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1Aleta Powers - President
Natural Resource Specialist

Aleta has worked for ERO since 1994 and has experience in National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, and Clean Water Act compliance. Her project experience includes highway reconstruction permitting, reservoir reoperation, water supply systems, oil and gas exploration and extraction, and mining operations. In addition to federal and state planning and permitting, Aleta has experience in local and municipal issues such as open space resource planning and management, watershed management and permitting, and County 1041 programs. In 2007, Aleta successfully established ERO’s Western Slope office in Hotchkiss, Colorado, and was elected President of ERO in 2012.

 

Principals;Natural Resources - Planning, Permitting, NEPA
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2Jack Denman - Vice President
Environmental Scientist

Jack has been consulting in the environmental field since 1999 and his experience includes Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments; site characterization and monitoring; surface and subsurface soil and ground water investigations; contamination excavation; remediation system design, installation, and operation; and solid and hazardous waste management.

 

Principals;Environmental Due Diligence
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3Bill Mangle - Vice President
Natural Resource Planner

Bill has a broad background in natural resource and open space planning, natural resource assessments, National Environmental Policy Act documentation, and water resource studies throughout Colorado and the intermountain West. He has a sound understanding of environmental and land use planning, natural resource policy, biological sciences, and GIS mapping. This interdisciplinary background of technical and professional skills has enabled Bill to effectively coordinate diverse project teams. Bill’s comprehensive approach to natural resource problems and issues enables him to develop workable and sustainable solutions.

“In presenting this Certificate of Appreciation we would like to thank Ron Beane and Bill Mangle of ERO for their hard work and diligence in writing and completing the HCP document. Without them the successful completion of this HCP would not have been possible.”
- Steve Vandiver, General Manager, Rio Grande Water Conservation District, and Terry Ireland, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Principals;Natural Resources - Planning, Permitting, NEPA
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3Katherine Barnes
Hotchkiss Office Manager/Administrative Assistant
Katie joined ERO in 2016 in the role of Office Manager/Administrative Assistant.  Drawing on her background in managing and compiling technical data in GIS, CAD, and EHR applications, Katie supports ERO’s president and project managers with research, report generation, technical editing, data management, and any necessary office tasks. She also handles the daily administrative duties of ERO’s Western Slope office.
Administration
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4Ron Beane, Principal
Wildlife Biologist

Ron has worked to conserve wildlife and wildlife habitat since 1980 as a professional ecologist and wildlife biologist. His expertise addresses threatened and endangered species issues, wildlife inventories and research, National Environmental Policy Act, environmental permitting, and environmental planning.

“In presenting this Certificate of Appreciation we would like to thank Ron Beane and Bill Mangle of ERO for their hard work and diligence in writing and completing the HCP document. Without them the successful completion of this HCP would not have been possible.”
- Steve Vandiver, General Manager, Rio Grande Water Conservation District, and Terry Ireland, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Principals;Natural Resources - Planning, Permitting, NEPA
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5Sean Larmore, Principal
Cultural Resources Manager/Archaeologist

Sean has practiced cultural resource management since 1996, and has served as the cultural resource manager for ERO since 2005.  He is responsible for all facets of cultural resource compliance, including serving as the primary contract manager and point of contact, developing work plans, coordinating and consulting with clients and regulatory agencies, and maintaining quality assurance and control.  Sean has a broad range of Section 106 compliance experience for projects involving municipal water development, transportation, transmission lines, vegetation management, real estate development, oil and gas development, mineral development, and Section 404 Clean Water Act.  He is the primary lead for conducting Native American consultation and National Environmental Policy Act analyses.  Sean has completed nearly 200 cultural resource projects for clients such as the Federal Highway Administration, National Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Army Corps of Engineers, cities, counties, special districts, and engineering firms.

 

Principals;Cultural Resources
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5Nicole Bauman, Principal
NEPA Specialist/Principal

Nicole is a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) specialist with 14 years of experience in environmental consulting, hazardous materials management, and emergency response. She has prepared environmental documentation and coordinated activities under NEPA for various agencies. Nicole has managed cleanups at superfund sites and performed hazardous materials compliance activities. Her responsibilities include project management, contractor management, client coordination, schedule tracking, staff training, public involvement, and document preparation.

 

Principals;Natural Resources - Planning, Permitting, NEPA
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5Anna Bosted
Proposal Coordinator
Anna joined the ERO team in April 2017.  She brings with her a background in communications and a deep passion for the environment.  She has experience in both writing and implementing Federal grants, including FEMA HMGP and HUD CDBG.  Her previous position was with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.  Anna’s environmental experience, coupled with her background in journalism, document preparation, and contracts, uniquely positions her to understand client needs and effectively communicate ERO’s ability to deliver the highest quality work in environmental assessments, planning and permitting.   Anna holds her B.S. and M.A. from Rutgers University.
Administration
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6Rae Frederick
Business Development

Rae heads up ERO’s business development and client relations initiatives. She originally joined ERO in 2004 to manage the proposal development process. Prior to that, she worked in communications, marketing, event coordination , volunteer coordination and sponsorship development for the Texas Adopt-A-Beach Program and the United States Tennis Association.

