Terry Leeds, PE, is the Director of KC Water for Kansas City, MO. Terry graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now the Missouri University of Science and Technology) in 1984 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. After 11 years working as a Design Professional for an engineering consulting firm, he began working for the City in December of 1995. He has held a number of positions in the department and also worked in the City’s Capital Improvements Management Office. From 2005 to 2010, he was responsible for development of the Overflow Control Plan for Kansas City and has served as Director since January 2012.
Jerry L. Wilkerson, Jr. is the Interim Director at the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSDGC). He took on this role after being the Superintendent of Administration at MSDGC. Since starting in 1993, he has been in several roles for the City of Cincinnati including Superintendent for the Public Services Department, Business Operations Manager for the Enterprise Technology Services Department, Human Resources Manager for the Engineering Division of MSDGC, and Co-Operating Budget Coordinator for the Budget & Evaluation Division. Jerry has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Florida A&M University and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Cincinnati.
Tony Parrott has been in the public utility business for thirty years. He has a degree in Communications at Georgetown College. Tony is the Executive Director of the Louisville/Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District, which serves a population of 751,000 residents in Louisville Metro. At Louisville MSD, Tony oversees a 19-year federal Consent Decree, a capital budget of $187.5M and a Strategic Business Plan through 2018 – with the goal of bringing safe, clean waterways to the community and improving the value of water as a community resource. Tony also is leading the Louisville “One Water” initiative with the Louisville Water Company.
Tony serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) representing Region 4 and is a member of the Water Agency Leaders Alliance. In 2011, Tony was named a WEF Fellow by the Water Environment Federation and was recognized by NACWA with a National Environment Achievement Award in February 2014. In 2017, Tony was appointed to the United States EPA’s Environmental Financial Advisory Board. In January 2018, under Tony’s leadership Louisville MSD won the NACWA Public Information & Education Award for the Louisville Community Conversation Video.
Chris Pomeroy dedicates his practice to advising and representing owners, operators and developers of water and other types of regulated infrastructure, including water supplies, treatment facilities, pipelines, and water distribution, wastewater collection and stormwater drainage systems. He also serves as general counsel to the Virginia and Maryland Associations of Municipal Wastewater Agencies, the Virginia and Maryland Municipal Stormwater Associations, and a 106-facility water quality trading consortium known as the Virginia Nutrient Credit Exchange Association.
Chris has advised clients on hundreds of environmental permits, consent orders and decrees, rulemakings, legislation, and other regulatory and legal actions under the Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and other environmental laws and regulations, leading Chambers USA to recognize Chris as a 'great choice for permitting and enforcement defense' and as 'an expert in the Clean Water Act' in America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2010). Chris also has extensive experience with general utility matters such as water and wastewater service agreements, local ordinance development, ratemaking, and other aspects of utility law.
In addition to his counseling practice, over the years Chris has successfully argued several prominent federal Clean Water Act cases resulting in important national precedents, including Piney Run Preservation Assn. v. Carroll County, Maryland (4th Cir. 2001) (leading case on the NPDES permit shield protecting permittees from citizen suit enforcement); Virginia DOT & Fairfax County v. U.S. EPA (E.D. Virginia, 2012) (overturning EPA’s first TMDL regulating water flow rather than pollutants); and American Farm Bureau Federation v. U.S. EPA (3rd Cir. 2015) (upholding the Chesapeake Bay TMDL for Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Sediment and its holistic watershed approach to water quality protection including nonpoint source participation).
Relevant to his Wet Weather Partnership conference presentation, Chris has advised and represented numerous Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) owners on next generation MS4 permits, EPA inspections and enforcement actions, post-construction stormwater management regulation, stormwater utility fee systems, and nutrient and sediment credit trading. He is lead counsel to MS4s in Maryland and Massachusetts that are appealing their MS4 NPDES permits on Beyond Maximum Extent Practicable grounds. Chris is also lead counsel of for a Delaware city in the pending stormwater utility fee non-payment case of City of Wilmington v. United States in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
Chris earned his B.S. in Biology from Fairfield University (Conn.) in 1992, and his J.D. from George Washington University Law School (D.C.) in 1996. He co-founded AquaLaw in 2002.
