Kenneth R. Wright, P.E., D.WRE
Founder of WWE, Ken Wright serves as Chief Financial Officer and chief engineer. His specialties include hydrology, water rights, water supply, groundwater, flood control and drainage. Ken and his wife Ruth were honored with a Joint Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin in 2011. Ken has also received the Order of Merit for Distinguished Service to the Republic of Peru, several honorary degrees and professorships and ASCE’s Distinguished Membership for his direction of paleohydrologic research at Mesa Verde National Park and at the Peruvian archaeological sites of Machu Picchu, Tipon, Moray and Ollantaytambo, Peru.
Licensed as a professional engineer in 13 states, WWE CEO and President Jon Jones is very active professionally as a speaker and writer on water resources issues (more than 100 publications); continuing engineering education instructor (roughly 40 courses); four-term chairman of ASCE’s Urban Water Resources Research Council; chairman and principal author of the ASCE/WEF Manual of Practice for the Design and Construction of Urban Stormwater Management Systems; co-principal developer of the International Stormwater BMP Database; member of the University of Colorado advisory board; and member of the board of directors of the Urban Watershed Research Institute.
Over his more than 30-year career at WWE, Jon has prepared written or verbal testimony as an expert witness approximately 75 times in judicial and administrative hearings. Jon has served on numerous advisory committees and expert panels for such organizations as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Water Quality Control Board (Los Angeles Region) on behalf of Boeing Corporation. A number of Jon’s projects have been recognized with significant regional or national awards, and he was the co-recipient of ASCE’s 2003 State-of-the-Art Civil Engineering Award and recipient of the Urban Water Resources Research Council Award for Outstanding Service in 2005.
Wayne Lorenz is a project manager and senior engineer on water and wastewater treatment, water quality, potable water systems and design and planning of treatment controls for water resources projects. Wayne is skilled at evaluating wastewater, instream and limnological water quality issues, particularly with regard to nutrients, arsenic, selenium, and uranium. Wayne has served as the national chairman of the Water Environment Federation (WEF) Nonpoint Sources of Pollution Committee and is an expert on nutrient removal technologies for wastewater and stormwater. Wayne is responsible for paleohydrologic work in Barbegal, France and Pompeii, Italy. He has spent the last ten years studying ancient Roman aqueducts and water-powered mills.
Kristine Thrush, WWE’s controller for the past eight years, is involved with every facet of WWE/WEI/WPI operations. She oversees all accounting, budgeting, personnel and administrative issues.
Patricia K. Flood, P.E., LEED AP
Patricia Flood is a Certified General Appraiser in Colorado and Arizona. In addition to valuation work, her focuses have been drainage design, water rights, water supply feasibility studies and the design and construction administration of water facilities. Patricia is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional. In 2006, Patricia Flood was named an Outstanding Woman Engineer by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado.
E. Robert Weiner, Ph.D.
An emeritus chemistry professor at DU, Bob Weiner works in the chemistry of pollution control; hazardous waste; water quality; and chemical fingerprinting to identify contaminants and their sources. He is an expert on the fate and mobility of contaminants in surface water, groundwater, and soils; sampling and analysis protocols; and data validation for extensive sampling programs. Bob is frequently asked to testify on these issues to regulatory bodies.
T. Andrew Earles, Ph.D., P.E., D WRE, CPESC
With a Ph.D. in civil engineering, Andrew Earles is WWE’s Vice President of Water Resources. Andrew is a Diplomate with the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers and a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC). He manages projects emphasizing hydrology, hydraulics, best management practices, water quality, dewatering and stormwater management.
Gary Witt is a hydrogeologist and WWE Vice President. He has been with WWE since 1990, specializing in groundwater investigations, groundwater and surface water rights, geologic hazard evaluation, well design and construction, and water supply planning. Gary has been a registered Professional Geologist in Wyoming since 1992.
Jonathan Kelly is WWE’s Glenwood Springs Office Manager and a Vice President. He is a water resources engineer with experience in water supply and water rights engineering, hydrologic analysis of groundwater and surface water systems, channel hydraulics and floodplain delineations, water quality evaluations, BMP, and sizing of stormwater facilities.
Peter R. Foster, P.E.
Durango Office Manager and Vice President Peter Foster is a senior project engineer on design and construction of water and wastewater facilities, storm drainage facilities, water supply feasibility studies, water rights analysis and environmental permitting. He was appointed by Colorado’s Governor to serve on the Boards of the Cumbres-Toltec Railroad and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe Environmental Control Commission.
William L. Lorah, P.E.
Bill Lorah has worked for WWE since 1966 as a principal and senior consultant and has worked in the Glenwood Springs branch office since 1974. He specializes in water resource planning and development in the western US and has consulted on water resource projects in several foreign countries.
Senior engineer Ian Paton specializes in stormwater quality, drainage engineering, the fate and mobility of contaminants in surface water and groundwater; environmental remediation planning; coordination with regulatory agencies; and water rights. His M.S. and B.S. degrees are in civil engineering and environmental design. Ian is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control.