 

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7Karen Baud
Project Manager/Wildlife Biologist

Karen has more than 16 years of experience in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance, threatened and endangered species consultation, wildlife investigations, and natural resource mitigation planning.  Karen’s involvement in a variety of projects, including metals mining, oil and gas, wind and solar energy, water resources, highway, ski area, trails, and residential development, allows her to draw from a wide array of experience to develop creative, yet practical, solutions to the numerous challenges associated with environmental permitting. Karen has demonstrated her leadership abilities as project manager and assistant project manager for several mining and oil and gas NEPA projects.  She has provided project management and natural resource consultation expertise to federal and state agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, Federal Highway Administration, United States Air Force, and Colorado Department of Transportation, as well as many private clients.  Karen has conducted numerous ecological field investigations and developed wildlife mitigation plans in support of NEPA projects and is familiar with the land management and NEPA compliance policies of most federal land-management agencies.

 

Natural Resources - Planning, Permitting, NEPA
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7Breean Hail
Operations Manager
Breean Hail has returned to ERO after spending several years as an English teacher and is excited to reunite with ERO’s team in her new role as Operations Manager. Her responsibilities include handling the day-to-day administrative management of ERO’s Denver office and assisting with accounts payables/receivables and human resource issues.
Administration
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8Clive Briggs
Supervisory Archaeologist

Clive is field director and project manager for ERO with more than 10 years of experience conducting National Environmental Policy Act compliance and Section 106-related projects. His project experience includes environmental assessments and environmental impact statements as a third-party contractor. He has managed Section 106 compliance-related projects for federal clients, including the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, the states of Colorado and New Mexico, Navajo Nation, the National Park Service, and the Bureau of Reclamation. Other clients have included Xcel Energy, BHP Billiton, and various counties and municipalities. As field director, Clive’s responsibilities include directing all phases of inventory, including file and record reviews (Class I), sample inventories (Class II), intensive inventories (Class III), and monitoring. He plans, directs, and reviews site assessments, management recommendations, and report production. He has provided cultural resource services in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, California, and North Dakota. Clive has authored more than 40 cultural resource management reports and is proficient in ArcGIS.

 

Cultural Resources
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9Bonnie Mask
Administrative Assistant

Bonnie is the friendly voice you hear when calling ERO. She is responsible for all general reception duties including greeting visitors, keeping track of ERO's busy staff, and maintaining our customer database. Bonnie provides clerical support to ERO's professionals using software skills that include Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access.

 

Administration
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9Matthew Boyer
Natural Resource Specialist
Matthew joined ERO in 2016 as a seasonal biologist. He is experienced in wetland mitigation monitoring and threatened and endangered species surveys and has a wide-ranging background in implementing conservation practices for several wildlife species.  Matthew has conducted wetland delineations, stormwater management plan inspections, small mammal surveys, population counts, and nest surveys in the Denver metro area and along the Front Range.  He also has assisted with preparing mitigation monitoring reports, natural resource memos, and habitat assessments.
Natural Resources - Planning, Permitting, NEPA
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10Steve Butler
Biologist
Steve is a certified Professional Wetland Scientist and has provided expertise in ecological consulting since 1995. He has conducted natural resource investigations and environmental assessments (EAs) throughout Colorado and the western and central United States for transportation, water resources, utilities, open space and trails, commercial and residential development, and oil and gas projects. Steve's experience includes environmental impact analysis and permitting, wetland delineation, wetland mitigation, Section 404 permitting, threatened and endangered species, Endangered Species Act (ESA) compliance, vegetation surveys, and rare species surveys. He has assisted ERO clients with wetland permitting, including obtaining Nationwide and Individual 404 Permits, preparing wetland functional assessments, and designing constructed wetlands for mitigation. Steve’s NEPA experience includes serving as project manager and assistant project manager for numerous EAs, preparing wildlife and threatened and endangered species sections of environmental impact statements (EISs), and preparing wildlife technical reports for EISs. His ESA experience includes preparing biological assessments and habitat conservation plans, conducting habitat evaluations, and conducting surveys for threatened and endangered species.  
Natural Resources - Planning, Permitting, NEPA
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12Sherl Chapman
Project Manager

Formerly with the Idaho Department of Water Resources, Sherl founded Sherl L. Chapman Consulting, Inc. in 1974. Now merged with ERO, Sherl brings his 40+ years of professional experience and integrity to ERO. He specializes in ground water hydrology, exploration and development of ground and surface water resources, geothermal exploration and development, and water rights.

