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2013 AWRA Board of Directors
Carol R. Collier (thru 2014)PRESIDENT
Carol is passionate about water and excited about the potential to serve as the President-Elect of AWRA. She has served on the Board of Directors for the past three years and has been involved with the annual conferences as well as the last two technical conferences that addressed Climate Change and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM).
Carol has dedicated her professional career to water resources management in both the private and public sectors. After being educated in biology and regional planning at Smith College and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively, she spent 19 years in the private sector. In 1995, she moved to the public sector serving Pennsylvania as Regional Director of PADEP and then Executive Director of the Governor’s 21st Century Environment Commission. In her current role as Executive Director of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), an interstate/federal compact organization, the challenge is to manage a watershed that provides water supply to 15 million people and drains parts of four states. The Commission has planning, management, and regulatory authority for water quantity and quality. Carol feels that the most important part of her position is to bring the Commissioners to consensus on issues, build trust, partnerships and work with stakeholders to manage the outstanding water resources for multiple needs. Major issues are regulating natural gas development in order to protect the high quality of the headwaters, cleanup of PCBs in the estuary, and maintaining a fair share allocation of water among the states.
Currently AWRA is at an interesting cross road. Water is getting attention globally. More and more people understand the need to manage water holistically, yet there seems to be increasing fragmentation of environmental management. AWRA can play a critical role in providing information on the value and cost effectiveness of holistic water management and the critical aspects of the chemical, physical, and biological systems, facilitate discussions, and tee up policy issues to legislators and decision makers. AWRA cannot do it alone. We need to make alliances with other like-minded organizations that have differing membership representation. This outreach will also provide opportunities to build our own membership. Times are changing, and AWRA can help steer the ship towards better informed decision makers and more effective water management. Carol is a team player and hopes to work with the president, the board, staff, and membership as a whole to make AWRA the “go to” organization for water management.
C. Mark Dunning (thru 2015)PRESIDENT-ELECT
Mark Dunning is currently a senior project manager with CDM Federal Programs, responsible for providing support to federal agencies in water resources planning, strategic planning, and socioeconomic evaluation and assessment. Prior to joining CDM, Mark served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for more than 30 years. As Chief of Future Directions in the agency’s civil works directorate he led the development and implementation of the Corps’ civil works strategic plan that first established integrated water resources management as an agency priority. He also led the Corps’ involvement with AWRA in planning and conducting the highly successful and influential National Water Policy Dialogues in 2002 and 2005 and served as a consultant to AWRA for the third policy dialogue held in 2007.
Mark also led a partnership with the Universities Council on Water Resources to create a masters degree program in water resources planning for the Corps of Engineers and received the 2003 “Friend of UCOWR” award for this achievement. Mark holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Mark is active in the AWRA National Capital Region section and is currently the section’s vice president and program committee chair. He has been active in AWRA for nine years. He is committed to AWRA’s mission of advancing water resources education, management, and research and to the strong interdisciplinary environment of “communication, conversation, and connections” that the AWRA culture promotes. Mark believes that the AWRA national policy dialogues have had a significant positive influence on the quality and direction of debate about the nation’s water resources.
William Battaglin (thru 2013)PAST PRESIDENT
Bill has been an active member of AWRA since 1993, serving on the Board of Directors, conference committees, publishing in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA), and presenting papers at meetings. He has authored or co-authored 11 articles in JAWRA or other AWRA publications (even one in Water Resources Bulletin!) since 1990. His article, Regression Models of Herbicide Concentrations in Outflow from Reservoirs in the Midwestern USA, 1992-1993 received the W.R. Boggess Award for the most outstanding JAWRA paper published in 1998. His latest JAWRA article, Lagrangian Sampling for Emerging Contaminants Through an Urban Stream Corridor in Colorado was published in the February 2009 issue.
Bill has given presentations or otherwise participated in 19 AWRA sponsored conferences or workshops. He served on the conference committee of the second AWRA symposium on GIS and Water Resources in 1996, and edited the proceedings. He served on the organizing committee for the specialty conference titled “Water Quality Monitoring and Modeling,” held in San Antonio, Texas, in 2001. Bill served as the General Chair for the specialty conference titled “Emerging Contaminants of Concern in the Environment: Issues, Investigations, and Solutions,” held in Vail, Colorado, in 2007, and co-edited a JAWRA feature collection of papers from this conference. Bill was an AWRA director, serving a 4-year term that ended in 2007. Bill was an AWRA Colorado State Section director in 2005-2007, President-Elect in 2008, and President 2009.
Bill received a B.A. in Geology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1984, and an M.E. in Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 1992. He began his professional career in 1982, installing wells and measuring water levels as a technician for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in New Jersey. Bill returned to the USGS in 1985 as a hydrologist working on studies of groundwater supply and groundwater quality as a function of land use. In 1989, Bill transferred to the USGS office in Colorado to work on issues related to the occurrence of agricultural chemicals in midwestern water resources. He has helped design and conduct studies investigating the occurrence of pesticides in streams, reservoirs, groundwater, rain, and the air. He is currently working on investigations of the occurrence of glyphosate in midwestern streams, fungicides in potato growing regions, hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico and its relation to nutrient flux of the Mississippi River, the effects of pesticides on amphibian populations in North America, the fate of emerging contaminants in Colorado surface water and groundwater, and the potential effects of climate change on Colorado snowpack.
David Watt (2013-2015)SECRETARY/TREASURER
Watt has acquired over 26 years of experience in regional water management
while working for the St. Johns River and South Florida Water Management
Districts. He received his B.S. degree in Environmental Engineering
from the University of Florida in 1984, has been a licensed Civil Engineer
since 1990, and has been active in AWRA since 1985.
Rafael Frias (2013-2015)DIRECTOR
Rafael Frias is a senior project manager with the global water business
of Black & Veatch Corporation.
He has been an active member and a strong advocate of AWRA since shortly
Frias puts a priority on young AWRA members the building blocks
of the organization and on the organizations influence not
only in the U. S., but also internationally. AWRA is an organization
with a vast reach, and as we develop the future leaders of the organization,
we also need to exhibit our
Noel Gollehon (2013-2015)DIRECTOR
Noel Gollehon is a Senior Economist, Natural Resources Conservation
Service, USDA, and looks forward to the opportunity to serve as a representative
on the AWRA Board of Directors.
He will bring a nationalview of water resources to AWRA, just as he
has done in his 25-years with USDAs Economic Research Service
and Natural Resource and Conservation Service.
Noel has been an active member in the National Capitol AWRA Section
(DC, Maryland, and Virginia) and a participant in national AWRA conferences.
At both the national conferences and the local meetings, he has appreciated
the nonjudgmental environment for the exchange of information about
all aspects of water resources within and across the many disciplines
John C. Tracy (2012-2014)DIRECTOR
Dr. Tracy is Director of the Idaho Water Resources Research Institute at the University of Idaho in Boise and served as the Vice President for Research at the University of Idaho in 2007 and 2008. He received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering at Colorado State University in 1980, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering at the University of California-Davis in 1986 and 1989, respectively. He has held academic positions at Kansas State University (Civil Engineering, 1989-1992), South Dakota State University (Civil Engineering, 1992-1996), and the Desert Research Institute (Hydrologic Sciences, 1997-2004). Dr. Tracy has worked on numerous research projects and authored or co-authored over 70 technical publications in the areas of watershed planning, watershed restoration, the development of modeling tools for environmental systems, the role of science in watershed management, and the development of adaptive management systems.
Dr. Tracy has been a member of AWRA for over two decades and has been active in a wide range of water resources professional societies, including the University Council on Water Resources where he served on the board from 2002- 2008 and as president in 2007-2008, and the National Institute of Water Resources where he has served on the Board since 2009. Dr. Tracy has presented papers at numerous AWRA conferences and has authored or coauthored several articles in Water Resources IMPACT and the Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA). In addition he served as the Editor for the May 2009 IMPACT Issue on Adaptive Management and has served on the planning committees for the following AWRA Specialty Conferences: Adaptive Management (Missoula, Montana, 2006, Snowbird, Utah, 2009); and Integrated Water Resources Management (Snowbird, Utah, 2011). As an AWRA Board Member Dr. Tracy would continue to work to enhance participation in AWRA conferences and events, and build stronger linkages with AWRA’s sister organizations in other countries.
John R. Wells (2012-2014)DIRECTOR
John Wells is the Strategic Planning Director for the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board, a Governor’s interagency forum for coordinating state environmental policy, plans, and programs. He enjoys finding ways to help people integrate the management of water across issues, agency boundaries, and levels of government. John has participated in four decades of state water plans in Minnesota and North Carolina, spawning the establishment of Minnesota’s Ground Water Protection Act, Board of Water and Soil Resources, and Comprehensive Local Water Management Act. Early in his career, John led development of the environmental quality objective of North Carolina’s first water plan and helped draft a channelization policy for the state. Most recently, he led Minnesota’s first analysis of how the state’s water supplies match up against demand at a local scale, and a companion analysis of the policy implications. Today he co-chairs with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers a federal–state study of the Minnesota River to build new partnerships and tools for integrating management of the basin’s water resources.
