Committee Membership Information

Study Title:

Review of EPA's Economic Analysis of Final Water Quality Standards for Nutrients for Lakes and Flowing Waters in Florida

Study Director:


Dr. Glen T. Daigger - (Chair)
CH2M Hill, Inc.

Glen T. Daigger (NAE) is Senior Vice President with CH2M HILL in Englewood, Colorado. He serves as Chief Wastewater Process Engineer and is responsible for wastewater process engineering on both municipal and industrial wastewater treatment projects on a firmwide basis. Dr. Daigger is the first Technical Fellow for the firm, an honor which recognizes the leadership he provides for CH2M HILL and for the profession in development and implementation of new wastewater treatment technology. He is also the Chief Technology Officer for the firm???s Civil Infrastructure Client Group, which includes the firm???s water, transportation, and operations businesses. From 1994-1996, Dr. Daigger served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Systems Engineering at Clemson University. Dr. Daigger is a registered professional engineer in the states of Indiana and Arizona, and a board certified environmental engineer. Dr. Daigger received his B.Sc.E. degree, his M.S.C.E. degree, and his Ph.D. degree, all in environmental engineering, from Purdue University.


Dr. Leonard A. Shabman - (Vice Chair)
Resources for the Future

Leonard A. Shabman is a Resident Scholar at Resources for the Future in Washington, D.C. He previously was a professor of agriculture and applied economics in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Dr. Shabman???s professional interests include economics, water resources, policy analysis, resource planning, wetlands, and pollution control. He also has served as an economic adviser to the (former) federal Water Resources Council, and as scientific advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Civil Works. Dr. Shabman is a past member of the NRC Water Science and Technology Board (WSTB) and has chaired and been a member of several National Research Council committees. Dr. Shabman received his Ph.D. degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University.


Dr. Otto C. Doering - (Vice Chair)
Purdue University

Otto C. Doering is a professor in the department of agricultural economics at Purdue University. He is a public policy specialist and has served the U.S. Department of Agriculture working on the 1977 and 1990 Farm Bills. In 1997, he was the Principal Advisor to USDA???s Natural Resources Conservation Service for implementing the 1996 Farm Bill. In 1999, he was team leader for the economic analysis of the White House???s National Hypoxia Assessment. Dr. Doering has overseas experience with the Ford Foundation and the National Academy of Sciences, primarily in Southeast Asia. He has been a Director of the American Agricultural Economics Association and Chairman of the National Public Policy Education Committee. He twice has received the AAEA???s Distinguished Policy Contribution Award, as well as its Extension Economics Teaching Award. His recent books include a book on the 1996 Farm Bill, and a book on the effects of climate change and variability on agricultural production systems. His recent publications have focused on economic linkages driving the responses to nitrogen over-enrichment, rationale of U. S. agricultural policy, and integrating biomass energy into existing energy systems. He served on the NRC Committee on the Mississippi River and the Clean Water Act. Dr. Doering received his M.S. degree in economics from the London School of Economics and his Ph.D. degree from Cornell University.


Dr. David J. Mulla
University of Minnesota, St. Paul

David J. Mulla is professor and W. E. Larson Chair for Soil and Water Resources in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate at the University of Minnesota. He is also the director of the university???s Precision Agriculture Center. Dr. Mulla???s research covers a wide variety of topics regarding agriculture, soil erosion, and water quality, including: (1) nonpoint source surface water pollution and watershed management, (2) transport and modeling of water, solutes, trace metals, and organic chemicals in soil, surface and groundwater, (3) impacts of biofuel and alternative crop production systems, (4) measurement, modeling, and management of soil erosion, (5) phosphorus and nitrogen transport in soils, (6) agricultural best management practices, (7) soil, landscape, and terrain modeling for precision conservation, and (8) field-scale variability for precision farming. In 2007 he was appointed a Founding Fellow in the University of Minnesota???s Institute on Environment. Dr. Mulla received his B.S. degree in Earth Sciences (with emphasis in geophysics) from the University of California at Riverside, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in agronomy (emphasis in soil chemistry and physics) from Purdue University.


Mr. Michael Tate
Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Michael B. Tate is the Chief of Technical Services at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Mr. Tate is a licensed professional engineer with 20+ years experience in the environmental field. His technical expertise is in water quality and wastewater permitting, with additional experience in drinking water, solid waste, and hazardous waste. He manages a section responsible for establishing and enforcing water quality standards, and wastewater permitting in Kansas. Mr. Tate received his B.S. degree in civil engineering and his M.S. in bioenvironmental engineering, both from Oklahoma State University.


Dr. Allen P. Davis
University of Maryland, College Park

Allen P. Davis is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland. Dr. Davis' research interests are in aquatic environmental chemistry. He has been working on various issues related to urban storm water quality and the concept of low impact development (LID) Dr. Davis received the 2010 A. James Clark School of Engineering Faculty Outstanding Research Award, recognizing influential research accomplishments related to urban storm water quality, its management, and the LID concept. From 2001-2010, Dr. Davis served as the director of the Maryland Water Resources Research Center. He also has served as associate editor of Chemosphere, Science for Environmental Technology (2004-2010). Dr. Davis is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award. He teaches courses in engineering sustainability, environmental process dynamics, and environmental engineering unit operations. He received his B.S. degree, his M.C.E. degree, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Delaware.


