Palouse Basin Water Summit 2008 Speakers' Biographies


Ray Ledgerwood | Nancy Chaney | Robert Johnson | Gary Schroeder | Mark Schoesler | Keith Stoffel | Bob Haynes | Steve Robischon | Michael Echanove | Bryony Stasney | James Osiensky | Allyson Beall | Christopher Webb | Michael Laurie | Craig Skipton | Patrick Shea | Barbara Cosens

Allyson Beall -- 11:25-11:50am Participatory Modeling

Participatory Modeler, Waters of the West, University of Idaho
Teaching Associate, Washington State University

Allyson Beall’s expertise includes the use of system dynamics as an environmental problem solving methodology. Her work supports the use of collaboratively built simulation models to improve environmental decision making processes and has included projects concerned with endangered species management, watershed management and aquifer management. In addition, she is interested in using these models for improving the accessibility of scientific information to the public who may be affected by policy decisions based on that information.
Her work as a participatory modeler with University of Idaho Waters of the West is currently focused on the Palouse Basin Participatory Model Pilot Project. Her role as lead facilitator and modeler is helping members of the local aquifer committee and citizens advisory group understand the potential for participatory modeling as a venue for creating a decision support tool to assist with aquifer management.
Her work at Washington State University in environmental science education includes an introductory environmental science class and a NEPA environmental assessment class both of which she teaches from the systems perspective.
She has a Ph.D. in Environmental and Natural Resource Science, an MS in Environmental Science and a BS in General Biology from WSU.

Nancy Chaney -- 8:10-8:20am Welcome

Mayor, City of Moscow ID

Elected Mayor in 2005, after serving two years on Moscow City Council. A resident of Moscow and the Palouse Basin since 1980, she holds degrees in Registered Nursing and Psychology from BSU. She earned an M.S. in Environmental Science from the UI in 2002, and is a strong voice linking education, economics, health, and environmental sustainability.

Barbara Cosens -- 7:00-8:15am Panel Facilitator: Shared Resource--Is Shared Management in our Future?

Associate Professor of Law, University of Idaho

Barbara Cosens recently joined the law faculty at the University of Idaho as an Associate Professor. She teaches Water, Environmental and Property Law. She was previously an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Studies Program at San Francisco State University. She is also currently mediating efforts to settle water distribution disputes on the Walker River in California and Nevada. Barbara is a member of the Montana, Colorado and California bars. She received her LL. M. from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in 2003, where she graduated Summa cum laude in Environmental Law, and her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1990, where she graduated Magna cum laude. As a law student, Barbara worked for the California Attorney General's Office in Environmental Law. She also worked for the Natural Heritage Institute researching the legal/policy aspects of proposed technical solutions to the agricultural drainage problem in the San Joaquin Valley, as part of the San Joaquin Valley Drainage Project. Her research focused on solutions requiring integrated management of surface and groundwater. Following law school she clerked for Justice Lohr of the Colorado Supreme Court. Barbara joined the staff of the Montana Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission in 1991. She served as chief legal counsel for water right negotiations between the Commission and the National Park Service, which resulted in protection of the hydrothermal system within Yellowstone National Park. She also served as chief legal counsel to Montana on negotiations with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy's Reservation, the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Tribes of the Fort Belknap Reservation and the Blackfeet Tribe. Law is her second career. Barbara received her M.S. in Geology from the University of Washington in 1982, and her B.S. in Geology from the University of California at Davis in 1977. As a geologist, she did applied research in the exploration and development of geothermal energy in California, Japan and the Philippines, focusing in particular on the effect of geothermal development on surface hydrothermal systems.

Michael Echanove -- 10:25-10:40am Updates: PBAC and CAG

Mayor, City of Palouse WA

Michael Echanove is a 24 year employee of Washington State University, working for the Information Technology Services Department. He was first elected to the Palouse City Council in 1994, and has served as Mayor of Palouse since 2001. He has been with the Palouse Basin Aquifer Committee Citizens Advisory Group (CAG) since 2005.

