Officers

Collis Adams - Chair

Collis Adams, New Hampshire Department of Environmental ServicesCollis Adams has served as the administrator of the Wetlands Bureau at the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) for the past eighteen years.  As the administrator, he oversees all activities relative to the New Hampshire Dredge and Fill Law (NH RSA 482-A) and the Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act (NH RSA 483-B). Prior to filling that role he spent ten years with the DES Alteration of Terrain Program reviewing and permitting stormwater management plans for large scale developments. As administrator of the wetlands bureau he was instrumental in the implementation of an in-lieu fee program for wetland mitigation and then expanding that program to include streams and their riparian habitats.s.

Before coming to DES, Collis spent six years in private engineering consulting and prior to that, a five year stint with the New England Division of the Army Corps of Engineers. In 1980 Collis graduated with a BSCE degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts. Prior to UMass, Collis spent four years studying architecture at The Ohio State University and he remains an avid Buckeye fan to this day!

Collis lives in Goffstown, New Hampshire with his wife Laura. He has two children, one of each, and is particularly proud that he has instilled in them his same sense of love for the outdoors. Collis particularly enjoys spending time along the varied coastlines of New England and he is seldom seen without his yellow lab Zoë at his side.

Collis has also served on his local Board of Selectman, planning board, and Board of Directors for Goffstown Little League. 

 

Tom Harcarik – Vice Chair

Tom Harcarik, Ohio EPATom is an environmental planner with Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance where he evaluates stream and wetland protection and restoration projects under the innovative Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program that is funded through Ohio’s wastewater State Revolving Fund program. As part of his duties, Tom reviews nominations to determine which projects to fund, reviews restoration and protection plans, and oversees project implementation and post-implementation monitoring. Tom also assists communities by reviewing potential environmental impacts to streams and wetlands, threatened and endangered species, historic properties, floodplains and other environmental resources that may result from projects seeking financing through the SRF program. 

Tom started his career at Ohio EPA as a summer intern in 1985 conducting surveys of fish and macroinvertebrate communities in rivers and streams throughout Ohio. Tom has since worked for Ohio EPA for over 32 years, including 18 years in the 401 Water Quality Certification program and Wetland Ecology Group. Tom has co-authorized several Ohio EPA reports describing how wetlands may be integrated into the TMDL process and be used to reduce pollutant loadings into streams and lakes. Additionally, Tom represented Ohio EPA in civil enforcement matters and served as the technical liaison to the Attorney General’s Office. Tom received a B.S. in Conservation, with a focus on aquatic ecology, from Kent State University and completed course work in Environmental and Public Policy at the Ohio State University. Tom currently serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Association of State Wetland Managers Board of Directors. Tom is an avid backpacker, and lives by the motto, “A bad day in the field always beats a good day in the office!”

 

Amy Lounds, Secretary

Amy Louonds, Michigan Department of Environmental QualityFor the past 7 years, Amy has served as the Wetlands, Lakes and Streams Unit Chief for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Amy has primary responsibility for implementation and administration of Michigan’s Wetlands Protection and Inland Lakes and Streams laws, and Michigan’s administration of Section 404 of the federal Clean Water Act. Her duties include supervising state-wide staff in the Wetlands, Lakes and Streams Unit, ensuring compliance with federal requirements and state-federal agreements, developing program guidance for staff and the public, and resolving complex and controversial technical and policy issues. Amy has worked for the MDEQ for over 20 years and previously served as the statewide wetland policy specialist and the administrator of the wetland mitigation banking program.

Prior to working for the MDEQ, Amy worked for the Michigan Department of Transportation doing environmental reviews and permit applications for wetlands, inland lakes and streams, and floodplains. Amy has a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Michigan State University and a Maters in Landscape Architecture and Conservation Biology and Ecosystem Management from the University of Michigan. Amy currently lives in Holt Michigan with her husband and two daughters, and enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors.



Mark Biddle, Treasurer

Mark Biddle, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

A Delaware native, Mark is a lead wetland scientist with more than 25 years of experience working for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.  Currently, Mark is housed within the Watershed Assessment Section, Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program.  Mark has a wide background to draw from including involvement in Delaware’s regulatory and permitting responsibilities for tidal wetlands, subaqueous lands, 401 water quality certification, and drafting legislation and regulations for non-tidal wetlands.  More recently, Mark has kept busy working on the Delaware Wetlands Conservation Strategy, wetland restoration, compensatory mitigation and wetland banking, assessing restored wetlands for nutrient assimilation, serving as team leader for Delaware Whole Basin Management, and in various ecological and green infrastructure initiatives.  Mark has participated on statewide and regional planning groups and represents Delaware on national wetland mapping and mitigation issues.  In the last 17 years, Mark has assisted in applying, receiving and either authoring or co-authoring 15 multi-year grants for wetland projects in Delaware involving comprehensive plans, mitigation banking, best management practices, mapping techniques, watershed restoration, wetland education, assessment and monitoring.  Delaware Wetlands: Status and Changes from 1992 to 2007 is a recent report derived from a new statewide wetland mapping effort Mark completed in partnership with the National Wetlands Inventory. Mark holds degrees in Natural Resource Management and Soil and Water Management and attended both Delaware State University and the University of Delaware.  Residing in Dover, Delaware, Mark lives with his wife and two daughters.  Mark enjoys his time with the family lab Gabby, and hopes that the future holds ample time for two of his other loves, hunting and fishing.

