Kathleen Baskin is the Director of Water Policy at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA). She develops and implements state water policy on issues such as flow and habitat alteration, stormwater management, water quality, and water supply allocation. She is managing EEA's climate change adaptation initiative, which involves convening an advisory committee to analyze strategies and prepare a report for adapting to the predicted impacts of climate change, as required by the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008.
Before joining EEA, Ms. Baskin developed and directed technical research programs and established watershed management priorities for a not-for-profit watershed association. Prior to that, Ms. Baskin was employed at an international engineering consulting firm where she conducted environmental studies and impact analyses associated with large controversial projects. She has over 25 years of experience in the area of water resources management.
Ms. Baskin holds a M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering and B.S. degrees in Civil Engineering and Biology, all from Tufts University.
Jack Buckley is the Deputy Director of the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. He has a B.A. degree in History from Ripon College in Wisconsin and a B.S. and M.S. in Fisheries Biology from the University of Massachusetts. Prior to working for the Division he worked as the Chief of Fisheries Management for the Gov. of the District of Columbia.
Martin Suuberg is the Regional Director for MassDEP's Central Regional Office in Worcester. Prior to serving in that role, Mr. Suuberg served as General Counsel of three environmental agencies in the Commonwealth and as Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Management. Mr. Suuberg also served as Deputy Solicitor of the United States Department of Interior, specializing in issues related to the Endangered Species Act, Alaska and Natural Resource Damage Claims for the Exxon Valdez. Martin graduated from Brown University and has a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.
Anne Carroll received her Masters Degree in Aquatic Ecology from the University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment where she studied macroinvertebrates in Michigan rivers. She has 14 years of experience in the field of water resources protection and management. Anne joined the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management (now the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation), Office of Water Resources in September 2001 as an aquatic ecologist with the Lakes and Ponds Program. In September 2007 Anne transitioned to the position of Acting Director for the Office of Water Resources (OWR). As Acting Director of OWR she oversees the work of 14 staff in OWR's three program areas: Water Resources Science and Planning (including staff to the Water Resources Commission and the USGS Cooperative Program), the Lakes and Ponds Program, and the Flood Hazard Management Program. In addition, Anne is currently the DCR representative on the State Reclamation Mosquito Control Board. Prior to joining DCR, Anne served as a watershed projects manager with the Merrimack River Watershed Council and as an environmental scientist for Camp Dresser and McKee. She has also worked or volunteered for the Huron River Watershed Council in Ann Arbor MI, the Saugus River Watershed Council, and the Ipswich River Watershed Association, and has served as Chair of the Sierra Club Boston Inner City Outings Program since 2003.
Ralph Abele is the Instream Flow Coordinator at EPA Region 1. He leads EPA's instream flow efforts and works extensively with the New England states to develop or modify state flow policies. He participated in the Connecticut Water Planning Council process in 2001-2, the Rhode Island Water Resources Board water allocation and DEM streamflow efforts in 2003-4 and the Maine DEP Instream Flow regulations process from 2001-2007. He was the EPA designee to the 2004 Massachusetts EOEA Water Policy Task Force and has been appointed to the New Hampshire DES Technical Advisory Committees for the Lamprey and Souhegan River Protected Instream Flow studies. In 2005 he was appointed as a member of the Connecticut DEP Commissioners Advisory Committee to develop new streamflow regulations. In 2008 he was EPA's liaison to the Vermont Water Resource's Panel stakeholder's process for review and recommendations regarding conservation flow standards.
Prior to working at EPA, Ralph worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service where he served as the Regional Environmental Coordinator and a liaison with EPA. He holds a B.S. in Geology from Allegheny College, a M.S. in Geology from the University of Massachusetts and was a Research Student at the University of London.
Colin Apse, M.S.
Colin Apse is the Deputy Director of The Nature Conservancy's Eastern U.S. Freshwater Program and is based in Brunswick, Maine. Much of his work is focused on developing strategies, research results, and policy approaches that assist in balancing human water use and environmental flow needs at the local, state, and interstate basin scales. As chair of the Delaware River Subcommittee on Ecological Flows, Colin worked for five years with a broad stakeholder group to use science to inform a major revision of flow management policy in the Delaware Basin. As part of Connecticut DEP's Scientific-Technical Workgroup, Colin assisted in the development of draft state streamflow regulations which were proposed in October 2009. Colin is a co-author of "The Ecological Limits of Hydrologic Alteration (ELOHA): a new framework for developing regional environmental flow standards", a consensus approach, published in Freshwater Biology, proposed by nineteen scientists representing ten institutions involved in instream flow issues across the globe.
