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Members of the Council

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1 Member of the National Water Quality Monitoring Council
* Council Steering Committee member

Federal Representation

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds (OWOW)
Susan Holdsworth1, * Council Co-Chair, Chief of Monitoring Branch Washington, DC
Alice Mayio Newsletter Editor, Volunteer Monitoring Washington, DC
Charles Kovatch Water Quality Portal,
Team Leader
Washington, DC
Bernice Smith
Co-Chair, National
Monitoring Network for U.S. Coastal Waters & Tribs.
Washington, DC
Office of Research and Development (ORD)
Mike McDonald1 Safe and Sustainable
Water Resources
Research Program
Research Triangle Park,
Steve Wendelken Co-Chair, Methods Board Cincinnati, OH
April Dupre Co-Chair, Methods Board and NEMI Workgroup Cincinnati, OH

U.S. Department of the Interior

U.S. Geological Survey

Water Mission Area
Gary Rowe1, * Council Co-Chair (NAWQA), Co-Chair,
National Monitoring
Network for U.S.
Coastal Waters &
Lakewood, CO
Candice Hopkins* Council Exec. Secretary; Co-Chair, Collaboration & Outreach Workgroup;
Co-Chair, 2014
Boise, ID
Dan Sullivan* Co-chair, Methods Board; Co-Webmaster; NEMI Chair Middleton, WI
Jim Kreft Water Quality Portal,
Lead Architect
Middleton, WI
Mike McHale* National Network of Reference Watersheds Troy, NY
Mark Nilles National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP) Lakewood, CO
Water Information Coordination Program
Wendy Norton* Exec. Secretary, ACWI Reston, VA
Sheri Alcalde Administrator for Logistics & Travel Coordination Reston, VA
Kim Martz Exec. Sec. of Collaboration & Outreach Workgroup; Newsletter Design & Layout; Co-Webmaster Reston, VA

National Park Service

Water Resources Division
Vacant Representative  

Pete Penoyer

Alternate Fort Collins, CO

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Mike Higgins

Representative Fort Collins, CO

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Forest Service

Michael Eberle1 Representative Washington, DC
Chris Carlson Alternate Washington, DC
Tracy Hancock Alternate Washington, DC

Natural Resources Conservation Service

Shaun McKinney1 Representative Portland, OR
Vacant Alternate  

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

David Shepp1 Representative  

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Vacant Representative  
Greg Piniak Alternate Silver Spring, MD
Dennis Apeti
Co-Chair, National Monitoring Network for U.S. Coastal Waters & Tribs.  

Tennessee Valley Authority

Tyler Baker1 Representative Chattanooga, TN


Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science (CUAHSI)

Rick Hooper1 Representative (2014) Medford, MA


Nancy Schuldt1 Representative (2018) National Tribal Water Council Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
John Waterhouse Alternate Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council

State Representative for EPA Regions

Region 1: New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Dave Neils1 Representative (2016) Concord, NH
Warren Kimball Alternate MA Department of Environmental Protection

Region 2: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Leslie McGeorge1 Representative (2014), Co-Chair, Water Quality Statistics & Assessment Workgroup Trenton, NJ

Region 3: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Vacant Representative (2014)  
Dan Boward Alternate MD DNR

Region 4: South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

Dave Chestnut1 Representative (2013)  

Region 5: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Glenn Skuta1 Representative (2016) St. Paul, MN

Region 6: Oklahoma Water Resources Board

Monty Porter1 Representative (2016) Oklahoma City, OK

Region 7: Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Mary Skopec1,* Representative (2016), Chair, Water Information Strategies Workgroup Iowa City, IA

Region 8: Utah Department of Water Quality

Jeffrey D. Ostermiller1 Representative (2014) Salt Lake City, UT

Region 9: Arizona Department of Environmental Quality

Jason Jones1 Representative (2013) Tucson, AZ

Region 10: Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Vacant Representative (2014)  
Aaron Borisenko Alternate Hillsboro, OR


