Email cstarker [at] upstateforever.org
Phone: (864) 250-0500 ext. 15
Chris Starker joined Upstate Forever in 2009, working on projects related to low-impact development practices, riparian buffer protection, and watershed protection strategies. He has been actively educating the public on lake-related water quality issues, including point-source and non-point source pollution such as stormwater management and nutrient reduction, and other general lake management issues and legislation. In addition, he participated in Duke Energy’s Keowee-Toxaway Relicensing Project, worked to address the PCB contamination of Lake Hartwell, and led a water quality improvement project in the Walnut Creek watershed near Ware Shoals in Laurens County. Currently, he is working with local governments in a review of development standards to improve stormwater pollution and promote green infrastructure projects in Spartanburg County.
Chris received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Photography from the University of South Carolina and earned his Masters degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management from Clemson University. When he’s not in the office, he likes to explore the mountains, lakes, and local parks with his family. He also enjoys climbing, skiing, backpacking, and birding, and sometimes when he’s feeling less active he’ll play the guitar or read a book.