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Watershed director eases into job despite COVID

It can be tough to start a new job in the midst of a pandemic – just trying to get the training you need while working from home is a big challenge.

But when your team project is a stretch of creek in east Linn County, it gets a little easier to meet in person despite the pandemic.

For Shannon Richardson, the new executive director of the South Santiam Watershed Council, COVID has presented a challenge for her new role, but also an opportunity to ease into things.

"It's given me a little bit of space and time to kind of get up to speed, but the downsides of starting during COVID are that...

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