Watershed Monitoring and Assessment
The Watershed Monitoring and Assessment Section of the Iowa DNR - Iowa Geological and Water Survey is
responsible for the design, implementation and management of Iowa's Ambient Water Monitoring Program. The purpose of the program is to
develop and deliver consistent, unbiased information about the condition of Iowa's surface and groundwater resources so that
decisions regarding the development, management and protection of these resources may be improved.
Cam Conrad, Data Coordinator
Within the Section, Cam serves in a technical capacity by working with GIS analysis, mapping, modeling, web, and database technologies, as well as administering the Section's websites.
Also serving as a project manager, Cam coordinates the Section’s data management and dissemination efforts and strategies.
Along with working for the Iowa DNR for several years, Cam has worked in applied GIS for natural resources in the public sector in Oregon, Missouri, and Nebraska since 1999, and graduated from the University of Iowa.
Vince Evelsizer, Wetland Biologist
Vince received his bachelor of science degree in Wildlife from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in May 1997.
He then completed a graduate research project on growth limiting factors of wetland submersed plants in Delta Marsh, Manitoba, Canada for a master’s of science degree in aquatic biology from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in May 2001.
In addition to this, Vince has worked seasonal and full time field jobs in both wildlife and fisheries in Iowa, Idaho, and North Dakota before starting a job with IGS in April 2004 as a wetland monitoring biologist.
Lisa Fascher, Research Geologist
Lisa received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from The University of Iowa in 2003 and her master’s degree in Environmental Science and Water Resources from Indiana University in 2005.
While at Indiana University she worked with the Indiana Clean Lakes Program and coordinated the Indiana Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program.
Prior to joining the Section, she worked at the University Hygienic Laboratory where she was mainly involved in the ambient lake sampling program.
Jacklyn Gautsch, Natural Resource Biologist
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Jackie's primary duties include training IOWATER volunteers, coordinating volunteers and watershed groups within IOWATER and biological monitoring.
Jackie has participated in a variety of biological research projects including herpetological studies with the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, a study on caddisflies with the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, and a fish-monitoring program with the Upper Mississippi Long Term Resource Monitoring Program, the University of Wisconsin, and the IDNR.
She has also held a variety of positions with the Girl Scouts of Riverland, and joined the Section in January 2001.
She has a bachelor of science degree in biology and earth science from the University of Wisconsin.
Brandon Harland, Natural Resource Biologist
Since joining the Section, Brandon has conducted the monitoring of lakes ecosystems in fulfillment of the DNR’s Clean Water Act and other DNR lake information needs.
Brandon graduated from Iowa State University’s fisheries sciences program in 1997, and worked for the Iowa DNR’s Fisheries Bureau during that time.
In December 2003, Brandon earned a Masters degree in fisheries science at South Dakota State University by surveying the fishes and habitat of western South Dakota streams.
Prior to coming on board with the Section, he worked as a fisheries biologist for North Carolina’s Wildlife Resources Commission.
Brandon has worked in the Section since August 2004.
Rebecca Kauten, Urban Water Coordinator
Rebecca has been working on urban water quality projects in Iowa since 2004.
She currently incorporates IOWATER with education and outreach programs for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System, or MS4 communities, and watershed projects that have an urban focus.
She holds a BA in English and a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Northern Iowa. Her graduate research focused on Phase II of the Clean Water Act and municipal stormwater management programs as locally-led water quality efforts.
Prior to working with IOWATER, Rebecca was a watershed project coordinator for the Dry Run Creek project in Black Hawk County.
In 2009 she became one of only 50 Certified Professionals in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) in Iowa.
Ken Krier, Environmental Specialist
Ken joined the DNR in 1997 and transferred to his current position in 2000.
Ken's major responsibilities include: assisting with fish tissue monitoring, biological monitoring, and providing assistance for the completion of the 305(b) Water Quality report.
Other duties include participation in the stressor identification process and responding to information requests both inside and outside of the Department.
Ken has a B.A. (1993) and M.S. (1996) from the University of Northern Iowa.
