03/20 - The Nebraska Water Leaders Academy

The Nebraska Water Leaders Academy has accepted its seventh and largest class to date. Nineteen men and women from across the state have been accepted into the one-year program that provides leadership training and educates participants about the vital role rivers, streams and aquifers play in the economic sustainability of the state.

Included are DeAnna Bartruff, a land administrator for the Central Nebraska Public Power & Irrigation District in Holdrege; Ben Beckman, research and extension communication specialist with the Nebraska Water Center/Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute in Lincoln; John Berge, general manager of the North Platte NRD in Scottsbluff; Andy Bishop, rainwater basin joint venture coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Grand Island; Tim Burnham, environmental health scientist with the HHS Office of Drinking Water and Environmental Health in Grand Island; 

Casey Campbell, an engineer with Ducks Unlimited, Inc., in Grand Island; Brenda Densmore, a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Lincoln; Brent Downey, vice president of Downey Drilling, Inc., in Lexington; Travis Figard, senior engineer with Olsson Associates in Lincoln; Kyle Hauschild, storm water/floodplain specialist for the Lower Platte South NRD in Lincoln; Kimberly Howell, staff assistant withthe HHS Water Well Standards programin Lincoln; Kevin Kruse, water resources department manager with JEO Consulting Group, Inc. in Lincoln;

Rick Kubat, government relations attorney with the Metropolitan Utilities District in Omaha; Don Masten, a division manager for Ag Valley Water Resources in Loomis; Ryan McIntosh, associate attorney with Mattson Ricketts Law Firm in Nebraska City; Benjamin Miller, a supervisor in the water permits division of the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality in Lincoln; John Miller, natural resources program specialist with the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources in Lincoln; Dylan Rowe, a farmer with T Rowe, Inc., in Lexington; Bret Schomer, water resources specialist with the Lower Platte North NRD in Wahoo; and Jack Wergin, projects department manager for the Upper Big Blue NRD in York.