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Hoosier Environmental Council Names New Water and Agriculture Policy Director

INDIANAPOLIS  – The Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC) has appointed Kim Ferraro as Water and Agricultural Policy Director. Ferraro joins HEC as the result of a merger between HEC and the Legal Environmental Aid Foundation (LEAF) in December 2011. Ferraro will be based in Valparaiso, Ind., HEC’s third office location.

In her new role, Ferraro is responsible for protecting public health, air quality and water quality by guiding policy to reduce pathogens from animal manure, eliminate unnecessary fertilizers, guard against contamination from potentially harmful industrial waste and extraction of natural resources, and promote safe and sustainable agricultural practices.

Previously, Ferraro served as the executive director of LEAF from its founding until its merger with HEC. As LEAF’s executive director, she achieved several legal victories that have helped communities impacted by industrial pollution, factory farm waste, reckless residential development, and coal ash contamination.

Ferraro’s honors include “Up and Coming Lawyer” by Indiana Lawyer (2009), “Legal Advocate of the Year” by HEC (2008), and the Dean W. Kohlhoff Memorial Award for Excellence in Environmental Law (2007).

Ferraro has a law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law, and a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University. She is licensed to practice law in the states of Indiana and Illinois, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She is also a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, and the American Bar Association (Section of Environment, Energy & Resources Law).

Ferraro can be reached at kferraro@hecweb.org or 219-464-0104.

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