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Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable, Washington, DC (2003-2009). Serve on the Steering Committee of the Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable (SWRR) whose mission is to promote exchange of water resource information and sustainability indicator measures among government, industry, professional, public interest, and academic groups. I Serve as a member and advisor of a task force convened to examine the criteria that define sustainable water resources for the United States. The task force is comprised of governmental officials, industry representatives, non-profit organizations, academicians, and consultants that meet regularly to synthesize and integrate data relative to the sustainability of surface and groundwater resources. I contribute through meeting planning, research on water indicators, facilitation of workgroups and large meetings, and 4 peer-reviewed publications including: The Sustainable Development of Water Resources; Water resource sustainable management: Thinking like a watershed; Chesapeake Bay: The Opportunity for Integrated Solutions, pg. 26-31. In: Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable Report; and Missouri River Basin: Need for Sustainable Management, pgs. 32-39. In: Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable Report. Contact: Dr. David Berry, Washington, DC.tel: (703) 741-0791. e-mail: davidberry@aol.com or Mr. John Wells, Minnesota Environ. Quality Bd., St. Paul, MN 55155. tel: (651) 201-2475. e-mail: john.wells@state.mn.us.

Community Sustainable Development Assistance, Lake Tahoe (CA)-Northern Nevada (September, 2006). Served as a member of a Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) for the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Communities by Design program. Conducted a week-long charrette designed to help the communities of Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Reno, and Carson City assess their strengths and weaknesses with regards to water resources, land-use, transportation, energy, and economic development. Conducted a series of workshops to develop the background on issues, seek stakeholder input on core values and important concerns for the future, and provide recommendations for the communities to proceed in a sustainable fashion. Developed a team Assessment Report that strongly recommended to the different communities that they begin to plan on a regional basis since they are very closely linked by a common watershed, transportation corridors, commerce, and labor force. Affordable housing was also a significant issue to all communities involved in the assessment. My leadership in water quality issues provided a strategic process for the involved communities into the exploration and design of Low Impact Development (LID) policies for future development guidance in the region. Contact: Mr. Peter J. Arsenault, Stantec Architecture, Inc, 2060 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Road, 2nd Floor, Rochester, NY 14623. tel: (585)413-5305. email: parsenault@stantec.com or Dr. Richard Licata, Professor of Architecture, Truckee Meadows Community College, 5250 Neil Road, Suite 301-G, Reno, Nevada 89502. tel: (775)750-8852. e-mail: rlicata@tmcc.edu.

State of Louisiana, Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, Thibodaux, LA (1993-1994). Served as the prime contractor for facilitating the development of this large program's draft Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan (CCMP). Designed and facilitated an 18-month public consultation project seeking collective input of over 100 stakeholders (citizens, scientists, businesses, and governmental representatives). Assisted investigation of environmental and socio-economic issues related to protection of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) system and deemed important in developing a comprehensive strategic plan for resource conservation and economic development. Coordinated stakeholder proposals for integrated coastal zone management in accordance with the provisions of NEPA and Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) standards. The facilitation and mediation work were especially challenging because of the adversity that existed among different stakeholders regarding property rights, environmental protection, and economic development. Conflict resolution was often the tactic required to carry this work to its successful completion of compiling a draft Plan document. Contact: Mr. Kerry St. Pe', Nicholls State Univ., Thibodaux LA 70301. tel: (800) 259-0869. e-mail: kerry@btnep.org.

Evaluation of Toxic Chemical Exposure in the Great Lakes, SUNY at Buffalo, NY (1989–91).. Served as project manager for a bi-national inquiry into the human health risk from exposure to toxic chemicals in the Canada-US Great Lakes Basin. Designed and facilitated an 18 month scientific inquiry by 85 international scientists, governmental officials, industry representatives, tribal council elders, and community group members on the topic of human health risk from exposure to toxic chemicals in the Great Lakes. Achieved inclusive stakeholder participation, designed the workshop framework, and served as lead-facilitator in the multidisciplinary assessment to identify present knowledge and make recommendations to achieve better protection of the ecosystem and human health, following NEPA guidelines and bi-lateral agreements with Canada under the Clean Water Act. Designed the public/scientific consultation process and facilitated key forums that focused upon remediating conflict and developing consensus. I edited a monograph on the results of seeking consensus among the various stakeholder groups, Human Health Risks From Chemical Exposure: The Great Lakes Ecosystem published in 1991, that still serves as a reference to the Canada-US International Joint Commission. Contact: Dr. Farrell Boyce, 10675 Madrona Dr., North Saanich, BC, V8L 5L8 Canada. tel: (250) 656-7953. e-mail: fmboyce@shaw.ca or Dr. John Vena, Social And Preventive Medicine, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208. tel: (803) 777-7333. e-mail: jvena@sc.edu. or Barry B Boyer, Professor of Law, University at Buffalo, NY 14260. tel: (716) 645-3989. e-mail: boyer@acsu.buffalo.edu.

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