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Watershed Management Division

 

 

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Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
Watershed Management Division

1 National Life Drive, Main 2

Montpelier VT 05620-3522


Division Wide

Watershed Management Main Telephone Line:

802.828.1535

Fax:

802.828.1544

Watershed Management e-mail

 

 

Please use the main line and the Watershed Management Division e-mail for all publication requests and general questions.

Pete LaFlamme
   Director

   Office: Montpelier
   pete.laflamme@state.vt.us

 

 

Mary Borg
   Deputy Director

   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6101
   mary.borg@state.vt.us

 

 

 

Elizabeth McDonald
   Attorney

   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6102
   elizabeth.mcdonald@state.vt.us

 

Leslie Welts
   Attorney

   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6103
   leslie.welts@state.vt.us

 

 

Administration and Compliance Program

Amber van Zuilen
   Operations Manager

   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6111
   Amber.vanZuilen@state.vt.us

Management of the Administration and Compliance Program. Responsible for support in division operations, budget, and business process related aspects.

Morgaine Bell
   Administrative Assistant
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6195

   morgaine.bell@state.vt.us

Administrative support for the Rivers Program

Ashley Carver

  Environmental Technician

  Office: Montpelier 802.490.6104

  ashley.carver@state.vt.us

Administrative support for the Stormwater Construction Program.

Mari Cato
   Environmental Technician

   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6105
   mari.cato@state.vt.us

Administrative support and compliance for the Wastewater Program

Carole Fowler
   Environmental Technician

   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6106
   carole.fowler@state.vt.us

Administrative support and compliance for the Wastewater Program
Michelle Lavigne
   Environmental Technician
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6108
  michelle.lavigne@state.vt.us
Administrative support for the Stormwater Program.

Megan McIntyre
  Environmental Technician
  Office: Montpelier 802.490.6110

  megan.mcintyre@state.vt.us

Coordination of 401 Water Quality Certifications and Division compliance and enforcement efforts.
Laura Woods
  Environmental Technician
  Office: Montpelier 802.490.6100
  laura.woods@state.vt.us
Administrative support for the Lakes & Ponds and Wetlands Programs.


Ecosystem Restoration Program

Kari Dolan
   Program Manager
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6113
   kari.dolan@state.vt.us

Management of the Ecosystem Restoration Program

Hank (David) Ainley

   Environmental Analyst II

   Office: Springfield 802.490.6119

   david.ainley@state.vt.us

Conducts inventories, mapping and assessment of municipal stormwater and municipal wastewater collection infrastructure. Maintains mapping and geo-location equipment.  Enters data into and manages an ArcMap stormwater infrastructure geodatabase; queries, programs and troubleshoots ANR ERP GIS problems. Assists with illicit discharge detection efforts.

Richmond Hopkins
   Environmental Analyst
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6115
   rick.hopkins@state.vt.us

Planning & management for nonpoint source pollution control. Responsible for certain water quality and nonpoint source related grant programs such as Section 319, Section 604b and Vermont Watershed Grants.

Justin Kenney
   Green Infrastructure Coordinator
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6118
   justin.kenney@state.vt.us

Development and Coordination of Low Impact Development/Green Infrastructure Initiatives

David Pasco
   Grants Management Specialist
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6112
   david.pasco@state.vt.us

Administration of Ecosystem Restoration Program Grants and Contracts

James Pease
   Environmental Scientist
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6116

   jim.pease@state.vt.us

Development of Municipal Stormwater Management Programs, Research, and Stormwater Offset Permit Coordination

Michaela Stickney
   Lake Champlain Basin Coordinator and
   Better Back Roads Coordinator

   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6117
   michaela.stickney@state.vt.us

 

Liaison between VTANR and the international Lake Champlain Basin Program of Vermont, New York and Quebec.

Liaison between VTDEC and the Better Back Roads program, an implementation-based water quality program.


Lakes & Ponds Management and Protection Program

Susan Warren
   Program Manager
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6134
   susan.warren@state.vt.us
Supervision of all programs related to lake and pond management, monitoring, and protection.
Ann Bove
   Environmental Scientist
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6120
   ann.bove@state.vt.us

Aquatic invasive species management (plant lead), aquatic nuisance species grant program, and aquatic plant monitoring and identification.