Dr. K. W. Easter
University of Minnesota, St. Paul

K. William Easter is a professor of applied economics and has been on the faculty of the University of Minnesota since 1970. One of his positions at Minnesota was serving as Director of the Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy (1999-2003). His research interests include resource economics, economic development and environmental economics, with a focus on water and land problems and resource pricing issues. Dr. Easter received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of California-Davis and his Ph.D. degree at Michigan State University.


Dr. Arturo A. Keller
University of California, Santa Barbara

Arturo A. Keller is Professor of Biogeochemistry at the Bren School at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He holds a joint appointment in Mechanical and Environmental Engineering at UCSB. His research and teaching interests focus on water quality management and the fate and transport of pollutants in the environment. Dr. Keller also was the facilitator for the award-winning Nitrogen TMDL process for the Santa Clara River. He is also well-known for his expertise in the fate and transport of pollutants, including nanoparticles, organic liquids (NAPLs), and persistent organic pollutants associated with clay particles. Dr. Keller received a B.A. degree in chemistry and a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University, an M.S. degree in civil engineering from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. degree in civil engineering from Stanford University.


Ms. LaJuana S. Wilcher
English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, L.L.P.

LaJuana S. Wilcher is a Partner with the law firm English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, L.L.P. in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Her previous positions included work with two international law firms in Washington, D.C.--Winston & Strawn (1993-1996) and LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & Mac Rae, L.L.P. (1996-2002). Ms. Wilcher served as the Assistant Administrator of Water for the United States Environmental Protection Agency from 1989 to 1993. While at the Office of Water (1989-1993), the agency promulgated new regulations addressing storm water, drinking water, biosolids (sewage sludge) and water quality standards for toxics, among other things. Ms. Wilcher helped lead EPA???s watershed protection approach and Clean Water Act section 319 nonpoint source grant program. She also led EPA???s involvement in the Exxon Valdez oil spill litigation negotiations. She received her B.S. degree in biology from Western Kentucky University, and her J.D. degree from Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University.


Dr. Kurt Stephenson
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Kurt Stephenson is an Associate Professor of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His professional objective is to better integrate economic perspectives and analysis into decision-making related to water resource issues. Dr. Stephenson is particularly interested in application of economic analysis to interdisciplinary research of policy issues. The design and implementation of market-based policies to secure environmental objectives is a primary area of study within this context. He is currently involved in determining effective strategies for reducing nutrient loads in the Opequon Watershed in Virginia and West Virginia, including evaluating the cost effectiveness and feasibility of using urban nonpoint source controls (including stormwater management) as an offset to growth in point source loads. Dr. Stephenson received his B.S. degree in economics from Radford University, his M.S. degree in agricultural economics from Virginia Tech, and his Ph.D. degree in economics from the University of Nebraska.


Dr. Wendy D. Graham
University of Florida

Wendy D. Graham is the Carl S. Swisher Eminent Scholar in Water Resources in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Florida and director of the University of Florida Water Institute. Her research is focused on coupled hydrologic-water quality-ecosystem modeling; water resources evaluation and remediation; evaluation of impacts of agricultural production on surface- and groundwater quality; and development of hydrologic indicators of ecosystem status. She has previous NRC committee experience, having served on the Committee on Seeing Into the Earth: Non-Invasive Techniques for Characterization of the Shallow Subsurface for Environmental Engineering Applications, and as a member of the third Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress. Dr. Graham received her B.S.E. degree in environmental engineering from the University of Florida and her Ph.D. degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Dr. Kevin M. Sherman
Quanics, Inc.

Kevin M. Sherman is the Director of Engineering at Quanics, Inc. in Campellsburg, Kentucky. Dr. Sherman has 24 years experience working as a researcher, regulator, educator, and designer in the onsite wastewater treatment industry. Dr. Sherman is a former president of the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association (NOWRA), From 1985-1999, he was a member of the staff at the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, working in several capacities in the epidemiology and environmental health sections. He also served as a former president of the Florida Onsite Wastewater Association. Dr. Sherman received his B.S. degree in biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, another B.S. degree (civil engineering) from Florida State University, his M.S. degree in biology from the University of South Carolina, and his Ph.D. degree in oceanography from Florida State University.


Mr. Walter L. Baker
State of Utah

Walter L. Baker is the director of the Division of Water Quality (DWQ) for the State of Utah, where he has worked for the past 26 years. He currently serves as the Vice-President of the Association of State and Interstate Water Pollution Control Adminstrators; as Chair of the Water Quality Committee of the Western States Water Council; as a member of the Utah Lake Commission; as a member of the Utah Soil Conservation Commission; and as the Executive Secretary of the Utah Water Quality Board. Mr. Baker is a licensed professional engineer and a graduate of Utah State University.


Mr. Alan H. Vicory
Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission

Alan H. Vicory serves as Executive Director and Chief Engineer for the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO), appointed to the position in May 1987. His previous responsibilities were with the Commission staff as Environmental Engineer and Manager of Technical Services which included establishment of regulatory requirements for discharges, water quality and biological monitoring systems, detection and response to spills, applied research, coordination of states and federal programs and public education and involvement. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and Board Certified in environmental engineering (water and wastewater) by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. He is Past Chairman of the Board of the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) and former Chairman of the International Water Association???s (IWA) Watershed and River Basin Management Specialist Group. He also is a Past President of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE) and the Association of State and Interstate Water Pollution Control Administrators (ASIWPCA). Mr. Vicory received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Military Institute.