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WATERLINE - December, 2012

Help us welcome the new WALPA Board members!

Please help us welcome our new 2013 board members, elected at the recent WALPA conference in Wenatchee.

New President-elect Curt J. Carpenter

Curt is currently the General Manager of Moses Lake Irrigation and Rehabilitation District. Curt’s early background was in horticulture and he served seven years with the Moses Lake Conservation District, propagating, maintaining, harvesting, and selling all types of landscape and habitat plant species. Curt has fifteen years of service with the City of Moses Lake Engineering Division, where he reviewed construction plans and plats, and provided public utility information. During his tenure with the city, Curt was also involved with the concept design of the Third Avenue revitalization project and the design of the Dogwood Court project.

As General Manager of MLIRD, Curt has recently co-authored and overseen implementation of the Moses Lake Integrated Aquatic Vegetation Management Plan, the Moses Lake Sedimentation Plan and the Integrated Aquatic Vegetation Management Plan for the Moses Lake Watershed Grand Coulee Waterway Interagency project. Curt is a founding member of the Moses Lake Activity Trail Committee, and author and publisher of the Moses Lake Activity Trail Master Plan. Curt was also lead in acquiring a grant from the State of Washington WWRP for the Heron Trail Project. All told, Curt has been serving the public in one way or another for more than 26 years.

Newly elected Director Thomas Woolf

Thomas holds a Bachelors degree in biology from Adams State College in Colorado and a Masters in Environmental Science from Minnesota State University. Tom’s work for his Masters focused on invasive plant impacts on aquatic ecosystems. He began work as Aquatic Plant Program Manager for the Idaho State Department of Agriculture in 2007, where his projects include aquatic plant education and survey as well as Eurasian watermilfoil and hydrilla treatment. Tom also works as part of the Idaho Invasive Species Program to develop and implement invasive aquatic species survey and prevention programs throughout Idaho.

New Director Susanne E. Marten

Susanne completed analysis on the development of healthcare facilities and affordable housing projects for several governments and non-profit organizations including the City of Boston, King County, the Washington State Department of Health, multiple rural townships in eastern Pierce County, and Multicare Health Systems. More recently, Susanne worked toward her goal of a degree in Environmental/Urban Studies by completing classes in Urban Studies and Environmental Science and earning a GIS certificate. Susanne’s GIS mapping projects have included an analysis of Pierce County well water susceptibility to groundwater contamination from aged underground storage tanks. She also analyzed and mapped the probable impact to the WRIA 10 watershed of several urban annexation requests by east Pierce County cities and townships. At present, Susanne volunteers with the Pierce Conservation District and has been working with the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies on a water quality project involving a cultural exchange with Northwest and Brazilian First Nations. She enjoys working outdoors and is accomplished at communicating with a wide array of public and private organizations, municipal officials, and community groups.


December 2012 HOME

Turning Back the Clock - A Plan to Restore Lake Ketchum

Notes from the 2012 WALPA Conference (or how to have a fun time and call it work)

Help us welcome the new WALPA Board members!

2012 Scholarship winners announced

Bylaw changes approved at Wenatchee conference in October


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