Colorado Lake & Reservoir Management Association
Photo credit – Cindy Brady, Lake Dillon

About CLRMA

Caring for Colorado's Lakes and Reservoirs
CLRMA and its members work to manage, study, restore, and protect lakes and reservoirs across the state.
A Forum for Water Education & Information Sharing
CLRMA provides a forum for sharing information and experience on water quality, aquatic ecosystem health, watershed protection and resilience, and legal and financial aspects of lake management.
CLRMA Events
CLRMA hosts two annual luncheons, lake outings, and group events. Come out for networking, information sharing, and advertising water-related job opportunities!

CLRMA Board members are elected on an annual cycle and we'd love to have you join the team! Board members meet 3-4 times per year to organize two one-day conferences, workshops, lake appreciation events, and family-oriented social events.

Contact CLRMA to learn more about how you can get involved.

Board of Directors

Kate Dunlap
Kate Dunlap
President

Kate Dunlap is the Source Water Quality Program Manager for the City of Boulder. To protect and preserve the city's source water quality, she collaborates across sectors, analyzes environmental data, and communicates results to inform special projects and policies, and educates staff and customers about their drinking water. Prior to joining the city, Kate worked in the private sector on water resource management and lake restoration projects across the country. Kate and her family enjoy spending time outdoors and doing puzzles.

Trea Nance
Trea Nance
President Elect

Trea Nance received her B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Nevada, Reno (2012), where she studied benthic invertebrates in Lake Tahoe. She received her M.S. in Natural Resources (emphasis: Limnology), from the University of Idaho (2015). Her Master's Thesis research involved calculating a phosphorus and sediment mass balance for Fernan Lake, a small lake suffering from frequent harmful algal blooms. Throughout her graduate research, she had the opportunity to work closely with landowners, educating them about limnology and gaining insights into the history of Fernan Lake. Trea is currently a Chemist for the City of Westminster, working on source water and drinking water quality.

Al Polonsky
Al Polonsky
Past President

Al Polonsky grew up in Denver where he developed a preference for the outdoors and ecological aspects of life. After graduation from Colorado State University with a BS in Wildlife Biology, Al “wildlife biology’ed” in South Dakota and Missouri where had the opportunity to work as a tech on water quality issues. Back to CSU for a MS working on wetland ecotoxicology. Worked with the state and in consulting a bit and eventually scored a position working on surface water quality and macroinvertebrates with the City and County of Denver, right back where he started. Al’s wife and daughter share their Denver home with a dog and two cats.

Pamela Benskin
Pamela Benskin
Secretary

Pamela Benskin is currently a Senior Laboratory Analyst with the City of Aurora Water Quality Control Laboratory, where she has worked for 27 years. Her work at Aurora Water focuses primarily on source water monitoring, analysis & management as well as on providing support to the operations group in optimizing treatment around source water quality changes. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry from the University of Colorado, Denver.

Cindy Brady
Cindy Brady
Treasurer

Cindy Brady has worked in the Raw Water Operations Section at Denver Water for the past fifteen years. She is involved in the day to day water management of the raw water system of Denver Water, focusing on its West Slope storage reservoirs. She was previously on the CLRMA board between 2007 and 2017 and holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Colorado State University. In her free time she enjoys skiing, hiking and gardening.

Steve Lundt
Steve Lundt
Director at large

Steve Lundt graduated from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, in 1999. His first job was as an intern on Oswego Lake (Portland, Oregon), which allowed him to get hands-on experience with alum, hypolimnetic aeration, fish screens, and herbicide treatment for Brazilian Elodea. After 3 years he moved to Denver to work for Metro Wastewater Reclamation District. This career move allowed him to focus on more than one reservoir and to become more familiar with water quality regulations that affect lakes and reservoirs. He monitors and helps manage Barr Lake and Milton Reservoir. Over the years, he has been involved with the Indiana Lake Management Society, Oregon Lake Association, CLRMA, and NALMS.

Sarah Erickson
Sarah Erickson
West Slope Director

Sarah Erickson received her B.S. in Marine Biology from Florida Institute of Technology and started her career with the State of Florida. In Florida, she performed fisheries monitoring duties and coordinated the water sampling program at the Charlotte Harbor Field Lab. Sarah moved back to her home state of Colorado in 2014. Due to a distinct lack of marine biology jobs in Colorado, Sarah went back to school for an M.S. in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver. Sarah is currently in CDPHE’s Water Quality Control Division. She now spends her days with all thing’s lakes – routine lake and HAB sampling in summer, and lake data management and assessment in winter. Sarah is happy driving a boat during the summers and is enjoying the transition from seagrass flats to mountain lakes. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, volunteering for an animal rescue, and hanging out with her pet rabbits.

Craig Wolf
Craig Wolf
Director

Craig Wolf is an aquatic ecologist with GEI Consultants and specialize in the field of limnology. He was born and raised in Aurora and after short periods in Texas and Montana, his family returned to Colorado. As a research scientist, he has had the opportunity to study biological responses to nutrients in a variety of waterbody types from the ephemeral playas of west Texas to the perennial ice-covered lakes of Antarctica. More recently as a consultant, his focus has been on the regulatory and compliance aspect of water quality issues in Colorado. His wife and two boys thoroughly enjoy the outdoor activities that the Rocky Mountains have to offer. One of their favorite places is the Grand Mesa, near Grand Junction, which offers over 300 lakes to enjoy.

Andy Cross
Andy Cross
Director

Andy Cross navigated a meandering path to Westminster's Water Quality Department, with stops at CU Boulder in the late 1980s, working as a Master Brewer installing brewing systems and creating beer recipes across the U.S., and finally resettling in Boulder. In the late 1990s he started working as a Plant Operator working on optimization projects for the City of Boulder. Andy moved to a Water Resources position in Westminster in 2001. At Westminster, he has set up a Profiler on Standley Lake, built multiple continuous monitoring stations, and is involved in a variety of watershed protection efforts.

Caleb Owen
Caleb Owen
Director

Caleb Owen has been a Water Quality Analyst with the city of Thornton for the past five years. He has a B.S. in Chemistry from Colorado School of Mines with an Area of Special Interest in Environmental Science and Engineering. At Thornton, he analyzes surface and drinking waters for inorganic, organic and microbiological contaminants. He loves ensuring residents have access to safe drinking water, protecting the environment, and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. In his free time, he enjoys backpacking, peak-bagging, and skiing with his wife and cuddling up with a good book with his two cats.

CLRMA Committees

To keep CLRMA running and providing great services to the membership, there are several one-person committees that you can participate in. Contact the Board at ColoradoLRMA@gmail.com for details.