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.
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.
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.
Kindra Greentree has been working with the City of Arvada's Water Quality section since 2014. Much to her excitement, she has quickly advanced from being an intern, to Water Quality Analyst to her recent promotion as Water Quality Administrator. Having always been an environmental advocate, she has worked/volunteered with many nonprofit environmental conservation groups over the past decade and continues to dedicate her time and energy towards preserving our natural wonders. She has been an active member of CLRMA for 5 years and loves working with such an innovative group of water professionals. Growing up in the Midwest, Kindra has experienced firsthand the dangers our watersheds face, creating an inspiration within her to help protect those waters. She has always had a passion for the outdoors, which is what inspired her to complete her undergraduate degree in Environmental Sciences, with an emphasis in Water Quality Management from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She enjoys spending time hiking with her dog Mags, floating on the rapids and soaking up minerals from nearby hot springs. Kindra currently lives in Arvada and is grateful to have the opportunity to work with her community and ensure access to clean and safe water.
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.
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.
I graduated from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, in 1999. My first job was as an intern on Oswego Lake (Portland, Oregon). The Oswego Lake internship allowed me to get hands-on experience with alum, hypolimnetic aeration, fish screens, and herbicide treatment for Brazilian Elodea. After 3 years of being the Oswego lake manager, I moved to Denver, Colorado to work for Metro Wastewater Reclamation District. This career move allowed me to focus on more than one reservoir and to become more familiar with water quality regulations that affect lakes and reservoirs. I monitor and help manage Barr Lake and Milton Reservoir. Over the years, I have been involved with the Indiana Lake Management Society, Oregon Lake Association, CLRMA, and NALMS. I am a past president and secretary of CLRMA and started the Colorado Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program. I'm happy to be serving CLRMA again on the Board of Directors.
I am an aquatic ecologist with GEI Consultants and specialize in the field of limnology. I was born and raised in Aurora, Colorado and after short periods (5-6 yrs) in Lubbock, Texas and Bozeman, Montana, my family returned to Colorado. I have always stayed close to the Rocky Mountain Region. As a research scientist, I had the opportunity to study biological responses to nutrients in a variety of water body types from the ephemeral playas of west Texas to the perennial ice-covered lakes of Antarctica. More recently as a consultant, my focus has been on the regulatory and compliance aspect of water quality issues in Colorado. I currently monitor and help manage Cherry Creek Reservoir for the Cherry Creek Basin Water Quality Authority, and have also worked on Chatfield Reservoir with the Chatfield Watershed Authority.
My wife, Michele, and our two boys, Caleb and Jacob, thoroughly enjoy the outdoor activities that the Rocky Mountains have to offer. One of our favorite places in Colorado is the Grand Mesa, near Grand Junction, which offers over 300 lakes to enjoy. I look forward to serving CLRMA and promoting the preservation and management of lakes and reservoirs in Colorado.
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 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.
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.
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.