Colin is also working with TNC chapters and their partners on aquatic connectivity restoration, climate change adaptation, and targeted land protection, including leading the collaborative Northeast Aquatic Connectivity Assessment Project across thirteen states. Colin acts as Freshwater Science Advisor for The Nature Conservancy's Africa Program and has been assisting TNC's work in the Magdalena River Basin in Colombia.
Colin's early effort with TNC was focused on the Neversink River, where in 2004 he led a joint TNC-Army Corps of Engineers project to remove the 90 year-old Cuddebackville Dam and monitor the impacts. Colin received a B.A. from Duke University and a Masters in Environmental Management focused on aquatic ecology from Yale University.
Susan Beede is the Policy Director for the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance, a statewide nonprofit organization established in 2007 to provide a unified voice for river protection in Massachusetts. The mission of the Alliance is to develop and implement practical solutions to the most serious problems besetting the state's rivers and coordinate education and advocacy around river issues of statewide significance. As Policy Director, Ms. Beede develops strategies to address key river issues and implements them through collaboration with watershed groups and other organizations.
Before joining the Massachusetts River Alliance, Ms. Beede worked principally for the Organization for the Assabet River and the US Environmental Protection Agency (Boston), where she analyzed data and took actions to remedy a range of water pollution and streamflow problems.
Ms. Beede holds a M.S. degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in History from Bryn Mawr College.
Tom Camberari, C.G.W.P., L.S.P.
Thomas (Tom) C. Cambareri is the Water Resources Program Manager of the Cape Cod Commission. The Cape Cod Commission is the regional land use planning and regulatory agency for Barnstable County. Tom oversees the provision of technical assistance to the Commission's regulatory and planning functions and to local, regional, state, and federal agencies on a variety of water resource issues.
Mr. Cambareri has a MS in Geology, specializing in hydrogeology, from UMASS Amherst (1986). His masters thesis dealt with mapping the sewage effluent plume from the Barnstable Wastewater Pollution Control Facility. Tom has managed and reviewed numerous contaminant assessments, remedial response actions, groundwater and surface water assessments, and drinking water supply and groundwater modeling projects. Tom presently is engaged in the regional response to achieving TMDL compliance from non-point sources through the provision of wastewater infrastructure.
Mr. Cambareri is a Certified Ground Water Professional and a Licensed Site Professional. He has 30 years of experience with groundwater issues on Cape Cod and is an appointed member to the Massachusetts' Water Resources Commission. Tom is married and has two daughters.
Douglas DeNatale is a Senior Hydrogeologist and Project Manager with AECOM in Concord, Massachusetts, where he investigates and develops new sources of groundwater supply, largely for municipal clients, but also private clients. In his role as a hydrogeologist, Mr. DeNatale designs and carries out groundwater exploration programs in both glacial (sand-and-gravel) aquifers and fractured bedrock aquifers; conducts long-term aquifer pumping tests; and designs permanent wells. Mr. DeNatale has developed groundwater supplies for dozens of communities in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine over the last 25 years, including many on Cape Cod. As a part of the well-development process, Mr. DeNatale routinely investigates the impacts of pumping on other water resources, including nearby wells, wetlands, ponds and streams. As a Project Manager, Mr. DeNatale has conducted several large-scale studies, including the delineation of over 100 wellhead protection areas (Zone II's) for the Massachusetts DEP and an evaluation of the Water Assets of 130 communities for the Massachusetts EOEA. Mr. DeNatale was a Massachusetts Licensed Site Professional (LSP) for ten years. In this role, he oversaw the removal of hundreds of underground storage tanks, including over 300 residential tanks in Natick, Massachusetts in 1994, a project that won the 1995 ACEC Grand Conceptor Award.
Mr. DeNatale is a Water Commissioner for the West Groton (Massachusetts) Water Supply District, an elected position he has held since 2000. In this role, he has assisted the District in stabilizing itself financially, upgrading its infrastructure and developing a new well in the Groton Municipal Forest, a 500-acre parcel of land along the Squannacook and Nashua Rivers. In developing the new well, Mr. DeNatale worked with the Groton Town Forest Committee, the Groton Water Department, the Board of Selectmen, Town Meeting, EOEA, DEP, and DFW to gain approval of the well site, in spite of countless financial and regulatory hurdles.