Bob Haynes -- 9:30-9:50am Idaho Perspective

Regional Manager, Idaho Department of Water Resources

Bob Haynes was born in Boise, Idaho in 1943. He attended the University of Idaho and received BS (AgE) & MS (AgE) degrees in 1966 & 1969, respectively. He has been a registered Professional Engineer in Idaho since 1972 and a member of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers since 1962. He has worked for the State of Idaho since 1968 and has served as a regional manager for the Idaho Department of Water Resources in Twin Falls and in Coeur d'Alene. He is a member of the Spokane Community College Water Resource Technology program advisory committee. He has served as Chairman of the Department of Water Resources' Rathdrum Prairie Ground Water Management Area Advisory Committee from 2003 to present and is a member of the Management Committee for the Rathdrum Prairie -- Spokane Valley Aquifer Study.

Robert Johnson -- 8:20-8:50am Federal Perspective

Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation

Bob Johnson was confirmed as the 17th Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation on September 30, 2006. Johnson joined the Bureau of Reclamation in 1975, and has spent his federal career with the agency. From 1995 to September 2006, he was the Regional Director of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region.

Michael Laurie -- 2:00-2:50am Presentation: Indoor Water Conservation Opportunities

Owner, Watershed LLC

Michael Laurie is the owner of Watershed LLC. He is a water consultant specializing in water efficiency audits, analysis, research, program development, and training. He has over 13 years of experience in water efficiency work and before that he had over 10 years experience in energy efficiency work. He has worked on water efficiency projects indoors and outdoors at a wide variety of sites including hospitals, hotels, schools, offices, industrial facilities, and homes, in 22 states, two other countries, and around Washington State. He has analyzed savings associated with reverse osmosis systems, cooling towers, process equipment, single pass water-cooled equipment, car wash systems, air scrubbers, sterilizers, rainwater collection, ozone equipment, decorative fountains, commercial laundries, kitchens, restrooms, landscape irrigation systems, and more.
He has a BS degree in Environmental Science, an ATA degree in Energy Management, and an MBA. He has taken over 35 classes on a variety of water subjects. He is certified as a Water Conservation Practitioner, Landscape Irrigation Auditor, Site Water Planner, Master Gardener, LEED Professional, Built Green Verifier, and Master Composter.
In the last 5 years he has found a total of over $3.5 million/year in cost effective water, wastewater, stormwater, and energy savings for his clients. In the last year his work has included researching and presenting over 10 water conservation classes for a wide range of audiences, several commercial/industrial water conservation surveys, over 70 residential landscape irrigation surveys, consulting on commercial and residential developments, and designing and installing drip irrigation systems.
He is currently chair of the Vashon Groundwater Protection Committee where he helped write a Watershed Protection Plan for Vashon Island. He was on the board of the Vashon Heights Water Utility for 2 years.
At his home on Vashon Island he has:
  • Designed and installed a green roof on the tool-shed
  • Designed and installed a 1,000 gallon rainwater use system
  • Designed and installed a rain garden
  • water efficient irrigation (soaker hoses, drip irrigation, timers) including 12 drip irrigation zones he designed and installed
  • low resource use lighting and appliances
  • sealed ducts and insulated floor
  • Installed a compost toilet (Sun Mar product)
  • Invasive plant removal and restoration of over 20 native plants.
  • Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife/National Wildlife Federation certified backyard wildlife sanctuary with wildlife friendly landscaping, bat houses, plants that attract wildlife
  • Organic garden with a wide range of plants and Pesticide Free Zone certification, including 4 new raised beds made from wood sustainably harvested on Vashon Island.
  • A certified medicinal herb botanical sanctuary certified by United Plant Savers, a national organization of herbalists concerned about medicinal plants at risk. It includes small numbers of over 75 species of medicinal herbs, including some that are threatened in their native habitats

Ray Ledgerwood -- 8:00-8:10am Introduction; 1:00-1:05pm Introduction

Program Coordinator, Washington State Conservation Commission

Ray Ledgerwood is a native of eastern Washington, and worked on his family's wheat and cattle operation in Pomeroy, WA. He graduated from WSU with a BS. Currently Ray serves as the Program Coordinator for the Washington State Conservation Commission and duties include planning, training, and program delivery assistance for conservation districts and the state association, facilitation assistance to Local Work Groups, and NRCS District Conservationists for program implementation. Ray owns Board Works by Ledgerwood, a sole proprietorship specializing in practical and effective workshops and presentations for improving your organization and realizing the potential of its leaders.

