Board Member Spotlight for March 2020
Director at Large Lisa Brown
Job Title: Water Resources Engineer
Organization: Wilson Water Group
What is your job in 25 words or less?
I help our clients with long-term water supply planning, water availability studies, and water court engineering reports.
AWRA Member for # years: 9 years
Position(s) held in AWRA and year(s):
- Graduate student scholarship recipient (2011)
- Treasurer (2017 and 2018)
- Director at Large (2019 to present)
What is your hometown? Phoenix, AZ
What is one thing you like to do for fun?
I love exploring the great outdoors, either hiking in the summer or skiing in the winter.
How long have you worked in the water industry and what first sparked your interest in this field?
I have worked in the water industry my entire career, starting with graduate school in 2010 at the University of Colorado, Civil Engineering, Water Resources and Environmental Fluid Mechanics Program. My interest in water started when I was a kid. My grandparents volunteered with the University of Arizona tree-ring lab and got me engaged at a very young age with our most precious natural resource: Water.
What is one thing you wish you knew prior to starting your career?
The water industry is a small world and getting involved with an organization like AWRA-Colorado is a great way to make connections and give back to the community.
Is there a particular project or program that you have worked on or are working on right now that you would like to tell us about?
I am working on the Yampa IWMP project for the Yampa/White/Green Basin Roundtable. We are doing a diversion structure assessment, which will help the stakeholders understand where there are infrastructure needs in their reaches of interest. We get to help our client find solutions that benefit the structure owners, recreational users, and the environment.
What are some upcoming trends or challenges you see with Colorado water?
The biggest challenge I see is the combination of shifting demands in the face of population growth and increased need for irrigation as temperatures warm, coupled with an overall decrease in supply and increase in variability. This is not unique to Colorado, but I think our state has the capacity to be very creative in our approach to addressing these challenges.
What value or benefit does being a AWRA-Colorado member bring you?
AWRA-Colorado keeps me connected to the industry, provides wonderful networking opportunities, and gets the next generation of leaders involved through our scholarship program.