Mr. DeNatale is a graduate of Boston College, where he received a B.S. in geology in 1975, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he received a M.S. in hydrogeology in 1983. He is a New Hampshire Licensed Professional Geologist.
A Registered Civil Engineer in Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Mr. Hooper earned his Bachelors in Civil Engineering from Princeton University in 1983 with focus in numerical modeling of groundwater systems, He went on to receive a Masters in Civil Engineering from University of Washington, 1989 with a focus in stochastic hydrology. Mr. Hooper has extensive experience in systems control of reservoir systems and trend analysis of water quality constituents. Since 1998 he has been with the Town of Sharon, initially as Town Engineer with responsibility for Town drainage, sidewalk and roadway project design, review of subdivision and special project submittals and review of proposed zoning bylaw and subdivision regulation changes. Since 2004 he has been Superintendent of Public Works, where responsibilities have also included operation of the Water Department, a groundwater based system supplying water to 18,000 residents of Sharon. He is responsible for implementing a distribution system management and conservation program that has reduced annual water use from 625 million gallons to less than 450 million gallons.
Mr. Hooper is an active member of the Massachusetts Municipal Association, the Massachusetts Water Works Association, the New England Water Works Association and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is the owner of two kayaks and can be seen most evenings and weekend mornings on the Charles River in Needham kayaking with one of his two daughters.
Dave Kaplan is the Watershed Protection Supervisor for the City of Cambridge Water Department. In this position, he serves as project manager for developing and implementing a Surface Water Supply Protection Plan and manages water quality, water quantity, construction site inspection, hazmat emergency response, dam inspection programs. He also review permits for developments within the watershed and provide guidance for adopting best management practices Prior to his employment with the Cambridge Water Department, Mr. Kaplan worked for four years at the Charles River Watershed Association as an Environmental Scientist and Project Manager, providing lead and support work for various projects including water quality monitoring, Upper Charles Nutrient TMDL, Water Budget, and Environmentally Sensitive Urban Development projects in data collection and analysis, GIS, pollutant loading scenario modeling, and education and outreach capacities. He also worked for the Massachusetts Water Resources Association as a Water Quality and Laboratory Analyst post-college collecting and analyzing receiving waters including Boston Harbor and its tributaries. As a member of the Cambridge Conservation Commission, Mr. Kaplan reviewed projects for compliance with MA Wetlands Protection Act, and associated stormwater standards. Mr. Kaplan earned a BS in Biology and Environmental Science from Tufts and a Master of Environmental Management (MEM) from Duke University.
John Kastrinos, M.S.
John Kastrinos is Senior Hydrogeologist with Haley & Aldrich, Inc. A certified Hydrogeologist and LSP, he has spent both his graduate studies and much of his career evaluating groundwater/surface water interaction for both water resource projects and contaminant transport problems. He has over 20 years of experience in applied hydrogeology, with a focus on well hydraulics and groundwater flow and contaminant transport modeling, in a range of service areas including water supply well development, wastewater disposal, waste-site characterization and cleanup, construction dewatering, and geothermal (ground source) heating and cooling. John has authored over ten papers and presentations, including an analysis of the impacts of changing land-use on low-flows in four watersheds in the northeast (including two in Massachusetts), which was completed in collaboration with hydrologists of the Delaware River Basin Commission.
In the late 1990s he assisted MassDevelopment in developing an aquifer safe yield estimate that was critical to the Reuse Planning Process. This helped set the foundation for what ultimately became the very successful and still-evolving re-development of Fort Devens. The impacts of groundwater withdrawals from the Devens aquifer on streamflow in the Nashua River was a key element of the Safe Yield analysis.
He is very familiar with the Water Management Act, having prepared applications for new and expanded withdrawals in the Commonwealth and has served as an expert witness in two cases challenging the State's determination of Safe Yield for Water Management Act permits. John represented one of the water users in the Ipswich Watershed Management Act case, where his opinion focused on the role of groundwater-surface water interaction in the efficacy of streamflow-based conservation triggers.
