Anna Alsobrook, Watershed Outreach Coordinator
Anna’s passion for water really started during her semester abroad in South Africa when she became sick after a big rainstorm. She did not realize then the connections between water quality and health. Her interest in the topic began to take shape when she came back to the U.S. and took an “Intro to Water Resources” class at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The issues surrounding the topic fascinated her and she began studying it from different perspectives (population pressures, environmental changes, land-use impacts, etc.). After earning a B.A. in Global Studies, she then spent 2010-2012 as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Senegal. As a preventative health and environmental education volunteer, she spent much time promoting water conservation and sanitation practices within her village. After her time abroad, she continued her studies, again at the University of Tennessee, where she earned an M.S. in Geography with a minor in Watersheds. Her thesis research pertained to the environmental and social effects of a large reforestation project happening in Senegal, particularly how it was affecting access to water for local populations. She loves spending time outdoors, whether by the river or on the trail, and she is excited to be in Asheville for a great year of serving and learning.