Jeff Eger is HDR’s Stormwater Business Class Director. In this role, Jeff regularly manages key elements of HDR’s largest and most complex stormwater master plans, and ensures that our clients and their stakeholders benefit from the process. He is a nationally recognized leader in utility management who has been on the forefront of innovative practices throughout his 23 year career in the industry. Jeff spent 17 years as the Executive Director of Sanitation District No.1 of Northern Kentucky. In that role he led the successful merger and consolidation of 34 local governments sanitary and storm sewer systems. Jeff developed and implemented a regional stormwater management program to comply with U.S. EPA’s regulations. He also negotiated an integrated watershed based Federal Consent Decree which was cited as a model by a former EPA official and was the first Integrated Plan in the country. He developed a regional facilities plan for the three county service area. The plan resulted in the construction of two new water reclamation facilities, a seven mile conveyance/storage tunnel, and the development of a new storm water management plan for the region. Total physical assets under his responsibility were $1 billion.
F. Paul Calamita
Paul Calamita has practiced environmental law for 25 years. He is first and foremost an environmental counselor and negotiator. He has considerable national experience advising businesses and local governments in all major facets of the Clean and Safe Drinking Water Act and environmental compliance in general.
He has helped his clients to negotiate some of the leading permits, orders, decrees, as well as a wide range of other environmental and utility-related agreements. Paul also has handled a wide range of administrative and judicial proceedings and has successfully lobbied state and federal agencies and legislatures on environmental and funding-related matters.
Tim received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Bluffton University and his MBA in Sustainable Business from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco in 2009. After a career in sustainable investment management, Tim became a cleantech entrepreneur and venture capitalist, focusing on water and renewable energy technologies. Tim joined EmNet in 2013 to expand the company's reach and impact by building partnerships with municipal utilities and their consultants. Tim leads the company’s strategic vision for growth and client relationship development.
Ms. Tao has 20 years of experience in the fields of wastewater, water resources, water quality and environment. She specializes in the evaluation and optimization of wastewater systems for the control of overflows and flood mitigation. As a project manager and technical advisor, she is very much engaged in understanding client needs with respect to wet weather management, operation and maintenance issues, flood warning and relief, and technical innovations. She is currently the president of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association.
Joseph D. Jaco, P.E.
Joey is the Director of Utilities for Columbia Water. Columbia Water is the drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utility owned and operated by the City of Columbia, SC. In this position he is responsible for the overall management of the water and wastewater operation and maintenance divisions, as well as, the Cleanwater 2020 program. Previously he worked for B.P. Barber and Associates, Inc. as a Senior Project Engineer responsible for design and project management in all areas of civil engineering with emphasis on water distribution planning and design, sewer system planning and design, structural analysis and design, and construction administration. He is a professional engineer in the state of South Carolina. He graduated with a bachelor of science in engineering degree and master of engineering degree from the University of South Carolina.
Andrew Clements is the Director of Public Works & Transportation for St. Joseph, MO, and is a graduate of Missouri Western State University. He previously served as the CSO Program Manager since 2004 and has managed the first five major CSO projects under a 2010 Administrative Order on Consent.
Jeremiah Johnson is General Manager of the Beckley Sanitary Board in Beckley, WV. He oversees the wastewater and stormwater utilities serving the Beckley area. During his tenure at BSB, the organization has received awards from WV DEP and National Association of Clean Water Agencies. Mr. Johnson has a Masters of Environmental Management in Water Resources from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and an undergraduate degree in biology from Emory & Henry College. He has been employed by Beckley Sanitary Board for 12 years and previously worked in private consulting. He currently serves as President of the WV Water Environment Assn. Mr. Johnson is a serves on boards for many different organizations including the New River Conservancy, Piney Creek Watershed Association, Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority and Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce.
