Get to Know Our New Principal Planner Jen Schmitz

Posted by Alana Keegan Tuesday, January 17, 2017 9:23:00 AM Categories: Main News


What will you be doing in your role?

As the Triangle J region continues to grow rapidly, I will be tasked with protecting the region's water quality & quantity. Through enhanced partnerships with our member governments & stakeholders, I will focus on projects that improve watershed management & public education, water quality monitoring and ensuring future water supply. Due to the nature of water resources challenges, my work must be collaborative to create a more resilient region.


What is your background?

I am originally from Michigan where I earned a BS in Zoology from Michigan State University, and an MS from Montana State University in Land Resources and Environmental Sciences where I focused my studies on water quality and watershed ecology. Before I joined the TJCOG team, I spent roughly 10 years working as an environmental consultant in Seattle with focuses on stormwater, sediment, and aquatic ecology, a year working for the NCDEQ in the Water Sciences Section, and the past few months in the Stormwater Management Division at the City of Raleigh. 


What do you like most about the Triangle J region?

I really enjoy the wide variety of ecosystems that are accessible across the state, as well as the vibrancy of the growing region. 


What are you most looking forward to about joining TJCOG as our Water Resources Planner?

North Carolina has some very unique water supply & water quality challenges, and I am really looking forward to establishing, maintaining, & utilizing great working relationships in the region to tackle some of these issues.