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Kansas State University

Plenary Presenters

Debra Ary, P.E.
Wichita Water Utilities

Ary manages the Production and Pumping Division of the City of Wichita's Public Works and Utilities, which includes the water treatment plant, certified laboratory, Hess pump station and generator facility, Cheney pump station and ozone facility, Equus Beds Well Field (EBWF), as well as the city's Equus Beds Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) project.

Ary worked in the Public Works department from 1999-2005, first as an engineering intern and later as an engineer. During that time she wrote petitions for public improvements, designed small water and sewer systems and pavement projects. In 2005 she moved out to the maintenance division as a field storm water engineer and in 2007 joined Water Utilities as a Division Engineer. Recent projects include the design and construction of the upgrades to the residuals handling facility, new generator facility, improvements to Hess pump station, electrical security upgrades, and ASR Phase II.

Ary received a bachelor's degree in music education with a minor in mathematics and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Wichita State University. She is licensed as a Civil Professional Engineer.

Brownie Wilson
Kansas Geological Survey

Brownie Wilson graduated from Kansas State University with bachelor's and master's degrees in geography in 1991 and 1993, respectively. He started with the Kansas Department of Agriculture's Division of Water Resources in 1993 as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst. In 1999, he accepted a position with the Kansas Water Office, and in 2001 moved to the Kansas Geological Survey where he holds his current appointment as the Geohydrology Section's GIS/Support Services Manager.

Eric Evenson
U.S. Geological Survey

Eric J. Evenson has been the USGS Coordinator for the National Water Census since 2008. The USGS Water Census is one of the six major themes in the Survey's Science Plan, investigating the various aspects of water availability and use.

Evenson graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a bachelor of science degree in zoology (1976) and a master of science degree in ecology (1978). He worked for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's (NJDEP) Division of Water Resources from 1979 to 1990. While working at for the NJDEP, he has served as an alternate commissioner representing the State of New Jersey on the Delaware River Basin Commission and as a member of the Management Committee of the Delaware Bay National Estuary Program.

From 1990 to 1992 Evenson worked for the environmental consulting firm of Metcalf & Eddy, Inc. He started with USGS in 1992, where he served ten years in the New Jersey District Office as the associate district chief and district chief and for six years as the regional program officer of the USGS, Northeastern Region Water Programs, prior to his current position.

Weir Labatt
Texas Water Development Board

Labatt was appointed to the Texas Water Develop¬ment Board by Governor Rick Perry in February 2002 and reappointed by Gover¬nor Perry in June 2006. He was recently selected as the chairman of the Western States Water Council, a coali¬tion of 17 western states that attempts to influence federal water policy and to maintain state primacy on water issues. He also serves on the steering committee of the Ed¬wards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Process, which is attempting to deal with endangered species issues at Comal and San Mar¬cos springs.

Labatt is the president of Labatt Manage¬ment Co., LLC, and the Bundy Ross Ranch, LLC. He cur¬rently serves on the Schreiner University Board of Trustees in Kerrville, Texas. From 1986 to 1993, he served on the San Antonio City Council. He was a director on the first elected board of the Edwards Aquifer Authority from 1996 until his appointment to the Texas Water Development Board. Labatt served as both a trustee and then executive director of the Fire and Police Pension Fund San Antonio from 1986 to 1999. He is a former chairman of the board of Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio.

Labatt holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin.