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Ryun is new St. Croix River Association director

Deb Ryun

Deb Ryun will join the St. Croix River Association as its first executive director beginning Oct. 1.

Ryun has most recently been the executive director for Conservation Districts of Iowa, a non-profit organization working to conserve and enhance soil and water resources on private working lands. She had worked with CDI for about 10 years.

Ryun has experience in working with natural resources, with a special interest in watershed work. Her time with CDI was spent working with soil and water conservation agencies and organizations in Iowa at all levels, local, state and federal. As an active member of the National Association of Conservation Districts.

During her time with CDI, Ryun frequently assisted state and federal legislators. She was appointed by former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack to serve as a member of the Watershed Improvement Review Board, two watershed task forces, a watershed quality planning task force and a sustainable funding task force. She recently served as co-chair of Iowa's Water, Land and Legacy committee.

Ryun graduated from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with a self-designed degree in environmental studies. Her job experience includes work as a naturalist for the Linn County Conservation Department and as communication and education coordinator for Trees Forever in Marion, Iowa.

She was born and raised in central Wisconsin, graduating from high school in Port Edwards. She enjoys many outdoor activities including biking, canoeing, gardening and hiking with her husband and two dogs.

Established in 1911, the mission of the recently reorganized St. Croix River Association is to protect, restore and celebrate the St. Croix River and its watershed. For more information, go to