Westerbur hired to lead Lake Superior coastal program

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has hired Amber Westerbur to lead Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program. Westerbur replaces Lisa Angelos, who held the position for a year before becoming the DNR’s eastern district manager for the Division of Ecological and Water Resources.

As the program’s manager, Westerbur will administer grants and work with citizens and local government to secure federal funding for Lake Superior coastal area projects. The program’s goal is to preserve, protect, develop, and restore coastal resources along its 189 miles of shoreline – including the lower St. Louis River and its estuary.

“Amber has done a great job of providing financial and technical assistance to local communities on the North Shore and St. Louis River, supporting the work of the Governor’s Council on Minnesota’s Coastal Program, and maintaining strong relationships with federal partners through the Coastal Zone Management Act,” said Pat Collins, the DNR’s Ecological and Water Resources regional manager.

Westerbur has served as the acting program manager for the last year, and has worked with the department since 2009. During that time, she coordinated Minnesota’s coastal nonpoint source pollution control program with federal, state, and local partners, and worked on the Minnesota clean marina task force and regional stormwater protection team.

Prior to that, Westerbur held a variety of positions including research assistant, communications coordinator, and project hydrogeologist.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and geology from St. Norbert College, and a teaching certificate from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

For more information about Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program, visit the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/mlscp .