Full Name
Alicia Lehrer
Job Title
Executive Director
Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council
Speaker Bio
Alicia Lehrer joined the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council (WRWC) as Executive Director in March 2008. She holds a BA in Environmental Science from Columbia University and an MS in Natural Resources Science from the University of Rhode Island. Alicia’s work at the WRWC has included spearheading migratory fish passage restoration at the first five dams on the river, working with partners to determine cleanup efforts of the Centredale Manor Superfund site, and leading Woonasquatucket River Greenway expansion, improvement and maintenance. Alicia joined Clean Water Action’s efforts to establish the RI Green Infrastructure Coalition in 2014 and has remained an active member. This partnership has helped inspire her to create green infrastructure demonstration projects in Olneyville and Elmhurst, and begin to develop larger plans to help make the Woonasquatucket corridor more resilient in the face of climate change. Alicia also serves on the RI Paths to Progress committee, working to establish a network of active transit (biking/walking) paths across RI.

Alicia, and the WRWC have been honored to be recognized for their work with several prestigious awards including:

• Alicia received the 2020 Urban Waters Learning Network “Learning Network Signature Award,” for commitment to improving the Woonasquatucket River and revitalizing the communities around it.

• Alicia received Rhode Island Clean Water Action’s 2019 “Community Builder of the Year Environmental Champion Award.”

• Kassi Archambault, WRWC’s first Education Director, honored with Clean Water Action’s Emerging Leader Award in 2017.

• Four Ovies (Olneyville neighborhood awards), two in 2016 and two in 2017, for outstanding programming and community engagement in Olneyville.

• Lisa Aurecchia, WRWC Director of Projects, honored with 2016 RI Blueways Award.

• Grow Smart Rhode Island’s 2016 Outstanding Smart Growth Project Award for mobilizing stakeholders to convert waste brownfield sites in Providence’s poorest neighborhood, Olneyville, into park land and the 7 miles of Greenway/Bike Path.

• River Network’s 2014 International River Hero Award to WRWC’s founder, Jane Sherman for bringing new life to the Woonaquatucket River and the neighborhood around it – Olneyville.
Alicia Lehrer