 

Water Resources
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13Michele Pullins
Accounts Receivable Specialist

Michele’s responsibilities at ERO are to manage the accounts receivable function, which includes monthly billing, entering billable expenses, ensuring compliance with company and contract billing rates, and monthly reporting to the management team. Michele is located in the Denver office and assists with accounts payables as well as many other additional duties as requested by the leadership team.

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14Andy Cole
Natural Resource Planner/Project Manager

Andy has been a natural resource planner and project manager with ERO since 1999. His experience ranges from large-scale conservation planning efforts to site-specific species surveys and habitat evaluations. In natural resource planning, Andy has collaborated with federal and state agencies, local governments, and nonprofit organizations. Hands-on experience with wildlife surveys, habitat assessments, noxious weed control, prescribed burning, and preserve management gives Andy a creative edge in planning and policy development.

 

Natural Resources - Planning, Permitting, NEPA
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15Anne Richard
Finance Director
Anne joined ERO as Finance Director in 2015 after her recent relocation back to Colorado. She has over 17 years of experience managing Finance, Accounting and a variety of operational areas in small to mid-sized companies. Anne holds an MBA from Seattle University and is a licensed CPA.
Administration
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16Emily Corsi
Environmental Specialist

Emily has more than six years of experience managing environmental compliance and documentation projects, including nearly three years as a Montana Environmental Policy Act Coordinator for the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).  Her project experience ranges from land use planning to hard rock and coal mining projects.  She has managed projects that involve a number of federal, state, and local agencies including the Bureau of Land Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; U.S. Forest Service; Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks; and numerous county governments. While at DEQ, Emily coordinated three environmental impact statements for Montana mines. Emily is an experienced public participation consultant and natural resources conflict resolution specialist.



Natural Resources - Planning, Permitting, NEPA
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18Kathy Croll
Senior Archaeologist

Kathy is a cultural resources project manager and cultural GIS lead for ERO with more than 18 years of experience in cultural resource management. She completed her PhD at the University of New Mexico in 2010 and holds federal and state permits to conduct archaeological investigations statewide in Colorado (state lands and BLM), Utah (BLM), New Mexico (state lands), and North Dakota, as well as USDA National Forest Region 2; Santa Fe, Lincoln, and Gila national forests; and within the northwest area of New Mexico (BLM). Kathy has supervised or participated in survey, testing, and mitigation phase fieldwork in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Illinois, Missouri, Wyoming, and Belize.  Her responsibilities include project development, project management, and supervision of all stages of archaeological data collection including file search and literature reviews (Class I), sample inventory (Class II), intensive inventories (Class III), evaluative testing, and data recovery. She specializes in GIS applications and spatial analysis and ceramic technology.  As the cultural GIS lead, she is also responsible for the analysis and presentation of all cultural GIS data.

 

Cultural Resources
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20Ian Crosser
Archaeologist

Ian has worked in cultural resource management for eight years and has survey experience in Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Utah; and excavation experience in California, Colorado, New Mexico, and North Dakota.  His surveys have ranged from single-acre drilling pads to several hundred-acre block surveys, as well as several hundred miles of road and pipeline survey.  Ian has led crews in all facets of cultural resource management ranging from data recovery, evaluative testing, Class II and Class III surveys, and monitored mechanical excavation.  He is experienced in NRHP evaluation, site form and report production, and artifact analysis.  Ian is also proficient in operating ArcGIS for producing report and site maps.

 

Cultural Resources
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22Esa Crumb
Natural Resource Specialist
Esa has more than 10 years of experience working in natural resources, specializing in wetland and water resources. Her multidisciplinary background includes broad natural resource experience conducting wetland delineations and functional assessments, botanical surveys, vegetation community mapping, habitat evaluations, and invasive plant management. Esa has additional expertise in science-based wetland restoration planning and wetland mitigation development and design. She has more than five years of experience assisting with environmental compliance issues, including Section 404 of the Clean Water Act permitting, NEPA and CEQ compliance, and post-project monitoring. Esa has spent the last two years working in the high country of Colorado, conducting numerous evaluations and assessments of sensitive aquatic resources including fen wetlands and mires in high-elevation habitats.
Natural Resources - Planning, Permitting, NEPA
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24Mark DeHaven
Natural Resource Specialist

Mark is a natural resource scientist who has been specializing in environmental evaluations and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance since 1978.  He has conducted studies and worked on a variety of project types including water storage, conveyance, and treatment; roads; oil, gas, and mineral development; building and infrastructure construction; recreation; and open land planning.  Mark has worked on dozens of projects for the National Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Federal Highways, Forest Service, and other land management and regulatory agencies.  He often works as a third-party contractor to assist private applicants with successfully meeting NEPA and permitting requirements for projects involving federal lands or authorization.

