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 monthly 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 Ecoystems (TIME) project.

The next WMG in-person meeting will be on September 4, 2019. This meeting will be open to the public. Agenda topics will include: discussion of 2019/2020 Work Plan projects. If you would like provide comments on the topics ahead of the meeting, please submit them to Evyan Borgnis Sloane by email.


Wetland Managers Group Members


Chair of the Wetland Managers Group
Melissa Scianni, Environmental Protection Specialist
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Vice Chair of the Wetland Managers Group
Chris Potter, Wetlands Coordinator
California Natural Resources Agency

Federal Partners

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Melissa Scianni, Environmental Protection Specialist

National Marine Fisheries Service
Bryant Chesney, Senior Marine Habitat Resource Specialist

Natural Resource Conservation Service
Phillip Dixon, District Conservationist for Los Angeles County

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Corice Farrar, Chief, Orange and Riverside Counties Section
Lawrence Smith, Ecologist

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Jill Terp, Refuge Manager, San Diego National Wildlife Refuge
Carolyn Lieberman, Coastal Program Coordinator, Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office

State Partners

California Natural Resources Agency
Chris Potter, Wetlands Coordinator

California Coastal Commission
Jonna Engel, Ecologist
Gabe Buhr, Coastal Program Manager
Kate Huckelbridge, Energy, Ocean Resources & Federal Consistency Division

California Environmental Protection Agency

California Department of Fish & Wildlife
Gail Sevrens, Environmental Program Manager

California Department of Parks & Recreation
Darren Smith, Environmental Scientist

Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board

California State Coastal Conservancy
Greg Gauthier, South Coast Project Manager

Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board
Shirley Birosik, Senior Environmental Scientist 

San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board
Eric Becker, PE, Senior Water Resources Control Engineer

Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board
Jason Bill, Environmental Scientist

State Lands Commission
Wendy Hall, Special Projects Liaison

State Water Resources Control Board
Phillip Crader, Assistant Deputy Director for Water Quality

Wildlife Conservation Board
Don Crocker, Public Land Management Specialist 

Kim Smith, Program Manager