New Leader, New HQ for Save the River
Save the River's new executive director, Lee Willbanks, says he's a lot like the old boss.
"Save The River has been around for many years, it's involved in a lot of issues that are ongoing," he said.
Willbanks is replacing Jennifer Caddick who announced she was stepping down from the position this past winter. Caddick says Willbanks is the right person for the job.
"He brings a great skill set and great perspective on Save The River and the position. And it's really exciting to see the organization to have grown to where it is now," she said.
Tops on the agenda for the former environmental attorney is BV-7 - a plan to restore water levels along the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario, allowing them to flow more naturally with fewer restrictions.
It's a highly debated topic, but one Willbanks wants to find a resolution to, and soon.
"It's time now to adopt a plan that's good for the river community and the lake community, despite what you might here, and move forward," he said.
Also important for Willbanks is continuing Save The River's relationship with neighboring Canadian communities.
"I've been fortunate to have ties with both the Quebec government and people in the city of Kingston and we know we need to continue to work with our partners over there," he explained.
New leadership isn't the only thing different about the organization. After years of renovation and building, Save the River is ready to show off its expanded headquarters.
"We just needed more staff because there was so much more work to do to save the river, but we were literally crammed into this very tiny little building," Caddick said.
A new leader and a new look, but officials say the organization has the same mission as always: save the river.