"You did an outstanding job on this project, both in working with multiple agencies to develop alternatives and to assess impacts, and in writing the environmental documents. We appreciate your extremely professional manner in your dealings with park staff and other agencies. You have a thorough understanding of NEPA, and NPS policies and procedures related to NEPA."

- Nancy E. Hendricks, Olympic National Park

Natural Resources - Planning, Permitting, NEPA
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24Adam Backsmeier
Staff Geoscientist
Adam joined ERO in 2017 as a geoscientist.  After serving in the United States Marine Corps as a Logistics Officer, he completed a Master of Science in Hydrology at Colorado School of Mines.  Adam is experienced in surface water hydrology and modeling and has conducted water quality studies assessing the impact of wildfire and mountain pine beetles on water quality.  He works with the Geoscience team and focuses on Environmental Site Assessments.
Environmental Due Diligence
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26Steve Dougherty
Ecologist

Steve has experience in ecology and environmental sciences since 1975. His areas of specialization include wetland and riparian systems, Endangered Species Act compliance, and environmental issues associated with water supplies.

"My job is always easier when you are on the team." - Steve Sims, Brownstein | Hyatt | Farber | Schreck, P.C

New Federal Guidance of Identifying Waters Protected by the Clean Water Act", The Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 40, No. 12, by Deborah L. Freeman and Steve Dougherty

Natural Resources - Planning, Permitting, NEPA
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28Barbara Galloway
Senior Hydrologist

Barbara has 28 years of experience in surface and ground water quantity and quality monitoring, analysis and modeling, water rights and administration, water supply studies, environmental impact analyses, and hazardous and nonhazardous site investigations and remediation.  She evaluates the availability of surface and ground water supplies, estimates peak and average flows, calculates water balances for lakes and reservoirs, evaluates baseline watershed conditions prior to site development, and models impacts on surface water flows due to water supply development, including effects due to ground water pumping.  She conducts aquifer tests and models ground water flow.  Barbara prepares water quality monitoring and management plans.  She evaluates impacts on surface water from storm runoff, and assists clients with water quality certification, discharge permitting, and preparation and review of stormwater permit applications and drainage plans.  She assesses water supplies to support and protect water-dependent ecosystems. Barbara prepares augmentation plans and changes of water rights for public and private water users, and evaluates water yields and consumptive use.  She has prepared the hydrology, water quality, water rights, stream morphology, and floodplain sections of numerous EISs and EAs.  Barbara also provides expert witness testimony.

 

Environmental Due Diligence
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34Jonathan Hedlund
Archaeologist

Jonathan has worked in the cultural resource management area for six years.  While the majority of his experience is in Colorado, he has also worked on extensive excavations in California and on large surveys in Utah, New Mexico, and Wyoming.  Jonathan has led crews in all facets of cultural resource management ranging from data recovery to evaluative testing and Class II and Class III surveys, assisted in HABS/HAER documentation, and monitored mechanical excavations.  He has conducted archival research and interviews, and has worked closely with historical societies to broaden project background research and involve local communities.  Bolstered by Section 106 training, Jonathan has extensive experience in NRHP evaluation and site form and report production.  He has acted as laboratory manager on individual projects and is proficient in flaked stone, ground stone, and historic artifact analysis.

 

Cultural Resources
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36Clint Henke
Natural Resource Specialist

Clint is a natural resource specialist with 16 years of experience in wetland delineations, vegetation mapping, habitat evaluation, and threatened and endangered species surveys for road construction, residential developments, oil and gas developments, water resource projects, and recreation plans. He has experience with water and soil sampling and analysis, and a broad background in biological resources. Clint is experienced in ESA compliance, natural resource impact evaluations, and environmental permitting. He is especially knowledgeable in North American herpetology, and has performed several field studies of reptile populations in the Rocky Mountain region, western United States, and Mexico.

  “…Clint has done a fantastic job for us during our flood response and recovery. He’s really helped our activities move along in a timely fashion, and made sure everything is permitted properly. He’s been dedicated and consistent, and always follows through.”
– Dave Skuodas, Sr. Project Engineer - Urban Drainage and Flood Control District

Natural Resources - Planning, Permitting, NEPA
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38David Hesker
Graphic Designer/GIS Specialist
David is a graphic designer, illustrator, and GIS Specialist with
over 25 years of professional experience. David specializes in
designing publications that address culturally and environmentally sensitive issues and community concerns and perceptions in meaningful, distinctive ways. He has experience with offset printing, web-oriented design, public display materials, and interpretive signage.