John Trypus is the Director of the Underground Engineering and Construction Team at Citizens Energy Group in Indianapolis, Indiana. John has over 20 years of experience in planning, design and construction of utility projects. In his role within Citizens, he oversees capital work associated with the water distribution and wastewater collections systems, as well as Citizens’ DigIndy Tunnel Program.
Mr. Wilber has spent his career working for municipal clients with water, wastewater and stormwater engineering service’s needs. In the permitting area, he has assisted cities in developing and implementing permitting strategies to minimize exposure to enforcement while protecting the environment in the area of wet weather, toxics, nutrients, bioslids, bacteriological issues and more. He is a registered Professional Engineer in 12 states.
Mr. Wilber served as Chair of the Water Environment Federation Regulatory Committee on Wet Weather Water Quality Standards, Technical Advisor to the Wet Weather Partnership, Past Chairman of the ASCE Environmental Engineering Division Professional Coordination Committee, Past Chairman Chesapeake Water Pollution Control Association Government Affairs Committee, a member of the Water Environment Federation CSO Task Force and leader for Water Quality 2000's Developed Urban Area Runoff Solutions Challenge Group. He also served on the United States Environmental Protection Agency Federal Advisory Committee for wet weather flows and water quality standards. He is a recipient of the Hammer Award form Vice-President Al Gore for his involvement in development of EPA's National CSO Policy and its guidance documents. He also participated on the FACA on wet weather water quality standards and uses. In addition to serving his clients as an independent consultant, he is currently serving on the Fairfax County Wetlands Board and the Environmental Quality Advisory Committee to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
MaryLynn Lodor is a Deputy Director for the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSDGC) and has been at MSD for 9 years. As Deputy Director MaryLynn focuses on regulatory compliance strategies and operations that facilitate efficiencies and process improvement goals at MSD of Greater Cincinnati. MaryLynn is intimately involved in the District’s consent decree efforts. One of her most notable accomplishments has been the development and approval of the LMCPR – Lower Mill Creek Partial Remedy and signature project of the Lick Run Project, of which is currently in construction.
Previously, MaryLynn worked for Butler County Environmental Services for 14 years holding positions of Division Head, Regulatory Compliance Manager and Staff Environmentalist. Prior to Butler County, Marylynn worked at the Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) and New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG).
MaryLynn has worked in the water and wastewater field for over 20 years. She obtained a Master of Science degree in Environmental Management and Policy from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York, Oswego – as well as started her collegiate career at SUNY Morrisville and Delhi in Upstate New York.
Louis L. McMahon is a partner at McMahon DeGulis LLP, Ohio’s largest environmental law firm. Lou has extensive experience with environmental issues relating to water law litigation and Clean Water Act compliance. He advises local governments regarding EPA compliance and integrated planning of capital investments with other community objectives such as economic development, brownfield redevelopment and greening impervious areas. He recently litigated a dispute related to the disposal of dredged sediments in Lake Erie. Lou also has experience with environmental issues relating to water law litigation, the Great Lakes, brownfields redevelopment, and other environmental regulatory and legislative matters. Lou was named Best Lawyers 2018 Environmental Lawyer of the Year in Cleveland, Ohio. He has been nationally recognized by Best Lawyers for Environmental Law, Environmental Litigation, and Water Law and has been named by Chambers USA as a leading practitioner in Environmental Law in Ohio since 2004.
Jeff Scarano is a licensed environmental engineer with 18 years of experience in municipal wastewater and stormwater design and management. During his career, he has worked as a regulator, owner and consultant. He has managed the City of Lynchburg’s combined sewer overflow program and helped establish their stormwater utility, managed the state of New Mexico’s surface water quality monitoring and standards program, and helped develop HRSD’s Integrated Plan for SWIFT and SSO elimination. He is currently an Interceptor Engineer with HRSD in Virginia Beach, VA. He has a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering from UC California Davis and a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from Duke University. When he’s not working, he can be found walking the dogs with his wife, working in the yard or kayak fishing.
