Meet Your New Miller/Walker Creek Basin Steward – Elissa Ostergaard


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Meet Elissa Ostergaard, the new Miller/Walker Creek Basin Steward who has taken over duties previously completed by Dennis Clark, who moved on to greener pastures in a new gig with the Washington Department of Natural Resources.

Elissa, on duty since July, has over 14 years’ experience working on the broad range of stewardship duties, including policy development, salmon and habitat management, data collection, analysis, and summarizing, project management, program development, and storm and surface water planning.

She formerly worked for the City of Bellevue as a Senior Watershed Planning Engineering Technician, where she coordinated the Storm and Surface Water Comprehensive Plan, and managed updating of the city’s stormwater engineering standards.

For nearly six years, Elissa worked for the Arizona Game and Fish Department as a Urban Wildlife Specialist where she managed southeast Arizona’s urban wildlife program in which she built strong bonds with residents, city councilmembers, and legislators through constant, effective dialogue. She developed the “Living with Urban Wildlife” program which remains an extremely popular approach to managing wildlife in southeast Arizona. Elissa has led large teams and facilitated complex decision making.

Elissa was an Ecologist with the King County Water and Land Resources Division from 1994 to 2000. After leaving King County, Elissa obtained a Master of Science in Wildlife Science from the University of Washington.

So be sure to welcome Elissa Ostergaard to the ‘hood (or watershed)! She can be reached at (206) 296-1909, or [email protected].

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