Processing Magazine

Clean Water America Alliance adds new board members

January 20, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Three new Board members will join the Clean Water America Alliance. Agriculture, energy, and water, as well as the Western United States are represented in the appointments of Dan Keppen, Executive Director of the Family Farm Alliance, Kristin Mayes, Professor/Director of Sustainability at Arizona State University Law School, and John Salo, a Senior Vice President at Brown and Caldwell. “The Alliance is as broad and diverse as the nature of water and the landscape of our country,” explains President Ben Grumbles. “It’s great to have John, Kris, and Dan on the board, adding invaluable insight on water, energy, and food and how they are all connected, from East to West.”

The Alliance was formed in 2008 as a nonprofit educational organization whose goal is to unite people and policies. A broad cross-section of interests is coming together through the Alliance to advance holistic, watershed-based approaches to water quality and quantity challenges. “We’re proud of the Alliance board’s diversity among regions, sectors, and disciplines,” says Dick Champion, Chairman of the Alliance. “Dan, Kris, and John continue that tradition and help us to bring people together to advance water sustainability.”

Below are brief bios that touch on the impressive credentials each new member will bring to their Board service for the Alliance.

Dan Keppen, Executive Director

Family Farm Alliance

Keppen has 22 years’ experience in water resources engineering, planning, policy and advocacy in the Western United States. For the past five years, he has served as executive director of the Family Farm Alliance, a non-profit organization that advocates for agricultural water users in 17 Western states, including Colorado. In that time, the Alliance has testified 27 times before Congressional committees on water and environmental issues important to Western irrigators. He is a Registered Professional Civil Engineer and holds an MS in water resources engineering from Oregon State University and a BS in petroleum engineering from the University of Wyoming.

Kristin Mayes, Professor and Director of Law & Sustainability

Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

Mayes served as Commissioner of the Arizona Corporation Commission from 2003-2010. She devoted much of her time there to pipeline safety, renewable energy and natural gas issues. Mayes now directs a new program at the Arizona State University law school focused on sustainability - teaching law students how to help utilities, governments, non-profits and other corporations address increasingly complex technology and regulations for power and water.

John Salo, Senior Vice President

Brown and Caldwell

John Salo has 40 years of environmental engineering experience and has served in leadership roles for major water and wastewater planning and design projects for utilities throughout the United States. In recent years, he has focused on utility management consulting including strategic planning, organizational and financial assessments, asset management and regulatory issues.

He is the founder and director for 10 years of BC''s business consulting practice that directs Brown and Caldwell’s services in asset management, CMOM, lifecycle cost analysis, operations services and utility optimization. John has also been a national leader on wastewater and water regulatory policy and legislative issues over the past decade; he is currently vice chair of the WEF governmental affairs committee and serves on NACWA technical committees on facility and collection systems and wet weather. He has written numerous articles and made presentations on watershed planning, competitiveness and asset management. This professional involvement keeps John on the forefront of water policy developments. John has a BS in Civil Engineering and a MS in Environmental Engineering and is a registered engineer in 12 states.