Members At Large

 

Jill Aspinwall - New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Jill Aspinwall has worked at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection since 2001. She has a background in watershed management, education and outreach, wetlands mitigation, ecosystem restoration, and policy. For the last five years, Jill has been working in the Office of Policy Implementation assisting in the development and implementation of New Jersey’s land use regulations, including the Freshwater Wetland Protection Act Rules, Flood Hazard Area Control Act Rules, and the Coastal Zone Management Rules. Jill manages the State’s In-Lieu Fee Program and has also recently become the lead in the development and management of the New Jersey’s Mitigation Banking Program. Jill currently serves as an ex-officio member of the Board of ASWM. She has a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Studies from Washington College, and an M.S. in Environmental Science from Rutgers/NJIT.

Denise Clearwater - Maryland Department of the Environment

Denise Clearwater, Maryland Department of the EnvironmentDenise Clearwater has worked in Maryland’s wetland programs since 1986. She has a background in developing and implementing programs in wetland regulation, wetland training, and mitigation, as well as managing special projects for grants and program improvement and assisting in policy development. She has represented the Wetlands and Waterways Program in the Maryland Department of the Environment on numerous interagency work groups for regulatory, wetland monitoring, restoration, preservation and stream health and is a past co-chair of the Chesapeake Bay Program Wetland Work Group. She is also a member of the Society of Wetland Scientists. Denise has a B.S. in zoology from the University of Maryland and an M.S. in wildlife management from Frostburg State College (now University).

Edward Clements, Indiana Department of Environmental Management

Edward is employed by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management in Indianapolis, Indiana as an Environmental Engineer and has also worked for the State of Indiana, Indiana Department of Natural Resources in the capacity of Natural Resource Scientist. Edward has been involved with the underground injection control program for Class II injection wells and the Compliance and Technical Assistance Program, which provides technical compliance assistance on a wide array of environmental topics. Edward has been working for the State of Indiana since 2015. Edward has bachelors and master’s degrees in geology from Indiana University, a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Wayne State University, and a Master’s degree in management from Davenport University. Edward’s specialties include storm water management, assessment of groundwater resources, development and implementation of wetland mitigation plans as well as a diverse array of other regulated projects. Edward has 20 years of organizational leadership experience and a strong background in facilitation, training and project implementation and management. Edward is Vice Chair of the Earth Science section of the Indiana Academy of Science.

Lauren Driscoll, Washington State Department of Ecology

Lauren Driscoll, Washington State Department of EcologyLauren Driscoll is the manager of the wetlands program at the Washington State Department of Ecology, a position that she has held since 2005. She is responsible for ensuring statewide consistency in the implementation of 401 WQ certifications, technical assistance, and guidance for local wetland regulations. She is responsible for assisting and mentoring wetland technical staff statewide. She oversees the wetland compliance program and writes grants for wetland program activities. Since 2007 she has also served as the agency’s wetland policy lead doing bill analyses and legislative briefings, tracking national issues, and providing guidance on local wetland ordinances and their implementation. Lauren specializes in wetland policy and mitigation options such as wetland banks, ILF and advance mitigation.

Lauren began work at Ecology in 1998 when she was hired to develop a wetland banking rule and establish the state’s bank certification program. Before joining Ecology, Lauren worked for the Washington State Department of Transportation where she performed wetland studies on transportation projects statewide, designed mitigation sites, and participated in the development of the Washington Wetland Function Assessment model. Prior to that she worked for the two federal agencies: the US Forest Service doing trail work where she ran a pack string of mules; and the USFWS where she did Swampbuster work under the Farm Bill.

Lauren received her bachelor’s in environmental studies from the Evergreen State College where she studied ecology, botany, organic agriculture and computer sciences. Lauren and her husband live in Yelm, Washington and they have two fledging adult children along with a dog and two indoor cats (who are enjoying their new catio.) She enjoys gardening, doodling, card making, hiking and any excuse to get outside.

Timothy Rach - Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Timothy Rach,Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Timothy Rach is a Program Administrator with the State of Florida, Department of Environmental Protection in the Submerged Lands & Environmental Resources Coordination Program at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. He has been with DEP for over 22 years in various management and supervisory positions. Most of his time has been in the Environmental Resources Permitting program regulating development in wetlands and surface waters. Tim is responsible for overseeing the statewide implementation of the ERP rules and regulations within the Department, Water Management Districts and local delegated programs. He holds a BS degree in Marine Biology from Troy University and a MS degree in Ecology from Old Dominion University.

Prior to working for the state of Florida he interned with the dredge and fill section in the Norfolk District (VA) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers while he was working on his Master’s Degree.

Tim lives in Tallahassee, Florida with his wife Denise and their three kids. Tim enjoys camping, hiking, volleyball and brewing beer.