Mary Culler named director of Stream Teams United
Mary Culler has been hired as the new Executive Director of Stream Teams United. Stream Teams United is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1999 to promote the stewardship of Missouri’s streams and the mission of the Missouri Stream Team Program.
Stream Teams are groups of citizen volunteers that have adopted a local stream they care about. Since the Stream Team program began in 1989, more than 5,600 Stream Team volunteer groups have formed throughout Missouri. Stream Team volunteer activities include litter pick-up events, water quality monitoring, stream restoration activities like tree planting, and hosting education events.
In turn, Stream Team Associations are groups of Stream Teams that have joined together to work collaboratively on projects in their region of the state. Stream Teams United helps coordinate, enable, and support nineteen of these Stream Team Associations. Ozarks Water Watchers, our local Stream Team Association, is a member of Stream Teams United.
Mary is a native of Springfield, Missouri, where she attended Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State) and completed a degree in Biology. She later attended Iowa State University, where she completed a master’s degree and researched stream fish and macroinvertebrate communities in southwest Iowa.
Mary then worked for the State of Missouri for 11 years, first with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) as a Fisheries Management Biologist in Springfield, and more recently as a watershed and community assistance coordinator for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. She has been a Stream Team member for more than 10 years and is a member of Stream Team 3184. One of the streams adopted by her team is the North Fork of the Salt River, which serves as a drinking water source for 14 counties in northeast Missouri.