Charles R. Haines
Chuck Haines’ main areas of emphasis are water rights, computer modeling and construction and drainage lawsuits. In the water rights arena Chuck performs hydrologic analyses for water supply planning and conducts water rights investigations for appraisals, augmentation plans and substitute supply plans. Chuck’s computer modeling has pertained to surface water allocation, water rights administration, simulation of reservoir operations, and groundwater flow and contamination. Chuck also analyzes the causes and cures for drainage problems in residential and commercial developments.
Jane Clary is an environmental scientist with broad writing, speaking, facilitating and technical experience within several areas of expertise. These areas are watershed management; water and stormwater quality; water resources protection, management, evaluation and regulation; database management; and water conservation. Jane is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control and a LEED Accredited Professional. She was named an “Outstanding Woman in Engineering” by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Colorado in February 2012.
David W. Foss, P.E.
Project manager and project/design engineer David Foss works on a broad spectrum of water resources management assignments. Areas of focus have been water and wastewater treatment; wetlands design; drainage evaluation, design and lawsuit investigations; flow measurement studies and investigations; utility master planning; construction administration and regulatory permitting projects.
Kurt Loptien has over 28 years experience in earthen dam reconstruction, landslide and rock fall analysis, floodplain studies, erosion and sediment control planning and CADD management and production. His experience in cartography and photogrammetry is evident in the high quality maps, drawings, details, figures, etc., he produces through CADD and graphic software media. Kurt’s specialties include exhibit creation for expert witness testimony and aerial photo interpretation for resource mapping.
Jennifer Keyes, CPESC
With an M.S. in hydrology and a B.A. in biology, Jenn Keyes works on environmental site assessments (ESAs), stormwater, best management practices, regulatory permitting, bioassessments and water quality issues including watershed management. Jenn is a CDOT Erosion Control Supervisor and a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control. She serves as the Advisory Committee member for the Mountain States Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association.
Jeffrey M. Nelson, P.E.
Design engineer Jeffrey Nelson works in surface and groundwater collection and conveyance systems, water distribution systems, wastewater collection and conveyance systems, and associated earthwork and site access design. He is also responsible for preparation of opinions of capital cost and construction phase services. Jeffrey is a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines.
Jessica Mason is a water resources engineer with experience in hydrologic analysis of surface and groundwater systems, hydraulic analysis and design, floodplain delineations, water quality sampling and evaluations, water supply and water rights engineering, stormwater management design, field instrumentation and measurement, and remote data collection.
Deborah A. Fisher, P.E., CFM
Deborah Fisher is a stormwater and floodplain engineer with extensive experience in hydrology, floodplain and master drainage analysis. She is expert in using spreadsheets for master drainage models, reports and construction plans, including the modeling of open channels, detention ponds, rooftops, underground detention and water quality features. Her projects have involved commercial, residential and institutional infrastructure, roadways and utilities.
Hayes Lenhart is a project engineer on surface water, hydrology, hydrologic modeling and hydraulics projects. He is a member of the Order of the Engineer and a peer reviewer for the ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering.
Shannon Tillack, P.E.
Shannon Tillack has performed design on numerous types of projects including a replacement sanitary sewer trunk line and a transmission pipeline and disinfection system for water supply wells. She also performs drainage study reviews for new development projects and has served as project engineer for several flooding litigation cases.
Noah Greenberg is a wetland scientist with a B.A in biology and a M.A. in ecology. He serves as a consultant on projects related to water quality, wetlands, aquatic biology, and ecological assessments.
Engineer Eliot Wong serves on projects with focus on hydrology, hydraulics, floodplain management, stormwater management, erosion and sediment control and design. Eliot assists with preparation for expert testimony and is a Certified Floodplain Manager.
Bridget Nash, E.I.T.
Bridget Nash is a water resources engineer for water rights evaluations, water supply feasibility studies, conservation planning, regulatory permitting, ditch lining design, flow measurement studies and analyses, drainage evaluations, and services during construction.
Ryan Huggins is a water resource consultant, GIS technician and a permitting and grant specialist. She works on a range of projects including water resource evaluations, water rights evaluations, federal, state and local grant applications and GIS analysis. Ryan also helps clients maintain compliance with diverse water right decree, substitute water supply plan and well permit conditions. Ryan is based in the Durango office and has been working on water resource issues in southwest Colorado for eight years.
Kyle Westendorf is a GIS Analyst with a Capstone Certificate in GIS and a B.A. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin. He performs geospatial services on water resources projects.
Rachel Small is a Civil Engineering graduate from the University of Colorado who provides support on projects related to surface water, water quality, hydrology hydraulics and regulatory permitting.
Hunter Causey, E.I.T.
Hunter Causey is a project engineer on water rights (surface water and groundwater), water quality sampling and analysis, instruments and measurements, spatial data collection and analysis, stormwater management, hydrology, hydraulics, geothermal, and environmental site assessments.
Trevor Downing is a geologist and GIS technician on geologic and hydrogeologic related projects including geologic hazard assessment, water rights analysis, water quality monitoring, mapping projects, integration of GPS derived data, and groundwater investigations. He is proficient with ArcGIS and its extensions including spatial analysis.