David also uses GIS to generate creative planning products. He uses ESRI’s and Adobe’s suites of products for mapping, analyses,and display of geographic data.He is able to work between both platforms to synthesize accurate web and print applications.

GIS, Document Production, Graphics
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40Rhen Hirsh
Staff Archaeologist

Rhen has worked in cultural resource management for the past three years and joined ERO in 2016 as a staff archaeologist. Prior to ERO, she worked for the U.S. Forest Service in the Rio Grande National Forest. Rhen has participated in excavations, evaluative testing, and Class II and Class III surveys in Colorado and Georgia.

Cultural Resources
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44Wendy Hodges
GIS Specialist
Wendy joined ERO in 2006 as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialist and has more than 12 years of experience using GIS specifically for applications of natural resource management. Her software skills include Microsoft Office, AutoCAD LT, Microstation, and ESRI’s suite of GIS products.  Wendy is trained and experienced in working through the Wyoming Density and Disturbance Calculation Tool (DDCT) for Greater Sage-Grouse and Functional Assessment of Colorado Wetlands (FACWet) Method processes.  She is also knowledgeable in habitat and site location suitability modeling, viewshed analysis, and hazard modeling and has extensive experience using Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment.
GIS, Document Production, Graphics
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46Lia Jenkins
Natural Resource Specialist
Lia has four years’ experience as a natural resource specialist, having served on interdisciplinary planning teams tasked with writing plans and documentation for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other relevant laws, regulations, and policies. She has authored natural resource sections in environmental analysis documents for the National Park Service and Federal Energy Regulatory Committee (FERC). Lia has experience collaborating with agency scientists, technical staff, and/or resource managers to prepare technically, scientifically, and legally sufficient compliance documentation. She has performed environmental and public use inspections for FERC, serving as lead environmental inspector or co-inspector, and has experience conducting route inventories for the Bureau of Land Management.
Natural Resources - Planning, Permitting, NEPA
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50Jenelle Kreutzer
Ecologist

Jenelle is an ecologist with a strong background in rangeland ecology, specifically addressing disturbed land reclamation, invasive plant management, wetland delineation and mitigation, vegetation mapping, and habitat evaluation and enhancement. She has more than nine years of experience assisting with CWA Section 404 permitting, wetland mitigation monitoring, and ESA compliance for transportation, water resource, and development projects.

 

Natural Resources - Planning, Permitting, NEPA
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54Denise Larson
Ecologist

Denise has worked as an ecologist since 1993 conducting wetland, vegetation, and threatened and endangered (TE) species surveys. She has worked with a variety of federal, state, and local agencies on permitting issues for wetlands, TE species, and other environmental concerns. As part of the permitting process, she has designed numerous wetland mitigation sites and other revegetation sites for government and private land owners.

"I wanted to recognize Denise’s efforts on the project. I really appreciated her help both answering my questions and working in the field to coordinate all the different plantings that went on during this project. I enjoyed working with her and thought she did a great job of communicating with the contractor. This project was an especially difficult planting job and Denise was vital to its success." 

- Steven Humphrey, P.E., Design Engineer III, Muller Engineering Company, Inc.

Natural Resources - Planning, Permitting, NEPA
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56Courtney Marne
Biologist

Courtney is an ecological biologist experienced in aquatic and wildlife research, threatened and endangered species surveys, wetland delineations, and habitat evaluations. She has conducted biodiversity surveys and water quality sampling and analysis, and has a wide-ranging background in implementing conservation practices for several species. She is knowledgeable in federal and state regulations and programs, including the ESA, State Aquatic Nuisance Species, and Boreal Toad Conservation Plan.

 

Natural Resources - Planning, Permitting, NEPA
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58Katherine Mayo
Staff Archaeologist

Katherine’s research interests and expertise focus on prehistoric High Plains archaeology and geo-archaeology.  She performs all phases of inventory, including file and record reviews (Class I), sample inventories (Class II), intensive inventories (Class III), and monitoring of prehistoric and historic resources related to Sections 106 and 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) compliance.  For three years she has provided cultural resource services in Colorado, New Mexico, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, and North Dakota.  Since joining ERO in 2016, Katherine is responsible for completing NHPA Section 106 cultural resource surveys and evaluation reports for proposed construction projects throughout Colorado. She has co-authored several cultural resource management reports and drafted hundreds of National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) nominations.

Cultural Resources
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60Steve Mitchell
Environmental Scientist

Steve has worked in the environmental field since 1998. His experience includes Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs); site characterization and monitoring; surface and subsurface soil and ground water investigations; contamination excavation; remediation system design, installation, operation, and maintenance; and solid and hazardous waste management.

 

Environmental Due Diligence
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62Marin Millen
Staff Archaeologist
Marin has served as a field archaeologist, crew chief, field director, GIS analyst and project manager since 2009 on survey projects ranging from linear and block pedestrian projects to testing and mitigation.  She has authored and co-authored nearly 30 agency reports in Texas and Colorado and has acquired a broad range of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act compliance experience with many federal agencies, including the National Park Service (NPS), USDA Forest Service (USFS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Western Area Power Administration, and state departments of transportation (DOT).   Marin joined ERO in 2016 and is responsible for Class I, Class II, and Class III data collection, drafting technical memorandums and survey reports, managing field data, and conducting fieldwork.
Cultural Resources
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64Brian Olmsted
Geologist

Brian has over 10 years of environmental consulting experience on projects ranging from mining-related impact studies to petroleum- and chlorinated solvent-impacted soil and ground water site characterizations. He has conducted Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments, site characterization and monitoring, contamination excavations, surface and subsurface soil and ground water investigations, and solid and hazardous waste management. Brian has been responsible for environmental sampling, field management, data validation, and report preparation.

Environmental Due Diligence
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66Tony Romano
Biologist
Tony joined ERO in the summer of 2015 as a biological technician and is experienced in plant ecology, threatened and endangered species surveys, and habitat assessments. He has conducted vegetation mapping and monitoring, wetland delineations, habitat assessments, and raptor surveys throughout the Front Range. Tony has also conducted rare plant surveys and monitoring throughout the entire state of Colorado. He has assisted with preparing natural resource assessments, Threatened and Endangered species habitat assessments, and CWA Section 404 permits. Tony is knowledgeable about ESA compliance, CWA Section 404 permitting, and issues affecting rare plant species in Colorado.
Natural Resources - Planning, Permitting, NEPA
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68Leigh Rouse
Ecologist

Leigh has been a field biologist since 1991 and specializes in wetland delineations, permitting, mitigation, and annual monitoring for mitigation projects. She assists clients with ESA compliance by conducting habitat assessments and surveys for listed species. Leigh manages projects; prepares technical reports, EIS sections, and EAs; manages schedules; prepares budgets; and coordinates with agencies and subcontractors to help clients during the NEPA compliance process. 

 

Natural Resources - Planning, Permitting, NEPA
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74Abigail L. Sanocki
Historical Archaeologist
Abigail’s research interests and expertise focus on the history of the United States and compliance with regulations governing the management of cultural resources.  She exceeds Secretary of the Interior qualifications to conduct work in the fields of archaeology, history, and architectural history. She performs all classes and phases of survey and investigation of cultural resources related to Sections 106 and 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), State Register Act, and local regulations.  Abigail is experienced in drafting National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) nominations and Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record (HABS/HAER) documentation and is academically trained and has professional experience with developing historic contexts and public interpretive materials.  Abigail is responsible for completing NHPA Section 106 cultural resource surveys, evaluation reports, and treatment of adverse effects for proposed construction projects throughout the United States.
Cultural Resources
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76Dave Shaw
Project Manager

Dave is an engineer who manages ERO’s Idaho office. His experience in water resources began in 1973 and ranges from planning and project development to regulatory, legislative, and administrative issues. Dave serves as manager or lead scientist for a variety of projects. He specializes in the water arena and has extensive experience in water supply and use studies, water rights evaluations and the water rights administrative process, alternatives dispute resolution, technical coordination of complex litigation, and expert testimony. In addition, Dave has expertise in a broad range of natural resource-based engineering and hydrology solutions such as managed ground water recharge operations, drainage systems, multijurisdiction water management, and common sense solutions for everyday needs.

 

Water Resources
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78Cassandra Shenk
NEPA Specialist
Cassandra has worked for ERO since 2014 and has experience in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), with developing experience in Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Clean Water Act (CWA) compliance. Her project experience includes water utility line construction, power transmission lines, highway construction, oil and gas operations, water supply systems, and natural resource planning and management. In addition to local and regional experience, Cassandra has extensive environmental management and compliance experience with military, corporate, and government agencies overseeing the US Antarctic Program (since 1997).
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80Garth Smith
GIS Specialist

Garth has more than 12 years of experience as a GIS specialist for environmental impact analyses and map production, as well as developing stand-alone GIS products. His software skills include Microsoft Office, Microstation, AutoCAD, and the ESRI suite of GIS products, including Arc Macro and Avenue programming languages. Garth also has written sections of various environmental documents and permits.

 

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80Water Resources
Dave Shaw - Project Manager

Dave is an engineer who manages ERO’s Boise, Idaho office. His experience in water resources began in 1973 and ranges from planning and project development to regulatory, legislative, and administrative issues. Dave serves as manager or lead scientist for a variety of projects. He specializes in the water arena and has extensive experience in water supply and use studies, water rights evaluations and the water rights administrative process, alternatives dispute resolution, technical coordination of complex litigation, and expert testimony. In addition, Dave has expertise in a broad range of natural resource-based engineering and hydrology solutions such as managed ground water recharge operations, drainage systems, multijurisdiction water management, and common sense solutions for everyday needs.