Ohio River Valley Sanitation Commission

Jeff Thomas1 Representative (2016) Cincinnati, OH
Peter Tennant
Co-Chair, 2014 Conference, Local Planning Committee Cincinnati, OH

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (represents Great Lakes issues)

Vacant Representative (2016)  

Gulf of Mexico Alliance(also represents watersheds/wetlands interests)

Steve Wolfe1 Representative (2014) Florida Institute of Oceanography, Tallahassee, FL

Industry/Local/Other Interests

American Society of Limnology and Oceanography

Jane Caffrey1 Representative (2015) U. of West Florida
Rachel Noble Alternate UNC, Inst. of Marine Sciences

Association of Clean Water Administrators

Martha Clark Mettler1 Representative (2016) Indianapolis, IN

National Association of Clean Water Agencies (municipal interests)

Jim Dorsch1 Representative (2015) Denver Metropolitan Wastewater District, Denver, CO

North American Lake Management Society (environmental and watersheds interests)

Jeff Schloss1 Representative (2014), Co-chair, 2014 Conference U of NH-Extension

Association of American State Geologists (geology and groundwater interests)

Derric Iles1 Representative (2015) South Dakota State Geologist
Karl Muessig Alternate New Jersey State Geologist

Water Environment Federation (environmental and technical interests)

Claudio Ternieden1 Representative Alexandria, VA
Seth Brown Alternate Alexandria, VA

National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (water quality management and interests)

Doug McLaughlin1, * Representative (2015);
Co-Chair, Water Quality Statistics & Assessment Workgroup
Kalamazoo, MI

Municipal/Drinking Water/Public Health interests

Curtis Cude1 Representative (2014) Oregon Department of Health, Public Health

Volunteer Monitoring Community

Danielle Donkersloot1

Representative; Chair, Volunteer Monitoring Council, Co-Chair, Collaboration & Outreach Workgroup

Julie Vastine Alternate ALLARM Program, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA

Hach Hydromet

Erik Host-Steen1 Representative (2017) Loveland, CO

* Member of Steering Committee of the National Water Quality Monitoring Council

Membership Terms

  • The National Council shall comprise a balanced membership of federal, tribal, interstate, state, local, and municipal governments, watershed groups-and national associations that will include volunteer monitoring groups. The membership will include representatives from organizations that collect, analyze, interpret, disseminate, or use water-quality monitoring information as well as those that develop monitoring technology, guidelines, and/or standards.

  • Total membership of the National Council should not exceed 35 member organizations. Each member organization will designate their representative and an alternate to the National Council.

  • State membership on the National Council will include one State agency representative from each of the 10 Federal regions. Within each region, the Council Steering Committee will solicit representatives of State water-quality monitoring agencies. This will be done in coordination with State officials interested in membership. State members will serve 4-year terms.

  • The Council Co-Chairs will recommend to the Council Steering Committee a minimum of 11 non-government member organizations that have differing viewpoints and water-quality-monitoring and assessment functions. These organizations may represent the following interests: tribal, agriculture, environmental interest groups, industry, local agencies and municipalities, river-basin commissions, and/or associations, universities, and volunteer monitoring groups. These other member organizations will serve 4-year terms and can be redesignated.

  • The USGS and the USEPA will serve as Co-Chairs of the National Council. The USGS will provide the Executive Secretariat for the National Council. Including the USGS and USEPA, Federal membership on the National Council will not exceed 10 representatives and will initially include the following organizations: the U.S. Department of Commerce/NOAA, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Energy, the USEPA/Offices of Water, the U.S. Department of the Interior/USGS, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Additional Federal member organizations up to a total of 10 can participate as mutually agreed by the Steering Committee of the National Council.

  • Representatives or their alternates are expected to attend all meetings of the National Council. If a member organization is not represented at three consecutive meetings,then the Steering Committee of the National Council may appoint a new member organization to replace the member that has failed to participate.