Department of Ecology News Release - September 30, 2015
UNION GAP – Washington Department of Ecology Director Maia Bellon has appointed Sage Park as the director of the agency’s central regional office in Union Gap.
Park, who has been the Water Resources section manager at the central regional office, will start her new job Oct. 16. She will replace James Rivard, who has been interim director since Tom Tebb became director of the Office of Columbia River this summer.
“Sage has an outstanding resume for the regional director role,” Bellon said. “She brings to the job effective working relationships with tribal and local government leaders in the region. These will be key as we work on complex and challenging projects across the seven central region counties.”
Park has a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography from Central Washington University. At Ecology, she has worked in the Air Quality, Waste to Resources and Water Resources programs. She also has worked in various roles for both Kittitas and Yakima counties.
This year, Park has been responsible for carrying out Ecology’s drought response program in Central Washington, overseeing water leasing programs, water-use monitoring and other drought projects funded by the Legislature.
“I’ve enjoyed tackling the many water challenges we face here in Central Washington, especially this year,” Park said. “Having grown up here, I especially appreciate the importance of managing it well and in collaboration with our many water interests.
“I’m excited to bring all I’ve learned here and at the local level to this new job as regional director.”
Park led the operations and permitting unit for the Water Resources Section before becoming section manager, and represented Ecology on the Yakima Water Transfer Work Group.
Prior to her work in Water Resources, Park led Ecology’s implementation of the Beyond Waste Plan and the sustainability and green building initiatives in Central Washington. She also has experience outside of Ecology leading teams at Yakima County’s Planning Department and Kittitas County’s Environmental Health Program.
She is on the board of directors for the Yakima Greenway Foundation and has a daughter named River.
Joye Redfield-Wilder, communications, 509-575-2610; @ecyCentral
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