Richard Langel, Research Geologist
Rick joined the Water Monitoring Section in May 2001.
He received his master's degree in geology from the University of Iowa in 1996, and began working for the Geological Survey in 1998.
He has worked on a variety of projects, ranging from working with well drillers to coordinating a watershed-monitoring program.
Rick also has a strong computer background and provides important database management skills for the program.
Jason McCurdy, Beach Monitoring / Water Lab Coordinator
Jason received his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies in Geography with a minor in Biology from the University of Iowa in August of 2006.
He began working for the Section as a student in the summer of 2005 and became a full-time employee following graduation in 2006.
Since joining the Section, Jason has worked on a number of data collection projects, focused mostly on beach monitoring.
He currently coordinates the Beach Monitoring Program and serves as the Oakdale Water Lab Manager.
Jamie Mootz, Statistical Research Analyst
Jamie joined the DNR in 1997 and began working with the Water Monitoring and Assessment section in 2000.
He received his B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Iowa State University in 1996.
His current job duties include: database development, fish kill tracking, biological assessments, and assisting with the 305(b) Water Quality report.
John Olson, Environmental Specialist Senior
John has worked for Iowa DNR since 1985. Since 1994,
he has coordinated the following: Iowa's annual fish contaminant
monitoring program, preparation of the state's biennial water quality
reports as required by Section 305(b) of the Clean Water Act, and
preparation of Iowa's lists of "impaired waters" as required by Section
303(d) of the Act. He has conducted biological assessments on many of
Iowa's wadeable streams as part of IDNR projects on stream
classification (1990-95) and development of biological criteria (1994 to
present). John represents Iowa DNR on several interstate organizations
including the Upper Mississippi River Conservation Committee and the
Upper Mississippi River Basin Association's Water Quality Task Force.
John has a bachelor of science degree in Animal Ecology from Iowa State
University (1981) with an emphasis in fisheries biology.
Lynette Seigley, Research Geologist
Lynette received her undergraduate degree in geology from the College of
Wooster in Ohio and her graduate degree, also in geology, from the University of
Iowa. She has worked as a research geologist for the IGS since 1987, on a
variety of projects addressing the impacts of nonpoint source pollution on both
surface water and groundwater. Since January 2000, Lynette has worked in
the Section and has been extensively involved in the IOWATER program.
Dr. Mary Skopec, IOWATER Coordinator and Research Geologist
Mary has worked in the IGS since 1991 and has been
involved in several projects including a statewide pesticide database to
track pesticide occurrences in Iowa's water resources. In January 2000,
she moved to the Water Monitoring Section where she helps to coordinate and
analyze data from the new Ambient Water Monitoring Program. Mary earned
her B.S. and M.A. degrees in geography from the University of Iowa, and in 1999 she
completed her Ph.D. in environmental science.
Brian Soenen, Project AWARE Coordinator
Brian began work for the Section in March 2002. He earned his bachelor's degree
in natural history interpretation in 2000 from the University of
Northern Iowa. Prior to coming to the IDNR, Brian worked as a project
interpreter for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Coralville Lake in
Johnson County. In addition to IOWATER data interpretation, Brian's
focus is the development and facilitation of IOWATER Level 2 Modules,
specifically the Water Ecology module and the Secondary Educators module.
Tom Wilton, Environmental Specialist Senior
Since joining the Department in 1990, Tom has worked on
a variety of surface water quality projects throughout Iowa. Tom
coordinated the development and implementation of stream biological
assessment methods and criteria, and helps conduct annual stream
management workshops. Other project involvements include: probabilistic
(random) survey of Iowa’s perennial rivers and streams, stressor
identification for stream biological impairments, and hydropower project
review of water quality impacts. Tom recently worked in the lake
restoration program and serves on the nutrient criteria technical
advisory committee. He is also co-chair of the DNR committee that is
developing restoration priorities for Iowa’s rivers and streams. Tom
received a B.S. (1979) degree in Agronomy from Iowa State University and
M.S. degree (1989) in Water Resources from the University of Minnesota.