John has lived in the Ipswich watershed for many years and has volunteered his time in reviewing waste-site cleanup strategies within the watershed (pro-bono LSP services), evaluating geologic conditions in the watershed with respect to finding suitable areas for decentralized wastewater disposal systems (by groundwater discharge) and monitoring water quality in a tributary to the Ipswich (Martin's Brook) on a monthly basis.
Kerry Mackin is Executive Director of the Ipswich River Watershed Association, a position she has held since 1993. In that time, IRWA has grown from a small, little-known organization to a state leader in protecting rivers from flow depletion. Kerry is also a founder and the current president of the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance, the past president of the Massachusetts Watershed Coalition, founder of the Ipswich River Task Force/Watershed Management Council and Massachusetts Instream Flow Task Force, and she has served on numerous state and regional advisory boards and committees that focus on water issues and watershed protection. Previously Ms. Mackin was the Conservation Administrator in Topsfield, and she has served on several town boards and committees in Ipswich. She has a MS in Natural Resource Management. She lives in Ipswich with her family.
Piotr Parasiewicz, M.S., Ph.D.
Dr. Piotr Parasiewicz is a civil and environmental engineer educated at the University of Agricultural Sciences in Vienna, Austria. He is an expert in the development and use of instream flow models, habitat restoration simulations and the development of nature-like fishways. Dr. Parasiewicz developed the MesoHABSIM technique and its associated software ( www.MesoHABSIM.org), a multi-scale approach for instream habitat modeling. It is currently used in instream flow management and river restoration planning across US and in Europe. The model has been applied in the determination of Protected Instream Flow Standards in the State of New Hampshire where it has been adopted as a part of State's legal framework.
Since moving to the United States in 1999, Dr. Parasiewicz has worked at Cornell University in New York and University of Massachusetts, Amherst. While working at these institutions he continued to develop and refine habitat modeling techniques and river ecology tools. He is currently the director of the Rushing Rivers Institute; a river-research based non-profit (www.RushingRivers.org) and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
Dr. Parasiewicz frequently offers technical advice to State and Federal government agencies, non-profits and other industry entities. Most notably, he was appointed by the Government of Austria as a member of the Austrian Network for Environmental Research, a commission of experts actively participating in development of EU environmental and research policy. In 2006 and 2007, he was appointed as an expert to the Science and Technical Workgroup on Water Flow Regulations for the State of Connecticut.
J. Cary Parsons is an Associate and Senior Geologist at Woodard and Curran, Inc. with more than 30 years experience in the field of professional consulting geology. He has a BA in geology from Colby College, a MS in Geology from the University of Virginia, and is a Certified Geologist and Registered Professional Geologist in Maine and New Hampshire. Cary has been a member of the MassDEP Groundwater Advisory Committee since it began, and has served on other advisory committees including the MA State Fire Marshal's Advisory Committee for UST's and MassDEP's WMA Offset Task Force.
For the last 20+ years, Cary has worked in geology on numerous public and private groundwater supplies throughout New England. With a primary focus on Massachusetts, he has located, developed and permitted many municipal groundwater supplies, explored sources of groundwater contamination, and has used groundwater computer models to define flow fields to wells, wellhead protection areas and to predict movement of contaminants from sources of groundwater discharge.
Cary's previous experience as a professional geologist ranges from mining exploration for base metals and industrial materials in the eastern US, to engineering geology where he characterized sites for shallow and deep foundations for large buildings and cut and cover structures and for highways, subway tunnels and railroads. Cary also worked in geology for the nuclear power industry for 5 years. He was project geologist on two nuclear power plants including exploring site structural and regional geology for the Brazilian national nuclear power project at Angra Dos Reis.
Nigel Pickering, PhD
Dr. Nigel Pickering is the Senior Engineer and Watershed Modeler at the Charles River Watershed Association in Weston, Massachusetts, a private non-profit environmental advocacy, research, and education group that works to protect and enhance the Charles River. He has been with the organization since February 2000.
Nigel has a Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering and is a professional engineer with over 20 years of experience in hydrology, watershed modeling, crop modeling, Geographic Information Systems, and the development of decision support systems. He has managed many projects in the academic and consulting sectors and currently acts as both a project manager and team engineer.
At CRWA, he has jointly developed an HSPF surface water quality model for the Upper/Middle Charles nutrient TMDL and worked closely with the USGS to develop a MODFLOW groundwater model of the Upper Charles River watershed. He has also developed a statewide Water Budgets analysis method that estimates monthly water deficits and surpluses for small sub-basins in Massachusetts. He serves as a technical watershed representative on a number of state technical advisory committees on GIS, water resources, stressed basins, and environmental planning.
