Meet Gallatin Local Water Quality District and Gallatin City-County Health Department’s Big Sky Watershed Corps member, Michelle Pond
Join us in recognizing Gallatin County’s women in science; working to maintain the health and wellbeing of our community.
I am serving a 10.5 month AmeriCorps term through the Big Sky Watershed Corps, placed at both the water district and the health department’s Environmental Health Services. Here, I get to work on a variety of projects such as coordinating Gallatin Stream Teams, water quality data analysis, groundwater monitoring, distributing Well Test Kits, and various forms of community outreach.
Why does your work matter?
My position helps bridge the gap between departments and increase collaboration on water and health projects. I think the outreach component, getting individuals engaged and thinking about environmental and health issues that affect our community, is important too.
If you could have dinner with any female scientist or public health worker, past or present, who would you choose and what would you ask them?
Rachel Carson. I really admire her ability to not only do awesome science and research, but to also communicate it to the public and motivate change. I would ask her what she thinks of the progress made in the 50+ years since she wrote Silent Spring and what issue she’d tackle with a next book.
What do you like most about your work?
I love the variety and always learning something new and useful. The people are pretty great too!
What do you think is our biggest public health challenge in the next 20/50/100 years?
Climate change. It is already changing so many health factors and increasing health and economic inequalities between communities.