David “Dave” Pflieger brings more than two decades of experience in the aviation industry to his position as president and CEO of Ravn Air Group in Alaska. Beyond his professional responsibilities, David Pflieger supports community nonprofits such as the Mamanuca Environment Society (MES), which, through the Water Analysis Project, monitors environmental changes due to pollutants.
Water quality is a significant issue in the Mamanuca area, with pollutants entering the region’s coastal zone through an assortment of avenues. Nearly all economic sectors produce pollutants, complicating scientists’ ability to identify cause-and-effect relationships and develop strategies to mitigate environmental damage.
Pollution of the Mamanuca Islands adversely impacts the region’s costal health. Interest in preserving the area’s marine and coastal ecosystems has increased, in part due to growing concern about the decline of coral reefs. Researchers suspect a combination of factors may contribute, such as freshwater discharge, sewage inputs, overfishing, and trampling of coral by humans.
The Water Analysis Project monitors environmental changes and works to identify pollutant sources with the intention of creating effective solutions.