Susan was a co-founder – with Steve Chainey – of Putah Creek Council. She and Steve were the first co-chairs of the original Putah Creek Council Steering Committee and they served together on the early board of directors through the litigation. Susan coordinated and managed the litigation from its inception through the trial in 1996.
Susan became involved with Putah Creek Council when she and Steve started a conservation committee for Yolo Audubon (formerly Davis Audubon) that focused on riparian zones. Their first project was Putah Creek. At the time, Susan had recently finished her Ph.D. in Zoology at U.C. Davis, was working as a private environmental consultant and was starting a family with her husband, Ted Beedy.
Susan and Ted and their young children moved to the Sierra Foothills in 1996 and Susan has been a highly-sought after consulting wildlife biologist for over 30 years. She is currently a Senior Wildlife Biologist with AECOM.
Listen to Susan's oral history interview below.