Ken Norton, Chair of the National Tribal Water Council, is an enrolled member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe, and serves as the Director of the Hoopa Valley Tribal Environmental Protection Agency. Ken has expertise in water quality and the development of water quality standards. He is also a fisheries expert, understanding the water quality needs of healthy salmon and other river life, and experienced in watershed restoration. As TEPA Director, Ken oversees an array of Tribal water programs, as well as other tribal environmental programs (such as superfund, brownfields, air, pesticides, lead and solid waste). Between 2004 and 2009, Ken served as the Vice-Chair of the National Tribal Operations Committee and as the NTOC Tribal Caucus Lead for Water Issues. Ken can be reached by e-mail at


Michael Bolt, Vice-Chair of the National Tribal Water Council, has served as Tribal Water Quality Section Supervisor for the Eastern Band of Cherokee for 11 years, following employment with Western Carolina University. He is responsible for the Tribe’s §106 water quality standards program, monitoring and reporting for biological assessment, and is engaged in community education and outreach.  Michael is also responsible for the Tribe’s NPDES permit monitoring and reporting, and the maintenance of the Tribe’s certified lab. In the past year, he has taken USEPA training courses in NPDES compliance inspections and NPDES permit writing. He is state- and Tribally-licensed as a water/wastewater operator and laboratory analyst, and is certified for wastewater residuals land application and wastewater spray irrigation. He represents the Eastern Band of Cherokee in hydropower re-licensing matters, including the Nantahala and Tuckasegee Cooperative Stakeholder Teams, and the Cheoah and Tallassee Fund Boards. Michael represents the NTWC on the Mississippi/Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force and is a former member of the National EPA-Tribal Science Council. Michael can be reached by e-mail at


Daniel Kusnierz, Water Resources Program Manager for the Penobscot Nation, has served the Nation for twenty years, developing an understanding of the cultural importance of the Penobscot River to the Nation while refining his own technical skills. He has developed a watershed-wide water quality monitoring program with more than 95 weekly-sampling locations, set up a laboratory, and conducted investigations of toxic contaminants (including dioxins, furans, PCBs and mercury), and their impact on the aquatic environment. His expertise also includes investigations of algal blooms and nutrients, dam removal, bio-monitoring using aquatic insects, and assessing and controlling non-point source pollution and biological/ecological assessment of wetlands. Daniel uses the water quality data for permitting, licensing and affecting policy change. Daniel can be reached by e-mail at


René Rickard serves as the Tuscarora Administrator for the Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force (HETF). She is responsible for contributing to a culturally-based environmental protection process that is consistent with traditional Haudenosaunee values. Her expertise lies in the areas of water quality and solid waste. René is known for her innovative and creative skills in planning, developing and addressing the environmental concerns of the Tuscarora Nation, and for her excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including her ability to build consensus. René can be reached by e-mail at


Nancy Schuldt serves as the Fond du Lac Water Projects Coordinator. She developed the Band’s water quality standards and monitoring program. She has directed research into fish contaminants and sediment chemistry to characterize mercury impacts to Fond du Lac Band members, collaborated on research into wild rice ecology and toxicity, as well as watershed hydrologic modeling to inform management and restoration efforts. She participates in numerous local, regional, and binational working groups to ensure the tribal perspective is represented, and initiated a cooperative wastewater management project with the non-tribal community to protect Big Lake, a heavily developed lake on the Reservation. She initiated the tribe’s nonpoint source management program, and leads the Band’s environmental review of mining and energy industry impacts to trust resources. Nancy can be reached by e-mail at


Micco Emarthla is the Water Quality Specialist for the Seneca-Cayuga Nation for the past 8 years and is their newly appointed Tribal Historic Preservation Officer and Cultural Director. He has built the Nation’s Water Quality program from a very humble beginning into one of the most advanced Tribal programs in Region 6. Other Tribes in the Region seek out his assistance for water monitoring and Clean Water Act Section 106 programs. He has helped many Tribes get their water programs up and running. He does field data collection, laboratory testing, data analysis, and subsequent reports. He also has assisted in other Environmental Department programs from recycling to becoming a certified lead-based paint inspector.

His critical thinking and creativity led to his appointment to chair a subcommittee of the Region 6 Tribal Operations Committee to develop an electronic reporting tool to standardize and streamline water quality data reporting to EPA. He originated the tool resulting in a successful proposal to the Region 6 RTOC and EPA officials. Micco can be reached by e-mail at


Denise Jensen has served as the Water Quality Specialist for the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska for 9 years. She was born in Sioux City, Iowa, currently resides in Iowa, and has one son.  Denise was enlisted in the Army Reserves for 12 years and served in Desert Storm.  She has an Associates Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology and a Bachelors Degree in Biology with a Minor in Political Science.  Accomplishments include the preparation of the Tribe’s Quality Assurance Project Plan for the Chemical Assessment of Surface Water, Fish Tissue and Sediments, the Quality Assurance Project Plan for the Physical and Biological Assessment of Surface Water and the Quality Assurance Project Plan for Ground Water/Domestic Drinking Water Well Assessment.  Denise has established an extensive surface water monitoring program, generating physical, chemical and biological data, conducted fish tissue collection from several recreational fishing bodies and monitored individual domestic drinking water wells on the Winnebago Reservation.  She also serves as a Tribal Representative on the National EPA-Tribal Science Council and State and Tribal Climate Change Council in her region. Denise can be reached by e-mail at


