Welcome New Board Members

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We at the Greater Gallatin Watershed Council are delighted to be joined by two new board members in recent months. They strengthen our presence in the watershed community and our ties to the City of Bozeman and Montana State University.

Lain Leoniak – Education & Outreach, CoLeoniak_Lain-Chair.  Lain has been a water professional for fourteen years. After graduating from the University of Colorado School of Law specializing in Western Water Law, she was appointed to serve as Water Referee for Water Division 5 and adjudicated water rights for the Colorado and White River Basins in Colorado. Lain also worked for The Nature Conservancy’s Caribbean Program developing watershed management plans and implementing best water demand and storm water management practices in the Eastern Caribbean. In her current role as Water Conservation Program Manager for the City of Bozeman, Lain is tasked with generating additional water supplies through the development of a Water Conservation Program that is focused on voluntary measures, outreach and education and developing non-potable supplies for municipal irrigation. Ms. Leoniak is also a Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor through the Irrigation Association.

Meryl Storb –  Development Committee, Co-Chair.  Meryl is a Ph.D. student at MSU in the Land Resources and Environmental Science Department – working in the Payn Watershed Hydrology Lab. She started her Ph.D. during the fall semester of 2014. Her dissertation research is focused on understanding how water quality and quantity may change in the Big Sky watershed with ongoing development and impacts from climate change. Prior to returning to graduate school, Meryl spent six years working for an environmental consulting firm in Missoula, MT. She worked on a range of projects that were focused on groundwater, in the western US, Canada and West Africa.  Before she entered the world of consulting Meryl obtained a B.S. from the University of Montana (UM), in Environmental Geology (2008). While at UM she worked as a research assistant and an environmental health technician (Missoula Dept. of Water Quality), working on several aspects of the Milltown Dam Removal Superfund Project in Bonner, Montana. Meryl is passionate about understanding water resources and is excited to serve on the board of GGWC.