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He served as Vice-Chairman of the Colorado Air Quality Commission form 1982 to 1987 and, at various times, as a member of the Colorado Governor’s Metropolitan Water Roundtable, Transportation Roundtable, and Wilderness Air Quality Values Task Force.

Heidi Morrill Hoven is a plant biologist with expertise in estuarine and wetlands ecology as well as plant ecotoxicology. Her diverse background in wetland systems ranges from tidal salt and freshwater marshes, and submerged aquatic vegetation of estuarine systems of the northeastern U.S., to riparian wetlands, riverine and lacustrine marshes, wet meadows and playas of the west. She has focused her work in recent years on wetlands habitat and functional assessments incorporating methodology from HIS, HGM and other functional assessment models and developing tools for land use planning and habitat protection. She has a strong understanding of ecological plant physiology of halophytic and aquatic vegetation, and participates regularly on wetland restoration and conservation planning projects. She also works with watershed management and planning issues that have the common goal of maintaining sustainable natural resources within watersheds.

Brad Johnson first became interested in wetlands while hunting and fishing with his father in the Midwest.  Upon being ousted from his parents house, he attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison where he received his B.S. in botany.  Brad then fled the flatlands and came out to CSU to attend graduate school.  His protracted graduate career culminated in his receiving a M.S. and a Ph.D. from CSU in botany with an emphasis on wetlands ecology.  Brad has been studying fens and other wetlands since 1990, focusing primarily on investigating the environmental functions they perform and developing ways to restore functioning to impaired systems.  His current research includes evaluation of wetland functioning on a landscape-wide basis.  Brad is a Research Scientist in the Department of Biology at CSU and president/senior ecologist of Johnson Environmental Consulting.     

Nancy S. Keate, Utah Div of Wildlife Resources, Wetland Program Mgr.

PhD University of UT, Geomorphology.  Conducted field research on Utah wetlands for over 11 years. Analyzed resulting data to create wetlands subclasses and developed profiles of each subclass. Now provide technical assistance to wetland professionals and technical advise on the development of SAMPs, large highway projects, etc.

Eloise Kendy earned her BA in Geological Sciences from the University of California at Santa Barbara (1983) and her MS in Geology and Geophysics, focusing on hydrogeology, at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (1986).  First with a private consulting firm (1986-88), then with the U.S. Geological Survey (1990-99), both in Helena, she addressed a wide variety of hydrogeologic issues, ranging from water supply to water-quality remediation and protection.  In 1999, she dropped out of work to return to school.  Her Ph.D. dissertation at Cornell University examined the link between agricultural, economic, and environmental policies and ground-water depletion in the North China Plain.  After completing her degree in 2002, she returned to Helena and launched Kendy Hydrologic Consulting, providing integrated water-resource assessment, hydrologic modeling, and legal and policy support for sound water management.  Last year, as the American Geological Institute’s 2003-2004 Congressional Science Fellow in Washington, DC, she was honored to serve as Senator Harry Reid’s science and natural resources advisor. An avid traveler, Eloise has visited almost every state and more than 40 countries, including a 5-month hitchhiking sojourn across China in 1989.  During the 1990s, she taught ground-water modeling to an initially bewildered staff of Arab, male hydrologists in the United Arab Emirates and, later, to Abu Dhabi’s first woman geologist. 

Kathleen Kutschenreuter is an environmental scientist with the U.S. EPA Head- quarters in Washington D.C.  She has 12 years of domestic and international experience in the areas of environmental research,

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