  • Native of eastern Washington, and worked on his family's wheat and cattle operation in Pomeroy, Washington.
  • Graduated from Washington State University - Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Mechanization and minor in Business Administration.
  • Seven years experience in farm supply cooperative management, managing hardware and petroleum products operations.
  • Six years experience working as the Eastern Field Representative for the Washington State Conservation Commission, serving fourteen Conservation Districts in eleven eastern Washington counties. Primary duties included assisting the Districts with: program planning, fiscal and legal questions, training, information, and communication needs.
  • Six years working as the Pacific Region Representative for the National Association of Conservation Districts serving seven western states and the territories of Guam, the Mariana Islands and American Samoa.
  • Nine years experience in providing capacity building seminars, workshops, presentations and assistance to over 40 states and island territories as NACD's Director of Capacity Building Services and NACD's Director of Leadership Services.
  • Five years experience in providing capacity building seminars, workshops, presentations and facilitation assistance to over 250 local, state and national organizations as owner of Board Works by Ledgerwood.
  • Currently serving as Program Coordinator for the Washington State Conservation Commission since 2003.

James Osiensky -- 11:00-11:25am Update: Aquifer Research

Professor of Hydrogeology, University of Idaho

James Osiensky is a professor of hydrogeology in the Hydrology Program, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Idaho. His research interests include evaluation of point and nonpoint ground water contamination, ground water resource evaluation, and hydrogeophysical applications in saturated and partially saturated media. He and his graduate students have conducted PBAC funded research on the ground water resource systems in the Palouse Basin continually since 1999. He has a B.A. in geology/chemistry from Bridgewater State College, an M.S. in Hydrology, and a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Idaho.

Steve Robischon -- 10:25-10:40am Updates: PBAC and CAG

Executive Manager, PBAC
Assistant Director, IWRRI University of Idaho

Steve is the Executive Manager of the Palouse Basin Aquifer Committee (PBAC) and serves as an Assistant Director of the Idaho Water Resources Research Institute. He has degrees in Mechanical Engineering (BS, MS Montana State) and Geography (MS, University of Idaho).

Mark Schoesler -- 8:50-9:10am State Government Perspectives

Washington State Senator

Legislative Leadership: Senate Republican Floor Leader, 2007-08; Senate Republican Whip, 2006; House Republican Whip, 1999, 2000, 2001.
Elective Office: House of Representatives 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002; Senate 2004, term expires January 2009.

Gary Schroeder -- 8:50-9:10am State Government Perspectives

Idaho State Senator

Education: MS, Political Science, University of Wisconsin MS, Zoology, University of Idaho BS, Political Science, Biology, University of Wisconsin.
Professional Exper.: Sailor, United States Navy, 1962-1965 Business Owner Outdoor, Writer/Publisher.

Patrick Shea -- 6:30-7:00pm Applying Cold Economic Logic to a Pending Wet Problem: The Case for a Palouse Basin Commission

Business, Development, Government, and Environmental Lawyer

Patrick Shea served as the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management. In that role, he oversaw the Bureau of Land Management, Minerals Management Services, and the Office of Surface Mining. These agencies are responsible for the management of over 270 million acres of land and for all offshore drilling for oil and gas production in the United States. During Mr. Shea's service with the Bureau of Land Management, he was responsible for creating the first Science Advisory Boards.
Before entering government service, Mr. Shea was a lawyer, educator, and businessman in the Intermountain West. Along with practicing law in Salt Lake City and the District of Columbia, Shea was an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of Utah and taught at the Brigham Young Law School. In September 1996, he was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security. Mr. Shea teaches seminars on Land Use Management and Biotechnology for Federal judges. Prior to his private law practice, he served as General Counsel and Assistant Secretary to a private communications company, operating television, radio, and newspapers. He also served as counsel to the Foreign Relations Committee of the U. S. Senate. Shea is a native of Salt Lake City and received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University in 1970, a master's from Oxford University in 1972, and a law degree from Harvard University in 1975.