Jesse Schwalbaum is a writer and hydrogeologist from the western regions of Massachusetts. After working for engineering firms for most of his career he began his own consulting business, Watershed Hydrogeologic, Inc. in 2005. He has been active in the field of groundwater supply assessment and protection in Massachusetts for 30 years. His primary area of expertise is groundwater modeling and evaluating the interactions between surface water and groundwater. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Geology from Boston University in 1979 and a Master's Degree in Geology from the University of Massachusetts in 1983.
Jesse's first book, Understanding Groundwater, was published in 1997 by Nova Science. It is a layperson's guide to the science of groundwater and water supply. He lives in Amherst with his (God help him) two teenage daughters. He has hosted an American roots music radio (Country, Blues and Bluegrass) on Sunday afternoons on WMUA for nearly 30 years. He also teaches classes at the Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Center in Northampton.
Peter Weiskel, Ph.D.
Dr. Peter Weiskel has been a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey since 1992. He presently serves as Associate Director of the USGS Massachusetts-Rhode Island Water Science Center, where he oversees the scientific program. Trained in geology and hydrology, Peter holds a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. from Boston University. He also has a Master's degree in Education from Boston College. Since joining the USGS, his research has focused on coastal wetlands and their hydrology, the history, water-quality and runoff behavior of urban watersheds, and-most recently-on the development of indicators to characterize water availability, water use, and human disturbance in watersheds at all scales. Since 2004, he has served on several advisory committees of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, including the Water Policy Task Force, the Science Advisory Board, and the Climate Change Adaptation Advisory Committee.
Brian Wick is the Director of Regulatory Services for the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers' Association (CCCGA). CCCGA, established in 1888, is one of the oldest farming organizations in the country. CCCGA represents the interests of the approximate 400 cranberry growers located in Massachusetts. As regulatory director, Brian has the opportunity to work with a variety of regulatory agencies at the local, state and federal level.
In total, Brian has over 15 years experience working in the cranberry industry. He serves on the Water Resources Management Advisory Committee and is the alternate delegate for the Town of Plympton on the Plymouth Carver Aquifer Advisory Committee. In addition, Brian serves on the Planning Board for the Town of Plympton.
Ms. Zoltay holds a M.S. in Water Resources Engineering and a Certificate in Interdisciplinary Water Resources Management from Tufts University and a B.A. in Environmental Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College. She is currently a Senior Analyst at Abt Associates in Cambridge, MA.
Ms. Zoltay has diverse experience in water resources engineering and management. She has a particular interest in the use of water resources modeling to support decision making. For example, while at HydroQual, Inc. she contributed to the development of a model for EPA to determine site-specific water quality criteria by integrating water chemistry and fish physiology. More recently, Ms. Zoltay received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and conducted research on watershed management modeling. She designed and developed a generic integrated watershed management optimization model to screen and prioritize among a diverse range of management actions within a watershed system context. Ms. Zoltay presented the results at two national conferences to promote the concept of optimizing management actions among various sources of impact to minimize the cost of preserving and improving the health of water resources.
In the summer of 2008, Ms. Zoltay supported the objectives of United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) International Hydrological Programme's (IHP) Ecohydrology Programme. She attended the IHP's Intergovernmental Council meeting and the biannual Ecohydrology Programme Steering Committee meeting and observed international environmental policy in action. Ms. Zoltay assisted the Ecohydrology Programme Manager in engaging experts worldwide, defining the standards of an ecohydrology approach to water resources management and supporting demonstration projects. She also conducted research to assess the water resources science and engineering community's understanding and incorporation of economic, social and cultural considerations in water resources management.
In her current role as Senior Analyst at Abt Associates Inc., Ms. Zoltay supports several EPA projects where she is modeling and assessing the water quality impacts and cost efficiency of proposed regulatory options. Projects include support in responding to the Chesapeake Bay Executive Order (E.O. #13501), the recently promulgated effluent limitation guidelines and standards to control the discharge of pollutants from construction sites, economic and benefits analyses for the post construction and development stormwater management rulemaking and the development of documents to assist water utilities in assessing and addressing their vulnerability to climate change.