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The Lifeline of our National Parks

Glacier National Park

Join us for a special installment of the Marjorie Lynn Bank Lecture Series celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

As water goes, so go our national parks. It is undeniable that the health of America's parks is directly linked to the waters that surround and flow through them. Naturally, these protected areas should be home to the cleanest waters in the country—but are they? Theresa Pierno shares how clean water gives life to our parks and what their futures hold, as we celebrate the centennial of our National Park Service.

Theresa Pierno is president and CEO of the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA). She is the co-founder and co-chair of America’s Great Waters Coalition, which comprises 70 member organizations working together to protect and restore waters in and around our national parks. Before joining the NPCA, Pierno held the roles of Vice President and Maryland Executive Director at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, was an executive staff member at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and served as an elected official on the Harford County Council. She earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Baltimore and is a fellow with the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, having graduated from the Senior Executive State and Local Government Program. Pierno lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with her husband, Bob. Together, they have two children and three grandchildren. She is an avid sailor with a passion for travel, having visited numerous national and international parks.

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