Lori A. Lilly, has a Master’s Degree in Marine Estuarine and Environmental Sciences andover 10 years of experience planning and implementing watershed restoration activities throughout the United States.

Lori led illicit discharge detection and elimination (IDDE) research, program development, trainings and field assessments in her previous position as Watershed Ecologist / Planner at the Center for Watershed Protection and serverd on the IDDE Expert Panel for EPA's Chesapeake Bay Program . Lori has a strong work history of building local community capacity to address water resource concerns. She directed a non-profit watershed association in northwest Oregon and led fundraising efforts and implementation of dozens of monitoring, design, construction and assessment projects to benefit salmon and their habitat.

More information about Lori can be found on her resume and LinkedIn page.

Business Philosophy

Lori demonstrates her commitment to local initiatives and as a community leader in Howard County, MD where she lives.

Lori serves on the Howard County Watershed Stewards Academy Professional Consortium where provides review, feedback and quality control for Master Steward assessments; leads two annual educational sessions; and provides technical assistance with the new HOA Watershed Partnership project. In the past, Lori has led strategic planning efforts; provided input into curricula, continuing education and operational activities; and led grant-writing activities.

Lori is a member of the Ellicott City Partnership’s Clean, Green and Safe Committee. In the Committee, Lori wrote and received a Safety grant to produce flood preparedness videos for the town and purchase and distribute emergency kits. Lori was the first Chair of the Committee and in that role she wrote a Flood Action Plan and continues to advocate for its implementation; coordinated, managed and led Committee activities; applied and received funding for rain barrel, trash and water monitoring initiatives in the Historic District; hosted a Trash Management Roundtable; and hosted a Safety Workshop for the town to promote community dialogue, particularly in regards to flooding issues, the town’s biggest threat.
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Ellicott City Flood Workgroup: Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman issued an Executive Order establishing a 10-member Flood Advisory Group to prioritize projects to control flooding in Historic Ellicott City. The Advisory Group is charged specifically with overseeing the development, implementation and maintenance of flood mitigation projects. Additionally, the group will gather community feedback, conduct at least one public hearing each year, assist the County with seeking additional funding sources, work with county staff toward possible reductions in FEMA insurance rates and provide educational opportunities on reducing the impact of future flooding not mitigated directly through county funded projects.

Lori also serves on the following Committee:

Water Environment Federation National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards Program Steering Committee: This awards program, led by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has been established to recognize high-performing regulated Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer Programs (MS4s). The objective of the program is to inspire MS4 program leaders to seek new and innovative ways to meet and exceed regulatory requirements in a manner that is both technically effective as well as financially efficient. Recognition of innovative approaches is also included in this program. The Steering Committee is a group of professionals who work to develop/refine the award criteria, review applications, and recommend winners for this inaugural award season.

Lori's business is based on strong ethical principles and social responsibility. The values of honesty, integrity and equity are foundational principles that will grow the company and underlie all work.

Partners

Lori has a strategic partnership with Ridge to Reefs for illicit discharge detection and elimination, watershed planning and implementation, and capacity building services.