Former director of Delaware Nature Society will oversee Red Streams Blue Program

Brian Winslow knows he has some big shoes to fill in his new position at the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance.

The Hockessin resident and former executive director of the Delaware Nature Society is taking over as conservation director at the nonprofit water conservation agency BRCA, as longtime member Bob Struble steps down after 43 years.

Although he’s been onboard at the BRCA since October, much of that time was spent in the front seat with Struble, checking on various projects and locations, and picking up advice.

While Winslow will oversee various projects, his position is also about acting as a leader in strategy for watersheds, he said.

“We’re focused on the Red Clay and the Brandywine, which feeds into the Christina,” he said. “And there are a lot of partners involved – we’re all working together to improve these streams … part of my job is keeping those partnerships going.”

Improving water quality, he added, requires everyone to work together.

“What I love about this is, it’s a leadership position helping to make those things happen,” he said.

He’ll also be overseeing the Red Streams Blue program, which identifies impacted streams and waterways, and implements changes to improve their quality.

Winslow noted there are 17 projects currently in the works, with calls coming in from landowners looking to repair and improve waterways on their property.

“Part of our job is to be very strategic and say, out of all these streams that are ‘red,’ which are the ones where we can make the most impact for a reasonable bottom line?”

Winslow would also like to better educate the public about what the nonprofit accomplishes.

“The hard thing is to let people know we’re making progress,” he said.

For more information on the BRCA, visit brandywineredclay.org.