Julia Chase - Environmental Policy Intern
Since I can remember, my summers have been filled with sun, sand, and surf. Whether on the eastern shores or in California’s chilly waters, my time by the ocean has brought me many wonderful memories. From building sand castles as a child, to attempting to ride the waves, to simply enjoying the warmth of the sun and the ocean breeze, trips to the beach have become a favorite pastime. I not only have fond memories of these times with my family, but hope to create many more. I am very excited to be interning for Save the Harbor Save the Bay this summer and to contribute to making such experiences possible for others.
One of the aspects of Save the Harbor Save the Bay that drew me to the organization was their acknowledgement of the importance that the harbor, bays, and islands have for the surrounding community’s quality of life. Growing up in Syracuse, NY, home to Onondaga Lake, one of the most polluted lakes in the country, I have seen firsthand the detrimental impacts on a community when the integrity of such a resource is not protected or maintained. Save the Harbor Save the Bay’s work ensures that the integrity of Boston’s waterfront is protected for years to come.
During both my undergraduate education at Villanova University and my graduate studies at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, I have focused my coursework on environmental science and water resources. Throughout this internship I hope to expand upon my education thus far and learn more about the creation and implementation of effective policy that addresses the needs of a community while conserving a natural resource. I have previously spent time in Gloucester, MA while interning for NOAA’s National Marine and Fisheries Division, but I am very happy to now call Boston home and to start my here at Save the Harbor Save the Bay.