Kevin Burke

   Environmental Analyst
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6165
   kevin.burke@state.vt.us

Administers the Lake Encroachment Permit Program, and lake and pond water level monitoring.

Tina Centofante

   Environmental Technician

   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6126

   tina.centofante@state.vt.us
Lay Monitoring Program Assistant

Misha Cetner

   Environmental Technician

   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6199

   misha.cetner@state.vt.us

Shoreland Permit Analyst, providing technical assistance for the Shoreland Permit Program.

Eddie Haynes

   Environmental Technician

   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6197

   eddie.haynes@state.vt.us

Lake Wise Program Assistant

Dan Homeier

   Environmental Analyst

   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6200

   dan.homeier@state.vt.us

Shoreland Permit Analyst, providing technical assistance for the Shoreland Permit Program.
Tim Hunt
   Environmental Technician
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6124
   tim.hunt@state.vt.us
Water chestnut management.
Leslie Matthews
   Environmental Scientist
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6193
   leslie.matthews@state.vt.us

Monitoring both trends and condition of inland lakes for compliance with the Clean Water Act and Vermont Water Quality Standards.  Inland Lake water quality assessments, spring phosphorus sampling, and special studies like littoral habitat assessment. 

Kellie Merrell
   Environmental Scientist
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6194
   kellie.merrell@state.vt.us
Monitoring both trends and condition of inland lakes for compliance with the Clean Water Act and Vermont Water Quality Standards.  Inland Lake water quality assessments, spring phosphorus sampling, and special studies like littoral habitat assessment. 
Amy Picotte
   Environmental Scientist
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6128
   amy.picotte@state.vt.us
Vermont Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program, Vermont Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), Out of the Blue (Watershed Management Division newsletter), and shoreland management.
Matthew Probasco
   Environmental Analyst
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6133
   matthew.probasco@state.vt.us
Administers the Aquatic Nuisance Control Permit Program, the Pesticide General Permit, and the Rapid Response General Permit.
Bethany Sargent
   Environmental Scientist
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6129
   bethany.sargent@state.vt.us

Vermont Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program, aquatic invasive species early detection and

Vermont Invasive Patrollers.

Angela Shambaugh
   Aquatic Biologist
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6130
   angela.shambaugh@state.vt.us
Lake Champlain water quality monitoring, zebra mussel monitoring algae and cyanobacteria on Lake Champlain and selected inland waters.
Eric Smeltzer
   Environmental Scientist
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6131
   eric.smeltzer@state.vt.us
Scientific studies, monitoring, and policy analysis to support regulatory and management programs on Lake Champlain and other Vermont lakes.

Peter Stangel
   Aquatic Biologist
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6132
   pete.stangel@state.vt.us

Lake Champlain water quality monitoring, and zebra mussel monitoring on Lake Champlain and selected inland waters.


Monitoring, Assessment and Planning Program

Neil Kamman
   Program Manager
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6137
   neil.kamman@state.vt.us
Management of the Monitoring, Assessment and Planning Program. Expertise areas include monitoring program design, statewide and local water quality assessment, mercury contamination in aquatic systems, lake biocriteria development and lake water quality assessments, the Surface Water Management Strategy and Tactical Planning, and Water Quality Standards.

Karen Bates
   Watershed Coordinator
   Office: Essex 802.879.2339 

   Cellphone: 802.490.6144
   karen.bates@state.vt.us

Watershed planning and watershed restoration projects in the Winooski River Basin and the northern Lake Champlain watershed.

Marie Levesque Caduto
   Watershed Coordinator
   Office: Springfield 802.885.8958

   Cellphone: 802.490.6142
   marie.caduto@state.vt.us

Watershed planning and watershed restoration projects in the West, Williams and Saxtons Rivers, the Ottauquechee and Black Rivers, the Deerfield River and the Lower Connecticut River.

Tim Clear
   Water Quality TMDL Coordinator
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6135

   tim.clear@state.vt.us

Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) development including: pollutant loading studies, TMDL documents, work plans for contracted TMDL related activities, and contract oversight, technical support.

Ben Copans
   Watershed Coordinator
   Office: St. Johnsbury  802.751.2610 

   Cellphone: 802.490.6143
   ben.copans@state.vt.us

Watershed planning and watershed restoration projects in the Passumpsic River Watershed, the Upper Connecticut River Watershed and the Lake Memphremagog Watershed.

