Representatives from WRP agencies

The Wetland Managers Group (WMG) consists of staff members from the public agencies that make up the WRP.  The group meets on a quarterly basis to make vital decisions that guide our programmatic and project goals. They work collaboratively to identify a set of projects for the Work Plan and other activities to implement the WRP Regional Strategy. The group also facilitates inter-agency coordination and coordinates technical workshops, symposia, and conferences.

The Wetlands Managers Group also works closely with the WRP Science Advisory Panel to provide input and guidance on key scientific questions and resource management tools. Initiatives include updating the Regional Strategy, developing wetland monitoring systems including the California Rapid Assessment Method and the Integrated Wetlands Regional Assessment Program, advising on the Coastal Wetland Change Analysis, and advising on the Temporal Investigations of Marsh Ecosystems (TIME) project.

The next WMG virtual meeting will be open to the public on November 8, 2022. Agenda topics will include a report of the Directors Group Meeting, an update on the WRP Regional Monitoring Project, and mapping out WMG priorities for 2023. You can find the full agenda with the Zoom link for the meeting here.

Wetland Managers Group Members

Chairs

Chair of the Wetland Managers Group
Melissa Scianni, Environmental Protection Specialist
scianni.melissa(at)epa.gov
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Federal Partners

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Melissa Scianni, Environmental Protection Specialist
scianni.melissa(at)epa.gov

National Marine Fisheries Service
Bryant Chesney, Senior Marine Habitat Resource Specialist
Bryant.Chesney(at)noaa.gov

Natural Resource Conservation Service
Phillip Dixon, District Conservationist for Los Angeles County
Phillip.Dixon(at)ca.usda.gov

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Corice Farrar, Chief, Orange and Riverside Counties Section
Corice.J.Farrar(at)usace.army.mil
Lawrence Smith, Ecologist
Lawrence.J.Smith(at)usace.army.mil

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Jill Terp, Refuge Manager, San Diego National Wildlife Refuge
jill_terp(at)fws.gov
Carolyn Lieberman, Coastal Program Coordinator, Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office
carolyn_lieberman(at)fws.gov
Colleen Grant, Biologist, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office
colleen_grant(at)fws.gov

State Partners

California Natural Resources Agency
Maria Rodriguez, Wetlands Coordinator
maria.rodriguez(at)resources.ca.gov

California Coastal Commission
Jonna Engel, Ecologist
jengel(at)coastal.ca.gov
Kate Huckelbridge, Energy, Ocean Resources & Federal Consistency Division
kate.huckelbridge(at)coastal.ca.gov

California Environmental Protection Agency
Vacant

California Department of Fish & Wildlife
Meredith Osborne, Environmental Scientist (Botany)
meredith.osborne(at)wildlife.ca.gov

California Department of Parks & Recreation
Darren Smith, Environmental Scientist
Darren.smith(at)parks.ca.gov

Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board
Vacant

California State Coastal Conservancy
Katie Nichols, South Coast Project Manager
Katie.Nichols@scc.ca.gov

Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board
LB Nye, Chief of Regional Programs
LB.Nye(at)waterboards.ca.gov

San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board
Eric Becker, PE, Senior Water Resources Control Engineer
eric.becker(at)waterboards.ca.gov

Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board
Jason Bill, Environmental Scientist
Jason.Bill(at)waterboards.ca.gov
David Woelfel, Environmental Scientist
david.woelfel(at)waterboards.ca.gov

State Lands Commission
Wendy Hall, Special Projects Liaison
wendy.hall(at)slc.ca.gov

State Water Resources Control Board
Phillip Crader, Assistant Deputy Director for Water Quality
phillip.crader(at)waterboards.ca.gov

Wildlife Conservation Board
Don Crocker, Senior Environmental Scientist
Don.Crocker(at)wildlife.ca.gov

SANDAG
Kim Smith, Program Manager 
Kim.Smith(at)sandag.org