Brian Carlson was sworn in Americorps VISTA as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
The Recovery Act is placing an additional 13,000 Americorps members throughout the nation to meet the needs of communities, which are vulnerable during the recession. For 40 Americorps VISTA has been helping bring communities and individuals out of poverty.
Today, nearly 7,000 Americorps members serve in hundreds of nonprofit agencies throughout the United States, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, increase housing opportunities, improve environmental conditions and bridge the digital divide.
Carlson is part of the Appalachian Coal Country Watershed Team, an organization created by the Office of Surface mining and Americorps, which supports 50-plus VISTAs over the Appalachian region.
He will work with Friends of Deckers Creek, a local nonprofit watershed clean-up organization dedicated to the revitalization of the Deckers Creek watershed. He will monitor, assess and map sediment inputs in the watershed, specifically Aarons Creek, that will be prioritized for restoration efforts. He will also recruit and manage volunteers, write grants, sample streams, lead service projects, assist with data analysis and reports and help with fundraising and community outreach events. Currently, he is conducting water quality monitoring throughout the Deckers Creek watershed.
A graduate of Ohio State University, Carlson received a bachelor's degree in environmental policy and management. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.deckerscreek.org.