James Deshler

   Environmental Technician III

   Office: Montpelier 802.490-6136

   james.deshler@state.vt.us

Collection of macroinvertebrates and fish, processing biological samples and managing databases.
Steven Fiske
   Aquatic Biologist
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6145
   steve.fiske@state.vt.us
Biological assessments of aquatic macroinvertebrate communities and development of biocriteria.
Blaine Hastings
   Division Hydrologist
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6156
   blaine.hastings@state.vt.us

Hydrological analysis to support pollution loading studies, reservoir operation, and regulatory compliance.

Cathy Kashanski
   Environmental Analyst
   Office: Montpelier 802.828.1554
   cathy.kashanski@state.vt.us
Water quality and aquatic habitat assessments for rivers and streams statewide, and water quality protection technical assistance to municipalities.
James Kellogg
   Aquatic Biologist
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6146
   jim.kellogg@state.vt.us
Biological assessments of aquatic macroinvertebrate communities and research on the effects of acid precipitation on waterbodies.
Richard Langdon
   Aquatic Biologist
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6147
   rich.langdon@state.vt.us
Supervision of Biomonitoring and Aquatic Studies programs and Vermont's biological criteria program. Expertise areas include biological assessments of fish communities, State Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program, state fish distribution database.
Richard Levey
   Aquatic Biologist
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6148
   rick.levey@state.vt.us
Biological assessments of stream and lake communities, and amphibian malformation investigations.

Aaron Moore
   National Aquatic Resource Survey

   Coordinator
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6139
  aaron.moore@state.vt.us

State of VT Coordinator for USEPA’s National Aquatic Resource Survey Initiative. Biological assessments and biological criteria development. 

Heather Pembrook
   Environmental Technician
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6149
   heather.pembrook@state.vt.us
Acid precipitation monitoring network, and research on the effects of acid precipitation on waterbodies.
Tim Pricer
   Data Manager
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6138
   tim.pricer@state.vt.us

Manages the Water Quality and Biomonitoring data archives for Watershed Managment Division.

Jim Ryan
   Watershed Coordinator
   Office: Barre 802.476.0132

   Cellphone: 802.490.6140
   jim.ryan@state.vt.us

Watershed planning and watershed restoration projects in the Lamoille River Watershed, the Ompompanoosuc, Stevens, Waits and Wells Watershed, and White River Watershed.

Ethan Swift
   Watershed Coordinator
   Office: Rutland 802.786.2503

   Cellphone: 802.490.6141
   ethan.swift@state.vt.us

Watershed planning and watershed restoration projects in the Poultney Mettowee watershed, Otter Creek watershed, and Battenkill-Hoosic-Walloomsac watershed. Expertise areas include Water Quality Standards and Classification and statewide water management planning.


Rivers Program

Michael Kline
   Program Manager
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6155
   mike.kline@state.vt.us
Supervision and coordination of the Rivers Programs, including the River Corridor and Floodplain Management, Flow Protection and River Management sections.

Gretchen Alexander
   River Scientist

   Office: Essex   802.490.6150
   gretchen.alexander@state.vt.us

Technical assistance for geomorphic assessment, corridor planning, corridor easement acquisition, fluvial erosion hazards and restoration projects in central Vermont.

Jaron Borg

    River Management Engineer

    Office: Rutland   802.371.8342

    jaron.borg@state.vt.us

River management and natural river channel design technical assistance and stream alteration permits in southwestern Vermont
Christopher Brunelle
   River Management Engineer
   Office: Essex   802.879.5631
   chris.brunelle@state.vt.us
River management and natural river channel design technical assistance and stream alteration permits in northwestern Vermont
Barry Cahoon, P.E.
   River Management Engineer
   Office: St. Johnsbury   802.751.0129
   barry.cahoon@state.vt.us
River management and natural river channel design technical assistance and stream alteration permits in northeastern Vermont
Josh Carvajal, P.E., CFM
   Floodplain Manager
   Office: Rutland   802.490.6163
   joshua.carvajal@state.vt.us
Technical assistance, education, and outreach to ensure compliance with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and state regulatory requirements in southern Vermont communities.
Jeff Crocker
  Streamflow Protection Coordinator
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6151
   jeff crocker@state.vt.us

Coordination and supervision of the Streamflow Protection Section including programs related to dam removal, hydroelectric power and artificial regulation of stream flows and lake and reservoir levels.

