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Work History

General Physical Scientist

Reviewed state water quality management plans for conformance with federal Clean Water Act requirements.  Served as EPA project coordinator for 3 local water quality management planning agencies and provided general programmatic coordination and liaison between 17 local water quality planning agencies and EPA regional office.  Reviewed draft environmental impact statements prepared by or for the agency on the construction of wastewater treatment plants for conformance with water quality planning requirements under the federal Clean Water Act.

Environmental Planner

Ada Planning Association
Developed local water quality management plan components under a federal water quality planning grant program (Section 208 of Clean Water Act).  Program plan components focused on in-stream flows, storm water runoff, economic and demographic projections; and agricultural runoff.  Organized, supervised, managed and facilitated technical and citizen advisory committees as part of public participation process for each plan element on which I worked.

Area Hydrologist

U.S. Bureau of Land Management
Conducted the initial water resources inventory for the BLM planning area.  Prepared resource management plans for watershed protection of federal lands. Prepared water and watershed related environmental comments on range, timber, oil & gas, recreational development projects on federal public lands. Advised agency management on watershed protection matters for a Montana BLM area, the approximate size of the State of New Hampshire.

Research/Teaching Assistant

Colorado State University - Department of Earth Resources
Was a graduate student and research/teaching assistant for master’s thesis project on "Composite Land Use Impacts on Water Quality on a Diversely Developed Watershed" while pursuing masters degree in water quality hydrology.  Designed and conducted water quality monitoring program, and either performed or supervised all analytical laboratory work.  Trained and supervised a field and laboratory technician each of the two summers of field work.  Served as teaching assistant one semester for a senior level water quality laboratory course.

Instructor

Colorado State University - Department of Earth Resources

Taught two senior level / first year graduate student water quality hydrology courses, and managed the Department's water quality laboratory for spring semester.  Quest lectured one other departmental course. 

Mining Hydrology Analyst

Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality- Land Quality Division
Evaluated coal and uranium mining impacts on surface and ground water resources of surface mining permit areas under federal Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA), and the state of Wyoming delegated program under that law. Evaluated mining permit applications for compliance with state and federal regulations and laws. Negotiated resolution of mine permit application deficiencies with mine company executives, permit managers, engineers and lawyers on behalf of the State of Wyoming.

Law Clerk

Robert F.T. Krassa, P.C
Served as a law clerk conducting legal research and writing memoranda on water law, property law, and civil litigation procedure while a full time law student.

Law Clerk

Colorado Department of Law
Served as a law clerk, researching and writing legal memoranda and briefs on substantive hazardous waste law and federal civil procedure for CERCLA (Superfund) Litigation Unit while attending law school.

Law Clerk

University of Colorado - Natural Resources Law Center
Edited symposium proceedings of a water law conference for publication while attending law school. Some of the speaker’s presentations were in the form of lecture notes, while others were in a more polished format.  Converted the speaker’s written presentations to publishable articles. The proceedings were published as “Tradition, Innovation and Conflict: Perspectives on Colorado Water Law”, Natural Resources Law Center- University of Colorado School of Law, Lawrence J. MacDonnell, Editor, (July, 1986).

Law Clerk

Robinson & Scheurer, P.C.

Served as a law clerk in a general civil law practice in the following areas of law: local government, administrative procedures, real property, land use, water rights, water quality, environmental, and general litigation. This involved conducting targeted legal research and writing legal memoranda.  Also assisted in researching and writing trial and appellate briefs. Started during the spring of my third year in law school and worked part-time. Worked half-time while studying for bar exam and full time after the July 1986 bar exam.

Apr 1998Dec 2003

President/Attorney

Peter J. Gowen, P.C.

Owner of solo law firm engaged in a general civil legal practice, primarily serving as general counsel for a local governmental water and wastewater service provider.Practice areas included local government, administrative law (including rule making proceedings), water quality, water rights, real property, environmental, dispute resolution and general litigation.

Nov 1986Mar 1998

Associate Attorney

Robinson & Scheurer, P.C

General civil law practice primarily in areas of local government law, water quality, water rights, administrative law, real property and taxation, land use, environmental, and general litigation. Counseled government clients on budgeting, administrative procedures, water rights adjudications, rules and regulations development, public participation and special district elections. Advised clients in environmental regulatory compliance. Served as General Counsel to special water and/or sanitation districts, a fire protection district and a water authority.

Education

Jan 1979Dec 1980

M.S.

Sep 1969Jun 1973

B.S.

References

Richard (Dick) Scheurer

Dick Scheurer was the principal of Robinson & Scheurer, P.C., and my first employer out of law school. He now practices as a solo underthe name of Scheurer & Associates.  He would be happy to discuss my twelve year employment with him.

Publications

"Consolidation of Fire Protection Districts: A Case Study", 24 The Colorado Lawyer, 813(April, 1995).

"Insights for Practicing Before Local Government Boards and Commissions in Colorado", 36 The Colorado Lawyer,53(November, 2007).

Professional Publications

Reported Cases

Associations

Colorado Bar Association (CBA) 1986 to present

            CBA Environmental Law and Water Law Sections 1986 to present

Legal Education and Admissions Committee(Chair 99 to 02) 1992 to present

Boulder County Bar Association 1996 to present

Colorado Supreme Court Grievance Committee- Enlisted Hearing Panelist1997 to

            1998

Special District Association of Colorado- Legislative Committee 1989 to 2005 http://www.sdaco.org/about_sda.htm

City of Boulder - Water Resources Advisory Board-Chair1993 to 1997 http://www.bouldercolorado.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=519&Itemid=271

City of Boulder - Planning Board January 1998 to March 2001 http://www.bouldercolorado.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=515&Itemid=271

City of Boulder - Beverages Licensing Authority(Chair Aug. 2004 to Apr. 2008) 2003

            to April 2008 http://www.bouldercolorado.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=502&Itemid=271

Community Access TV for Boulder -Board Member(Treasurer 2003) 2001 to 2005

Denver Regional Council of Governments – Water Resources Management Advisory 

         Committee (Chair, April 2000 to 2002) 1993 to 2002 http://www.drcog.org/

American Water Resources Association - Colorado Section 1986 to present

 Legal/Legislative Committee (Chair, mid-1990's to present) http://awracolorado.havoclite.com/

Colorado Mountain Club (CMC) - (Trip leader, instructor) 1995 to present

             CMC State Board of Directors http://www.cmc.org/

            Boulder Group Council 2006 to 2009 http://www.cmcboulder.org/biography/biography_read.php?member=5

Wildlands Restoration Volunteers -Board of Directors (Chair, 2008 to present)

November 2007 to present http://www.wlrv.org/

Women's Wilderness Institute -Boulder, CO - Board of Directors March 2008 to 

 present http://www.womenswilderness.org/

Roche Colorado - Community Advisory Panel 2002 to December 2007 http://www.rochecap.org/

CEMEX (Lyons, Colorado) Community Advisory Panel 2003 to June 2007

Summary

General Counsel to local governmental providers of water and wastewater services and other governmental special districts for 16 years. Former environmental scientist (water quality hydrologist). Active civic engagement on governmental advisory boards and non-profit boards. Professional strengths and areas of knowledge include: 1) Legal and technical aspects of providing water and wastewater services2) Local government3) Water law4) Environmental and natural resources law5) Technical background in environmental science - M.S. Water Quality Hydrology6) Environmental regulatory experience at federal, state and local levels of government7) Intergovernmental relationships8) Natural resource conservation and management (B.S. minor- Environmental Conservation)9) University level teaching experience10) Public lands

Certifications

Licensed Colorado Attorney

Colorado Supreme Court