Julie has worked with the National Park Service her entire career and came into her current position as the park superintendent with a background in cultural resource management, education and interpretation. Working as a historian early in her career gave her the ability to acknowledge the context of the river and consider people’s perspectives more deeply. Her goal is to maintain a balance between the natural, cultural, and recreational values of the park for generations to come. Recognizing that people are an inherent part of the environment, she continues to consider ways to balance the impacts of recreation with the natural features of the St. Croix and Namekagon.
Julie: “Water quality is probably what we monitor most effectively. For our water quality monitoring program, we sample monthly at ten different locations, collect that data and analyze it. We also collaborate with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Geological Survey, US Army Corps of Engineers, and state DNRs to monitor native mussel populations.”
Julie: “We have a fantastic collection of remnants of navigational structures the Army Corps of Engineers built in the late 1800’s. We brought in staff from the National Park Service’s Submerged Resources Center a few years ago who spent six weeks here documenting and exploring structures along the lower St. Croix of people who came before us. Their work has made it possible for us and our visitors to remember we’re connected to a bigger picture.”
RMS advances the profession of river management by providing a unique variety of forums for sharing information about the appropriate use and management of river resources. RMS continues to build its base of expertise in all aspects of river management and stewardship including an ecosystem approach to recreation, water quality, riparian health, and watershed management. Besides creating multiple opportunities each year for river professionals to learn, train and network, RMS is growing partnerships that will help river professionals serve both our river resources and the people who use and enjoy them.
IMG1 - Taylor Falls St. Croix, Reddit Images IMG2 - St. Croix by Paul Vincent IMG3 - Julie Galonska, Park Superintendent IMG4 - St. Croix River by Richard Tsong-Taatarii IMG5 - Searching for mussels on the St. Croix, by Greg Seitz IMG6 - National Park Service Submerged Resources Team by Kevin Duchschere IMG7 - Elementary students experience the Rivers Are Alive Program on the SCNR by Greg Seitz IMG8 - Wild rice harvesting on the St. Croix by Joseph Schaeppi