Eric Davis

   River Ecologist

   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6180

   eric.davis@state.vt.us

Analyses of the ecological impacts of projects and activities that affect streamflow and water level regulation, including large development projects, hydroelectric projects, water withdrawals and dams.
Rob Evans, CFM
   River Corridor & Floodplain Manager
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6152
   rob.evans@state.vt.us
Coordination and supervision of the River Corridor and Floodplain Management Section including geomorphic assessment, mapping, and river corridor protection initiatives, the Fluvial Erosion Hazard Program, and the FEMA National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
Shayne Jaquith
   River Scientist
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6154
   shayne.jaquith@state.vt.us
Vermont Agency of Transportation coordination and training

Heather Kennedy

   Rivers Program Mapping Specialist

   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6161

   heather.kennedy@state.vt.us

Provides floodplain and river corridor mapping, analysis, and database support to the Rivers Program
Todd Menees, P.E.
   River Management Engineer

   Office: Springfield  802.345.3510

   todd.menees@state.vt.us
River management and natural river channel design technical assistance and stream alteration permits in southeastern Vermont.

Sacha Pealer
   Floodplain Manager

   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6162
   sacha.pealer@state.vt.us

Technical assistance, education, and outreach to ensure compliance with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and state regulatory requirements in central Vermont communities.

Rebecca Pfeiffer, CFM
   Floodplain Manager/Assistant NFIP

   Coordinator
   Office: Essex 802.490.6157
   rebecca.pfeiffer@state.vt.us

Technical assistance, education, and outreach to ensure compliance with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and state regulatory requirements in northern Vermont communities.
Staci Pomeroy
   River Scientist
   Office: Essex   802.872.7542
   staci.pomeroy@state.vt.us
Technical assistance for geomorphic assessment, corridor planning, corridor easement acquisition, fluvial erosion hazards and restoration projects in northern Vermont.
Shannon Pytlik
   River Scientist
   Office: Rutland   802.490.6158
   shannon.pytlik@state.vt.us
Technical assistance for geomorphic assessment, corridor planning, corridor easement acquisition, fluvial erosion hazards and restoration projects in southern Vermont.
Patrick Ross, P.E.
   River Management Engineer
   Office: Barre   802.476.2679
   patrick.ross@state.vt.us
River management and natural river channel design technical assistance and stream alteration permits in  east central Vermont

Ned Swanberg, CFM
   Mapping & Planning

   Coordinator
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6160
   ned.swanberg@state.vt.us

Coordination of river corridor & flood hazard mapping and flood resilience planning technical assistance


Stormwater Program

Padraic Monks
   Program Manager
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6169
   padraic.monks@state.vt.us
Supervision of stormwater management program.

Tom Benoit
   Environmental Analyst
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6164
   thomas.benoit@state.vt.us

Technical review of permit applications, technical design assistance and jurisdictional determinations for State (operational) stormwater permits, construction stormwater permits and multi-sector general permits in Grand Isle, Franklin, Orleans, Essex, and Calendonia counties.
Helen Carr
   Environmental Analyst
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6170
   helen.carr@state.vt.us

Technical review of permit applications, technical design assistance and jurisdictional determinations for State (operational) stormwater permits, construction stormwater permits and multi-sector general permits in southern Chittenden County (Bolton, Buels Gore, Charlotte, Hinesburg, Huntington, Richmond, Shelburne, South Burlington, St. George, and Williston).

Jenna Calvi
  Environmental Analyst
  Office: Montpelier 802.490.6166
  jenna.calvi@state.vt.us

Technical review of permit applications, technical design assistance and jurisdictional determinations for State (operational) stormwater permits, construction stormwater permits and multi-sector general permits in northern Chittenden County (Burlington, Colchester, Essex, Jericho, Milton, Underhill, Westford, Winooski).