Seth Charde, PLA, LEED AP, is the Program Manager for Green Infrastructure Construction at the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water). Seth has been implementing DC Water’s green infrastructure program for combined sewer overflow control under the DC Clean Rivers Project since 2013. Prior to joining DC Water, Seth was the Environmental Planner for the University of Maryland where his work included master planning and site planning for watershed restoration and stormwater management projects. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, Seth worked in the private sector in planning and landscape architecture. Seth holds an MBA from the University of Maryland, and an MA in sustainable land use planning and design from the Conway School.
As the Manager of Sustainability for the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority, James is responsible for integrating sustainability principles throughout Authority operations; ensuring that the PWSA's sustainability efforts enhance economic performance, environmental conservation, and community engagement. He is tasked with increasing the use of energy efficient products and engineering practices moving the Authority to embrace innovative and sustainable approaches such as variable drives for pump motors and the exploration of hydroelectric power generation. Recently, his efforts have focused on implementing watershed-wide strategies to promote green infrastructure practices for stormwater management throughout the City of Pittsburgh. He was appointed to the City of Pittsburgh Shade Tree Commission by Mayor Bill Peduto, and he serves as President of the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association’s Board of Directors. James received a MS in Sustainable Systems from Slippery Rock University, and has a BA in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh.
Brian Stone is an attorney for The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) and specializes in real estate and environmental law. Brian was formerly a partner with Thompson Coburn LLP in St. Louis, Missouri and joined MSD in January 2015. With over 15 years of legal experience, his practice focuses on such matters as environmental compliance, regulatory enforcement, eminent domain, inverse condemnation, property acquisitions, contract disputes, and a variety of other related matters. Brian is a graduate of the University of Iowa (B.A., Secondary Education and Sociology) and the University of Iowa College of Law (J.D., with distinction) and is a member of the Missouri and Illinois Bar.
Amanda Waters is General Counsel for the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). Founded in 1970, NACWA is the nation’s recognized leader in regulatory, legislative and legal advocacy on the full spectrum of clean water issues. NACWA represents public clean water agencies of all sizes nationwide to help build a strong and sustainable clean water future.
Amanda manages NACWA’s litigation portfolio and implements the Association’s legal advocacy initiatives. She was previously General Counsel & Director of Public Advocacy & Outreach for the Water Environment Federation, as well as Deputy Executive Director & General Counsel for Sanitation District No. 1 of Northern Kentucky. She has also served as Deputy General Counsel for the State of Kentucky Environmental & Public Protection Cabinet and as a staff attorney with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. She began her legal career as a staff attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper. She received a law degree and Certificate of Environmental Law from Pace University and a BS in biology from Eastern Kentucky University.
Srini Vallabhaneni is a Vice President of Stantec. He is the Global Practice Leader for Wet Weather and Stormwater Sector – in this role, Srini is responsible for the global practice leading: innovation, best-practice development, knowledge management and delivery of strategic projects and programs. He has over 30 years of comprehensive experience in water, wastewater and stormwater management programs. Srini led USEPA works in developing the methodologies and tools for I/I management and SSO control. Srini is an active member of WEF’s Collection Systems Committee. He is recently appointed by WEF as the Vice Chair of the Collection Systems Committee with a four-year leadership commitment. For the past five years, Srini was the Chair & Vice Chair of the Infiltration and Inflow Technical Practice Group. During these years, he was part of many industry knowledge sessions on I/I reduction.
Will Martin is a senior principal engineer in Hazen and Sawyer's Cincinnati office. He has approximately 6 years of experience in design, operation, and construction of water and wastewater facilities and an additional 6 years experience in compliance and regulatory reporting for industrial pretreatment facilities. His areas of focus include wastewater plant hydraulic and process modeling, wastewater plant energy management, and industrial pretreatment.