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Jae Chung has been a regulatory project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District, for seven years.  His primary responsibility is the development and implementation of Special Area Management Plans.  He received his bachelors in biology at Cornell University in 1992 and is working towards his doctorate in environmental science and engineering at University of California at Los Angeles. 

Paula Daukas is an Environmental Consultant with URS Corporation in Denver, CO, with over 23 years of professional experience in NEPA environmental impact analysis and permitting.  Her areas of expertise are in wetlands and Section 404 permitting.  Paula has also been the Treasurer for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists for the past 10 years.  Paula is currently the Project Manager for two major water supply projects along the Front Range of Colorado to prepare third-party environmental impact statements (EISs) for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  One project is the Moffat Collection System Project proposed by Denver Water and the other project is the proposed expansion of the Rueter-Hess Reservoir, owned by Parker Water & Sanitation District.  

Janet Ellis is Executive Director of Montana Audubon, the umbrella organization for Montana's ten chapters of the National Audubon Society.  She has been on staff with Montana Audubon since 1989.  She brings with her a strong commitment to a grassroots program that emphasizes education and advocacy.  Her work on issues impacting wetlands and riparian areas began in 1992. Working with Audubon members and non-members alike, she has assisted local citizens who are concerned about the protection and restoration of these areas by providing technical information about wetland laws, assistance with researching and writing comments on 404 permits, and organizing citizens for public hearings or other local events.  She has be the principal author on 3 wetlands-related publications, Learning to Go With the Flow: Streams and Bank Stabilization (Spring 2002), A Planning Guide for Protecting Montana’s Wetlands and Riparian Areas (June 2003) and Impacts of 404 Permits on Wetlands and Waterways in Montana and Recommendations for Program Improvement (August 2005). Janet has received several awards for her work, including the Conservationist of the Year Award from the Montana Environmental Information Center, Montana Audubon, and Montana Wildlife Federation, and special achievement awards from the Montana Dept. of Fish Wildlife & Parks, and Yellowstone and Zion National Parks.  Janet has a degree in biology from the University of Montana.  

T. Robert Fetter is an environmental economist at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) in Lakewood, Colorado.  He has experience in cost analysis of best management practices (BMPs) to control water pollution from nonpoint sources (e.g., agricultural operations), evaluating economic and social consequences of spending on water pollution control, and traditional and innovative mechanisms for funding nutrient pollution controls.  He also has experience analyzing social and economic consequences of Federal actions to fulfill National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements, and in estimating costs associated with national drinking water regulations.

Thomas Lowe Fleischner has been Professor of Environmental Studies at Prescott College, in Prescott, Arizona, for 17 years.  A passionate naturalist, he has worked and thought deeply about the connections between humans and the natural world.  Besides teaching ecology and conservation biology, he has developed a variety of interdisciplinary courses that link natural sciences with creative writing, literature, psychology, philosophy, and public policy.  He has written extensively, including two books and numerous articles in a variety of professional journals.  Additionally, he has conducted research independently and for the National Park Service, on topics ranging from arid lands plant communities to Mexican bird populations to marine mammals.  He served on the Board of Governors of the Society for Conservation Biology, an international scientific society, and until recently was President of its Colorado Plateau Chapter.  He was the co-founder of the North Cascades Institute in Washington State.

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