Following graduating with a BS in Environmental Science in 2005, Colin worked for a consulting hydrogeology firm characterizing and remediating mining impacts. Employed with the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in the southwest since 2007 Colin is leading the Tribes Clean Water Act 106 Monitoring and Assessment Program and is actively working on complex projects to protect water resources in relation to energy development. We have tribally adopted and federally approved water quality standards and I’m currently working on a Triennial revision. Protection of groundwater resources is my main passion and conducting monitoring and assessment to establish baseline and detect impacts as well as regulatory development and analysis to protect the environment from issues related to uranium mining and oil and gas development (including hydraulic fracturing) are the areas where I devote most of my time- please feel free to contact me anytime with any questions or to discuss strategy. Colin can be reached by e-mail at


Eric Morrison is currently the Environmental Manager for the Douglas Indian Association. His academic background is a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Washington and a Juris Doctorate from the University of New Mexico. Eric can be reached by e-mail at


Alex Cabillo, an enrolled Hualapai Tribal member, has a Bachelor or Arts degree in Psychology from Cal State Sacramento. Alex served as a Tribal Council member for four years. Past employment includes U.S. Marine Corps Military Police, Correctional Officer, Police Officer, and Public Works Director for the Hualapai Tribe with management and oversight of the municipal water and wastewater systems. Alex has worked on Hualapai water resource preservation and conservation issues for over a decade. He currently serves the Hualapai Tribe as Manager of the Water Resource Program within the Department of Natural Resources, supervising three staff employees. Alex and his staff are responsible for monitoring groundwater and surface water, wellhead protection and wetlands with a focus of no net loss of wetland acreage. A major area of concern is climate change (drought) in his arid southwest homeland, and adaptation to climate change is a primary focus. Alex can be reached by e-mail at


Phillip Cernera has worked almost 30 years in the technical/scientific/legal field of water-related issues in Indian Country. Early in his Tribal career, he evaluated Salmon life history and habitat in an effort to best understand how to restore fisheries habitat severely impacted by mining in the Salmon River drainage. His work included fisheries evaluations, water quality analysis, and environmental engineering and restoration. He has been intimately involved in a FERC hydro-relicensing process for more than 10 years. As Manager of the Coeur d’Alene Tribes Natural Resource Damages Assessment project, the largest NRDA in the nation, Phillip managed/participated in over 30 studies regarding mining impacts on groundwater, surface water, fish, wildlife, vegetation, soils and sediment, and other biota, including a Tribal human health assessment. He also managed the development of evidence necessary for NRDA litigation. As the Director of the Tribes Lake Management Department, he oversees the work of highly qualified staff. He has also taught graduate classes in aquatic pollution and frequently presents at water law symposia. Phillip can be reached by e-mail at


Kathleen Brosemer, Echota Cherokee of Alabama, has a Bachelor’s degree in geology with a concentration in hydrogeology. Her academic background includes a thesis and internship in wetland hydrology and mapping, postgraduate research in hydrologic controls on biogeochemical cycling in wetlands, including water chemistry and microbiology, and rare earth element cycling in anoxic water (a marker for cadmium contamination). She has taught microbiology of wastewater at the university-level. Prior to accepting her current position as Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa Tribe’s Environmental Program Manager, Kathie worked for the Ontario Métis Association, gathering evidence for the Association’s participation in public hearings on hydropower and other electric power generation impacts on environment and public health. Committed to the protection of human health as well as the environment, she has also waged community public education campaigns about how to take care of lake water quality to prevent cyanobacteria (bluegreen algae) blooms in shallow inland lakes. Kathleen can be reached by e-mail at


Shaun Livermore, PO, is a Certified Grade II Water Operator and Certified Grade II Wastewater Operator working for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Utilities Authority. Shaun monitors what is in the drinking water as well as what is being discharged into local waters from the wastewater treatment plant. Shaun performs tests daily and evaluates test results that are run at independent labs to ensure that health and resources are not compromised on the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Reservation. The majority of his expertise is focused on groundwater, but he is also aware of potential contaminates and intake problems for water treatment that can be introduced by hydropower projects. He pays particular attention to rural agricultural threats, such as pesticides and other ground-applied chemicals. Shaun has helped design water and wastewater expansions and is in the process of completing a Drafting and Design degree that emphasizes GIS and mapping. Shaun can be reached by e-mail at


James Holt was born to Vic and Sandy Holt and raised in Lapwai, Idaho. After graduating from Lapwai High School in 1990 he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in various Amphibious Assault Units. Upon his honorable discharge in 1995 he returned to Lapwai where he worked in the construction field for a couple of years after which he changed career fields and began working for the Nez Perce Tribe as a Telecommunications Technician.

In 1998 James was elected to the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee (NPTEC) serving as the Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee. When his term ended at NPTEC he returned to work for Nez Perce Information Systems Department from 2002 to 2005 as a Telecommunications Technician. In 2005 James enrolled at the University of Idaho seeking a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Science. Excelling in his studies, he became a Ronald McNair Achievement Scholar and an LSAMP Scholar. While an undergraduate he served as a board member for the Friends of the Clearwater in Moscow Idaho.

James has also served on several other national and regional boards and commissions to include President of the Spirit of Salmon Foundation, Treasurer of the Inter-Tribal Bison Cooperative, and a member of the Nez Perce Tribal Fish and Wildlife Commission throughout his career. He graduated with his B.S. degree in 2009. He is currently nearing completion of his graduate work in Water Resources at the University of Idaho where he will receive his Masters of Science degree. In 2011 he was elected to the NPT Fish and Wildlife Commission where he served as chairman until resigning to accept his current position as the Director of the Nez Perce Tribe Water Resources Division.

James has two wonderful sons, James Jr., 8 and Joseph, 4. He loves to hike, hunt, fish, gather, and story tell for the children. James can be reached by e-mail at