John has also worked outside the water arena, directing the Governor’s Round Table on Sustainable Development and serving as secretary of the board of the Great Plains Institute, an organization that laid the groundwork for the Midwest Governor’s Climate Accords. John also co-chairs the Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable, a subcommittee of the USGS Advisory Committee on Water Information and a forum dedicated to sustainable management of the nation’s water resources. John has received the Renew America’s National Environmental Achievement Award for ground water protection and a FUNEP 500 Friends of the United Nations award. He earned his M.S.P.H. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
John enjoys his involvement in AWRA as speaker and spectator at national conferences, and as vice chair of the Policy Technical Committee. In that capacity, he’s participated in developing the general AWRA policy on position statements, and in helping craft specific statements on integrated water resources management, which he led, as well as the call for a national water policy. John also represents AWRA on the USGS advisory committee for the National Water Census. He would bring to the AWRA board a depth of experience in working with people at all levels of government, as well as in the private sector, plus an understanding of upper Midwest water issues. John is convinced that AWRA is on the right track with its holistic appeal to the broadest range of water professionals, but believes the organization is a hidden gem. He would work to expand AWRA’s membership and engage the younger elements of our profession with concerted efforts to strengthen local and state chapters across the country and partner with sister organizations at every level.
Martha Corrozi Narvaez (2011-2013)DIRECTOR
Martha Corrozi Narvaez is a Watershed Analyst with the Institute for Public Administration's Water Resources Agency (IPA-WRA) at the University of Delaware. Martha has been an active member of AWRA for over seven years. Her membership began when she was a graduate student at the University of Delaware and has continued through her professional career.
As a Watershed Analyst with the University of Delaware's IPA-WRA, Martha is responsible for providing regional watershed technical, policy, education, and research support to state and local governments; University of Delaware staff, students, and faculty; and nonprofit organizations in Delaware and the Delaware Valley. Prior to joining the University of Delaware's IPA-WRA Martha was employed by the Chesapeake Research Consortium at the Chesapeake Bay Program Office in Annapolis, Maryland, the Public Works Department in the City of Wilmington, Delaware, and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida in Naples, Florida. In these jobs she worked on local, regional, and federal watershed management topics including: NPDES permitting; CSO programs; grant applications; oversight and coordination of federal, state, local, and nonprofit organizations; and research related to reducing the nutrient pollutant loads in the Chesapeake Bay. Martha received her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology from Lehigh University and her Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degree from the University of Delaware where she specialized in watershed management.
Martha was the Charter President of the Delaware Section of AWRA (DE AWRA), is a DE AWRA board member, and has served on several national and local AWRA conference committees. Martha believes it is very important to market the Association to both students and young professionals in order to ensure the participation and leadership of young and energetic water resourceprofessionals now and into the future. Martha believes it is also critical for AWRA to create a consistent and direct connection between the national chapter and the state sections as well as encouraging informal regional groups. The multi-disciplinary nature of AWRA is an attribute and major strength and AWRA's role in connecting students and professionals from diverse water resource disciplines benefits everyone involved. Fostering collaboration on water resource projects and research is a critical role of AWRA and should continue to be fostered through national and regional AWRA conferences, forums, and other modes of communication.
Because of the benefits and opportunities AWRA has provided, Martha is enthusiastic and excited about the opportunity to serve on the AWRA Board of Directors. The benefits she has received and the opportunities she has been given through her association with AWRA, both nationally and locally, have helped shape her professional career and she would like others to share this same experience.
Laurel E. Stadjuhar (2011-2013)DIRECTOR
E. Stadjuhar, P.E., is Principal and Water Resources Engineer at West
Sage Water Consultants, a consulting firm located in Denver, Colorado.
Ms. Stadjuhar has over sixteen years engineering experience including
project management, surface water and ground water hydrology and modeling,
water rights evaluations, long-range planning and reservoir optimization
modeling, statistical analyses, hydraulic and structural analyses, model
and database development and analysis, and field investigations. Ms.
Stadjuhar has served as an expert witness in hearings before the Colorado
State Engineer and in water court proceedings. Ms. Stadjuhar is a registered
Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado.
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