed a Master’s degree in Education in Instructional Technology. My enjoyment and knowledge of water ecology and quality and teaching about it have continued as a passion. I have also used my photography hobby to enhance my education programs and publications.

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