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Bill McCormick

2016 Water Leaders Class

mccormickbillBill was born in the small town of Glens Falls, in the southern Adirondacks of NY, and grew up between the tourist areas of Lake George and Saratoga Springs with two older and one younger sisters. He found road bikes (bicycles) and alpine ski racing in high school, activities he continues today. His first venture west was to the State of NY College at Oswego where he got a BS in geology in May 1985. With a bust in the oil business in the mid-1980s, Bill took a job as a professional ski patrol (Gore Mtn) while waiting out a winter between undergrad and grad school, for his only 100+ day ski year to date.

Bill continued west to grad school, this time leaving NY for the University of Missouri-Rolla where in fall of 1988 he graduated with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geological Engineering. Bill’s goal to work on dams and tunnels got him a job with the large civil engineering firm Black & Veatch in Kansas City, KS. Bill got another opportunity to continue west when a 1-year field engineer assignment on a water tunnel project in Colorado Springs came up in Dec 1989. After 6 years on field projects for Colorado Springs Utilities, bill took an assignment on a water tunnel in Las Vegas, NV for their “second straw” project in 1995. After 18 months that project was completed and Bill ended his westward migration and found his way back to Colorado. 

He founded a successful engineering firm in Salida, CO and ran it for four years, getting married and having a baby girl in that time as well. After 14 years in consulting, Bill got on with the Colorado Division of Water Resources as a dam safety engineer (DSE) in fall of 2003 with a Colorado Springs work location assigned to dams on the Upper South Platte and Arkansas River basins.

Bill worked as a DSE in Colorado Springs until 2010 when his angling to get back to a Salida home base finally paid off. In July of 2010 he was selected for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Dam Operations Engineer position, and successfully negotiated a Salida work location. After 15 months of statewide travel and dam owner experience with CPW, the chief of dam safety position for DWR came open. He was selected as chief on condition that the position be based in Salida, allowing him to keep the same office, simply changing the agency name on the lease. 

Since October 2011 Bill has been Chief of an award winning team of 11 statewide dam safety engineers. Bill and his team have responsibility for developing and executing a comprehensive dam safety risk management program for all dams in Colorado in the interest of public safety while maximizing water storage potential.

Bill thoroughly enjoys balancing his Colorado mountain lifestyle of challenging and fulfilling professional work on dam and water issues around the state, being an avid mountain biker, hiker, and skier and spending quality time with a beautiful family and friends. 


April Long

2016 Water Leaders Class

Long2April Long works to improve, protect, and enjoy the Roaring Fork River in Aspen.

After growing up in rural northeast Alabama and graduating from Auburn University with a degree in Biosystems Engineering, she worked for several years as a water resources engineer with a consulting firm in Nashville, TN, establishing stormwater management programs and funding mechanisms for municipalities across the country.

April began the Clean River Initiative for the City of Aspen in 2008.  She is the stormwater manager and Clean River Initiative program manager for the City of Aspen, focusing on water quality and river health improvements for the Roaring Fork River. April’s work ranges from writing policy, regulations, and technical design guidelines to master planning, design and construction of award-winning capital projects that use creative and natural approaches for removing pollutants from stormwater runoff.  April is a steering committee member of the Roaring Fork Watershed Collaborative and works closely with other mountain resort communities to effectively and creatively solve stormwater management and river health issues that are unique to mountain towns.  April has no free time because she has a three year old and twin one year olds. However, if she had free time she would spend it rafting, fishing, biking, camping, skiing, hiking, and baking. April wishes she could drink more wine and get more sleep.  

Korey Kadrmas

2016 Water Leaders Class


KKadrmaswebKorey Kadrmas is a principal, project manager and lead hydraulics engineer with RJH Consultants, Inc. in Englewood, Colorado. He specializes in water resources, hydrologic and hydraulic, groundwater, pipeline, and construction engineering. His engineering experience includes work on dams, gravel pit reservoirs, spillways, outlet works, conduits, diversion structures, flow measurement devices, pipelines, and pump stations. His significant roles in a wide range of project phases include planning, modeling, analyses, conceptual through final design, inspection, and construction. Korey is a licensed professional engineer in Colorado and holds a M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado. He moved to Colorado from North Dakota for college; the natural beauty of this state and all the outdoor activities made it easy for him to permanently call Colorado home. Korey enjoys spending time with his wife, Erin and 6-month-old son, Duke. Some of his favorite activities are hiking, mountain biking, running the occasional 10K, and at least one concert a year at Red Rocks. Because water is a scarce and precious resource, Korey finds it rewarding to have a role in developing water projects in Colorado while interacting with water professionals throughout the state.


Andrew Kirsch

2016 Water Leaders Class

kirschBorn and raised in Santiago, Chile, Andrew Kirsch attended an international school throughout his entire primary education. His father worked for the United Nations, which at an early age exposed him to social, economic, and environmental issues facing Latin American nations. While attending the international school Andrew was also exposed to many nationalities and cultures, which strengthened his understanding of the many commonalities among these. After graduating from high school, Andrew moved to Northern Virginia where he attended George Mason University and obtained a B.S. in Biology, which supported his deep interest in environmental and ecological studies. After obtaining his degree Andrew finally made the move to the Colorado mountains, which had been his ultimate goal since moving to the United States. 

Staying true to his interest in working in the environmental and scientific fields, Andrew ultimately started working as a water treatment operator for Eagle River Water and Sanitation District in 1998, where his tenure has grown into a 19 year career so far.  The last five years of Andrew's tenure have been as the supervisor for the Vail drinking water system. Throughout the entirety of his tenure, Andrew have been challenged in ways that have required tenacity while tackling multi-disciplinary, organizational, and environmental needs. 


Shannon Hatch

2016 Water Leaders Class

hatchwebShannon Hatch has worked as a restoration coordinator for the Tamarisk Coalition since 2010. During this time she has collaborated with partners on a variety of projects throughout the West, although her current focus is on riparian restoration efforts in the greater Grand Junction area through the Desert Rivers Collaborative. Shannon was previously a Land Steward for a regional land trust and she held a number of field jobs with the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service. While a Filipino by birth, Shannon lays claim to Colorado as her home state, despite a long-lingering crush on Montana. She received her M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Idaho and her B.A. in Environmental Studies/Biology from Whitman College. Shannon recently took up long(ish) distance trail running, which gives her a great excuse to combine her two favorite pastimes, snacking and tooling around Colorado's high country with her husband, Heath.


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