Craig Skipton -- 3:00-3:50pm Presentation: Site and Bio-Regionally Appropriate Landscaping and Water Conserving Site Design

Landscape Architect, Mithun

ASLA, LEED® AP / Associate
Craig Skipton’s design philosophy centers on sustainability as an asset that plays both practical and aesthetic roles in any community. When focusing on a site’s water management, Craig seeks solutions that add to the beauty and experience of the space while significantly lowering the environmental and economic cost of wasted water. Employing a keen sensitivity to the constant shift of nature, he creates designs that foster a living connection and responsive interaction between landscape, hardscape and people. As president of the Board of Directors for Seattle Tilth, a non-profit organic gardening organization, Craig’s dedication to sustainable practices is an integral part of his everyday life. His commitment to high performance design, combined with expertise in native, drought-resistant plantlife and a skill for creating striking landscapes, consistently produces work that benefits both the environment and the people who live, work, and play there.

Bryony Stasney -- 10:40-11:00am Water Resource Inventory Area 34 Detailed Implementation Plan, Kamiak Butte Study

Senior Project Hydrogeologist, Golder Associates Inc.

Bryony Stasney is a licensed hydrogeologist based in Golder's Coeur d'Alene, ID office. Over the last seven years, Bryony has focused on watershed planning and water supply development and protection for clients in Eastern WA and Northern ID. Bryony is responsible for: technical characterization studies, planning projects and implementation for Watershed Planning (RCW 90.82); groundwater supply development and protection projects, including data compilation and assessment, field oversight of drilling, well installation, surface water and groundwater sampling; and collection and analysis of water quality and aquifer test data. Bryony regularly facilitates meetings of diverse stakeholder groups and enjoys communicating technical information to a diverse range of audiences. Bryony is currently working with the WRIA 34 Watershed Planning Unit to finalize their Multi-Purpose Storage Assessment. This project considers a range of storage options for the Palouse River Watershed and focuses on preliminary feasibility assessments for: enhanced lake storage in Sprague Lake; Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) in the North Fork and South Fork of the Palouse subbasins; and enhanced recharge to the basalts at the southern margin of Kamiak Butte.

Keith Stoffel -- 9:10-9:30am Washington Perspective

Section Manager, Washington State Department of Ecology

Keith Stoffel is the Section Manager for the Water Resources Program in the Department of Ecology located in the Eastern Regional Office in Spokane, WA. Keith began working for the Department of Ecology as a hydrogeologist almost 15 years ago. Prior to that he worked for 13 years for the Washington Division of Geology and Earth Resources as a geologist and field office manager, and for 2 years as a geologist for the Illinois State Geological Survey. He holds degrees from the University of Illinois, the University of Montana and has done graduate work at Washington State University.

Christopher Webb -- 1:05-1:55pm Presentation: Systems Thinking Applied to Water Conservation

Owner, Chris Webb & Associates, Inc.

Christopher Webb is a licensed professional civil engineer in the States of Washington and Oregon and a LEEDTM Accredited Professional whose passion and technical expertise is focused on providing civil engineering designs that demonstrate the highest degree of sustainability and are based on ecological principles. Chris is a frequent speaker on the technical aspects of sustainability as it is applied in civil engineering.
Chris' sustainable development project experience includes working with many local and state governments, private and public entities, utilities, and non-profit groups. As the principal of Chris Webb and Associates, he works as part of diverse design teams across the spectrum of project scales from the single lot to large multi-unit developments and from master planning through permitting and construction documents.