Chris Gianfagna
   Environmental Analyst
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6174
   chris.gianfagna@state.vt.us
Technical review of permit applications, technical design assistance and jurisdictional determinations for State (operational) stormwater permits, construction stormwater permits and multi-sector general permits in Bennington and Rutland Counties
Christina Hutchinson Clark
   Environmental Analyst
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6167
   christina.clark@state.vt.us
Technical review of permit applications, technical design assistance and jurisdictional determinations for State (operational) stormwater permits, construction stormwater permits and multi-sector general permits in Lamoille and Washington Counties.
Ryan McCall
   Environmental Analyst
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6168
   ryan.mccall@state.vt.us
Technical review of permit applications, technical design assistance and jurisdictional determinations for State (operational) stormwater permits, construction stormwater permits and multi-sector general permits in Orange, Windsor, and Windham Counties.
Joel Nipper
   Environmental Analyst
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6159
   joel.nipper@state.vt.us
Technical review of permit applications, technical design assistance and jurisdictional determinations for State (operational) stormwater permits, construction stormwater permits and multi-sector general permits in Addison County.

Marli Rupe

   Agricultural Water Quality Specialist

   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6171

    marli.rupe@state.vt.us

Responsible for CAFO permit program and agricultural water quality issues, technical assistance and agriculture program coordination.
Emily Schelley
   Environmental Analyst
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6172
   emily.schelley@state.vt.us
Stormwater-Impaired Watersheds Permit Development
Christy Witters
   Environmental Analyst
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6173
   christy.witters@state.vt.us
Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permits and Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) Program Coordinator, and Coordinator of Technical Standards development.


Wastewater Program

Ernie Kelley
   Program Manager

   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6187
   ernie.kelley@state.vt.us

Discharging Treatment Facilities, Operations & Management and Residuals Management

Randy Bean
   Environmental Analyst

   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6181

   randy.bean@state.vt.us

Discharging Treatment Facilities Section: Direct Discharge Permits

Julia Butzler
   Environmental Analyst

   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6182
   julia.butzler@state.vt.us

Discharging Treatment Facilities Section: Direct Discharge Permits

Liz Dickson
   Environmental Analyst

   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6183
   liz.dickson@state.vt.us

Discharging Treatment Facilities Section: Operations and Management

Jeff Fehrs
   Environmental Engineer

   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6185
   jeff.fehrs@state.vt.us

Discharging Treatment Facilities Section: Operations and Management

David DiDomenico

   Environmental Analyst

   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6184

   david.didomenico@state.vt.us

Discharging Treatment Facilities Section: Operations and Management

Andy Fish
   Lab Evaluation & Training Specialist

   O&M

   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6186
   andy.fish@state.vt.us

Discharging Treatment Facilities Section: Operations and Management

Allison Lowry
   Environmental Analyst

   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6188
   allison.lowry@state.vt.us

Residuals Management

Eamon Twohig
   Environmental Analyst

   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6189
   eamon.twohig@state.vt.us

Residuals Management


Wetlands Program

Laura Lapierre
   Program Manager
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6177
   laura.lapierre@state.vt.us

Supervision and coordination of the Wetlands Program.

Rebecca Chalmers
   District Wetlands Ecologist
   Office: Springfield 802.885.8851

   rebecca.chalmers@state.vt.us

Wetland evaluation and protection in Bennington, Windsor and Windham counties.

Zapata Courage

   Wetlands Ecologist

   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6179

   zapata.courage@state.vt.us

Wetland evaluation and protection.
Julie Foley
   District Wetlands Ecologist
   Office: Springfield 802.490.6175
   julie.foley@state.vt.us
Wetland evaluation and protection in Orange, Rutland, Addison and southern Chittenden counties.

Julie McGivern

   Environmental Scientist

   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6201

   julie.mcgivern@state.vt.us

Wetland monitoring and bioassessment.
Shannon Morrison
   District Wetlands Ecologist
   Office: Montpelier 802.490.6178
   shannon.morrison@state.vt.us
Wetland evaluation and protection in Washington, Lamoille, Caledonia, Essex and Orleans counties. 
Danielle Owczarski
   Wetlands Ecologist
   Office: Essex 802.490.6176
   danielle.owczarski@state.vt.us
Wetland evaluation and protection in Franklin, Grand Isle and northern Chittenden counties. Wetland Monitoring and bioassessment.

Note: Written communications to and from state officials regarding state business are considered public records and therefore may be subject to public scrutiny.

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