Jack Denman - Environmental Scientist

Jack has been consulting in the environmental field since 1999 and his experience includes Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments; site characterization and monitoring; surface and subsurface soil and ground water investigations; contamination excavation; remediation system design, installation, and operation; and solid and hazardous waste management.

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82NEPA Compliance
Aleta Powers - Natural Resources Specialist

Aleta has worked for ERO since 1994 and has experience in National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, and Clean Water Act compliance. Her project experience includes highway reconstruction permitting, reservoir reoperation, water supply systems, oil and gas exploration and extraction, and mining operations. In addition to federal and state planning and permitting, Aleta has experience in local and municipal issues such as open space resource planning and management, watershed management and permitting, and County 1041 programs. In 2007, Aleta successfully established ERO’s Western Slope office in Hotchkiss, Colorado, and was elected President of ERO in 2012.

Nicole Bauman- NEPA Specialist

Nicole is a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) specialist with 14 years of experience in environmental consulting, hazardous materials management, and emergency response. She has prepared environmental documentation and coordinated activities under NEPA for various agencies. Nicole has managed cleanups at superfund sites and performed hazardous materials compliance activities. Her responsibilities include project management, contractor management, client coordination, schedule tracking, staff training, public involvement, and document preparation.

Service Area Contacts
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82Hidde Snieder
Biologist

Hidde joined ERO in 2014 as a biological resources technician. He is experienced in wetland mitigation monitoring and threatened and endangered species surveys. Hidde has conducted wetland delineations, storm water management plan inspections, and nest surveys in the Denver metro area and along the Front Range, and has assisted with preparing mitigation monitoring reports, natural resource memos, and habitat assessments.

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84Courtney Sockwell
Geologist

Courtney has 15 years of experience in the environmental field, working on Phase I and II environmental site assessments; site characterization and monitoring; surface and subsurface soil and ground water investigations; contamination excavation; remediation system design, installation, and operation; and solid and hazardous waste management.

 "As a client I would like to mention that your representative, Courtney Sockwell, did an excellent job on this project, managed the deadlines, communicated  problems and resolved the unexpected issues.  It was really because of Courtney’s hard work and dedication to the project that we were able to make the tough deadlines that have allowed us to pursue the acquisition further.  The City looks forward to working with ERO and Courtney on our next project, and again thank you for your professional service." 

- Eric Reckentine, City of Greeley

 

Environmental Due Diligence
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84Biological Resources
Ron Beane - Wildlife Biologist

Ron has worked to conserve wildlife and wildlife habitat for more than 25 years as a professional ecologist and wildlife biologist. His expertise addresses threatened and endangered species issues, wildlife inventories and research, National Environmental Policy Act, environmental permitting, and environmental planning.

Service Area Contacts
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86Craig Sommers
Water Resources Specialist/Project Manager

Craig is past-President of ERO and has been consulting on land, water, and environmental resource issues since 1978. He is the lead scientist or economist on a variety of projects addressing coordination and testimony in complex litigation and alternatives dispute resolution, water rights and water resource evaluations, Endangered Species Act and National Environmental Policy Act compliance, economic analyses and appraisals, soil surveys and land classification, land use planning, and agronomy.

"Over a period spanning twenty years, and involving numerous complex and very exhaustive federal and state environmental regulatory processes, I have had the privilege of working with Craig Sommers and his extremely competent and professional staff at ERO [on the Salt River Project]."

- Paul Cherrington, Manager (retired), Water Engineering & Transmission, Salt River Project

Water Resources
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86Environmental Due Diligence
Jack Denman - Environmental Scientist

Jack has been consulting in the environmental field since 1999 and his experience includes Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments; site characterization and monitoring; surface and subsurface soil and ground water investigations; contamination excavation; remediation system design, installation, and operation; and solid and hazardous waste management.

 

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88Craig Sovka
Geologist

Craig has 20 years of consulting experience in the environmental field, including Phase I and II environmental site assessments; site characterization and monitoring; surface and subsurface soil and water investigations; and remediation system design, installation, and operation.

 

Environmental Due Diligence
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88Cultural Resources
Sean Larmore - Archaeologist

Sean has practiced cultural resource management since 1996, and has served as the cultural resource manager for ERO since 2005. He is responsible for all facets of cultural resource compliance, including serving as the primary contract manager and point of contact, developing work plans, coordinating and consulting with clients and regulatory agencies, and maintaining quality assurance and control. Sean has a broad range of Section 106 compliance experience for projects involving municipal water development, transportation, transmission lines, vegetation management, real estate development, oil and gas development, mineral development, and Section 404 Clean Water Act. He is the primary lead for conducting Native American consultation and National Environmental Policy Act analyses. Sean has completed nearly 200 cultural resource projects for clients such as the Federal Highway Administration, National Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Army Corps of Engineers, cities, counties, special districts, and engineering firms.

