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A Familiar Face Steps Into A New Role

The Board of Directors of the Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed has appointed long-time employee, Tamara Whitmore, as their new Executive Director. Whitmore succeeds former Executive Director, John Blouin, who retired from the position after two years of leading the Friends to pursue a career in real estate with Brookewood Realty in Manchester, Maine.

Hired in 2006 as the Education Director, Whitmore expanded both the number of educational offerings and the number of participants served. In 2012, Whitmore added the oversight of the organization’s conservation programs to her duties which included managing efforts to “Slow the Flow” of polluted runoff and combating the spread of Invasive Aquatic Plants. 

The Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “engage individuals, businesses and communities in protecting and improving the lakes, ponds and streams of the Cobbossee Watershed.”  Started in 2001 as a citizen effort, the work of the organization focuses on how residents and visitors alike can make small changes to protect water quality which affects local economies dependent on natural resources.  Current projects include working to remove variable leaf milfoil from four water bodies within the watershed to help stop the spread of this invasive plant that can alter ecosystems and reduce property values.

Whitmore is uniquely qualified for the job.  Considering herself both an ecologist and an educator, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Hood College and a Master of Science in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England.  Prior to coming to the Friends, she served as an Americorps Volunteer with the Maine Department of Environmental Protections’ Watershed Division.  “I know this is more than a job,” says Whitmore, “It’s a way of life.  My passion is working with communities to use our natural resources in a sustainable manner.  And it’s an honor to have the opportunity to work with such amazing community members, lake associations and to collaborate with other conservation groups and agencies.  I’m excited for this new chapter of the Friends history.”