Meet Our Watershed Director

Diane Minick, Watershed Director

Diane MinickDiane was an educator for 30 years in Metro Atlanta teaching Biology, Environmental Science, Human Anatomy, Marine Ecology of the Georgia Coast and a host of other ‘ologies’. She retired in 2001 to start her company, Stormwater Landscapes, working to help solve stormwater problems using natural solutions like rain gardens instead of pipes and drains. She uses drought-tolerant native plants. She also does landscape plans using natives. Her background as an ecosystems biologist educator enables her to see natural methods of solving stormwater issues from a different perspective than conventional landscape designers and architects.

Diane started volunteering with the Upper Etowah River Alliance in 2001 and became Chairwoman in 2004. Her tenure as Chairwoman ended in May, 2008 and she is now the Watershed Director.

Diane and her husband Ron have been married for 37 years this August and live in Canton. They have two grown sons; one living in Holly Springs with his wife and baby on the way; the other living in Southern Vermont with his wife and eight year old daughter.

“My goals as Watershed Director are to use our 319 Federal Grant to help citizens, including farmers, homeowners, businesses, cities and counties within the watershed, to solve pollution problems that are impacting the Etowah River and its tributaries. The grant provides some money and advisory assistance to help the grantee to be better able to afford the corrective project. This watershed is one of the most unique watersheds in the country and supports a large population of plants, fish and other critters as well as provides water for our growing counties.

I also plan to continue our mission of educating the people of the five counties (Cherokee, Pickens, Dawson, Forsyth & Lumpkin) with presentations, demonstrations, Adopt-A-Stream training classes and any other ways that we can so that we can help everyone realize what a precious resource the Etowah is and that it is worth protecting for the survival of the plants, critters and humans that depend on it.”

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UERA Office Locations
Central Office
Mail: UERA P.O. Box 307
Canton, GA 30169

Cherokee Central Office
180 McClure St.
Canton, GA

Dawson Satellite Office
Dawson County Agricultural Services Center
298 Academy Ave.
Dawsonville, GA

Pickens Satellite Office
Keep Pickens Beautiful Office
Jasper, GA