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90Resource Planning
Bill Mangle - Natural Resource Planner

Bill has a broad background in natural resource and open space planning, natural resource assessments, National Environmental Policy Act documentation, and water resource studies throughout Colorado and the intermountain West. He has a sound understanding of environmental and land use planning, natural resource policy, biological sciences, and GIS mapping. This interdisciplinary background of technical and professional skills has enabled Bill to effectively coordinate diverse project teams. Bill’s comprehensive approach to natural resource problems and issues enables him to develop workable and sustainable solutions.

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90Emily Thorn
Natural Resource Specialist
Emily has more than 13 years of combined experience with natural resource management, including NEPA compliance for biological and socioeconomic resources. Her biology expertise includes threatened, endangered, and sensitive species surveys and botanical inventories in the Southwest, Montana, and California. Emily has 10 years of experience as a rangeland specialist on Tribal land. Her socioeconomic expertise includes Environmental Justice, social, economic, recreational, and demographic analyses; and public participation for environmental assessments and supporting studies. Emily is adept at statistical analysis and modeling and IMPLAN software to measure economic impacts of proposed activities on public land.
Natural Resources - Planning, Permitting, NEPA
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94Richard Trenholme
NEPA Specialist/Project Manager

Richard has been providing environmental consulting services since 1978 in the physical and natural sciences. His broad background in NEPA compliance includes management of controversial environmental impact statements (EISs) such as a proposed copper mine beneath a designated wilderness, a proposed gold mine near Yellowstone National Park, and a management plan for Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge. He also has worked on a number of water supply projects, such as the Southern Delivery System EIS, Northern Integrated Supply Project, and 10825 Project. Richard is familiar with the land management and NEPA compliance policies of most federal land-managing agencies, particularly the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Fish and Wildlife Service. Because of his broad background in environmental consulting, Richard has provided quality assurance on several of ERO’s major contracts.

 

 

Natural Resources - Planning, Permitting, NEPA
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96Milu Velardi
Wildlife Biologist
Milu has more than ten years of experience as a wildlife biologist and field technician, specializing in mammalogy, ornithology, and dendrology.  She earned her Master’s degree in Wildlife & Fisheries Resources, specializing in wildlife habitat conservation and management. Her broad background in field biology includes conducting bat acoustic surveys, point counts, mist-netting, radio-telemetry, migratory raptor surveys, and vegetation mapping. She has experience in threatened & endangered species issues and compliance as well as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Bald & Golden Eagle Act, and the Endangered Species Act.
Natural Resources - Planning, Permitting, NEPA
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98Kay Wall
Technical Editor

Kay is ERO's technical editor with more than 20 years of experience in editing and word processing, and is expert in the use of numerous programs. She adapts quickly to new computer hardware and software, and provides immediate solutions to software problems. Kay is experienced in application, document, and system conversion, and also has extensive experience in revising, editing, and transcribing documents and meeting tight deadlines. Prior to joining ERO, Kay worked as a word processor; legal secretary; and training, application, and document support manager. In her capacity as training manager, she developed a training program for her company's computer users and coauthored a training manual for Windows 2000.

 

GIS, Document Production, Graphics
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100Aimee Way
Biologist/Natural Resource Specialist

Aimee has worked as an environmental consultant since 2004 and has expertise in Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and Clean Water Act compliance.  Her project experience includes power lines, communication towers, oil and gas development, mining operations, highway construction, and biological resource surveys for land managers. Aimee’s experience has focused on the Four Corner states of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah, with additional work in other western states.

Natural Resources - Planning, Permitting, NEPA
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104Moneka Worah
Natural Resource Specialist

Moneka has more than eight years of experience in wetland delineations, CWA Section 404 permitting, mitigation monitoring, environmental assessments, natural resource assessments, and threatened and endangered species surveys.  Moneka also has experience in riparian and wetland restoration, ESA compliance, and NEPA compliance.  She has worked on a variety of projects including residential developments, drainage improvements, renewable energy, oil and gas, recreation facilities, and road construction.

 

Natural Resources - Planning, Permitting, NEPA
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110Norman Young
Water Resource Engineer

Norm specializes in resolving complex water rights and water supply problems by innovatively using water law, administrative policy, and technical understanding of water availability and requirements to obtain the legal right to use surface and ground water needed for new projects and to firm up water rights for existing projects. Norm has been with ERO’s Idaho office since 2003.

 

Water Resources