KCI welcomes Olivia Devereux as a senior watershed strategist in the firm’s Natural Resources Practice. She will be responsible for development of water quality treatment strategies to meet total maximum daily loads (TMDL) and watershed improvement plans for municipal governments and private sector partners.
Ms. Devereux’s technical expertise includes aspects of water quality assessments, ecosystem evaluations, environmental planning and BMP modeling systems. Prior to joining KCI, she had her own company where she consulted with states, federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and private companies. Previous to that, she served as a scientist with the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin and data analyst for the University of Maryland College Park Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership. Highlights of her vast experience include her role as scientific lead in developing both the Chesapeake Assessment Scenario Tool (CAST) and the first Chesapeake Bay Program Scenario Builder—the system that distributes nutrients to the land and was used to create inputs to the Watershed Model. She has provided extensive water quality management planning in the Chesapeake Bay watershed through the EPA-Chesapeake Bay Program; developed watershed management plans for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control; served as a subject matter expert in development of the Maryland Department of the Environment’s BMP Data Exchange; and improved the accuracy of agricultural practice reporting to the Chesapeake Bay Program by working with U.S. Department of Agriculture data on behalf of the U.S. Geological Survey.
Olivia’s experience will give KCI an advantage in the ongoing development of strategies for limits set under the 2010 Bay TMDL. She also will be an integral part of helping the many jurisdictions implement the Watershed Implementation Plans.
James E. DeriuVice President, Regional Practice Leader
Devereux earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in environmental science and technology from University of Maryland. She has contributed to numerous written works, such as U.S. Geological Survey scientific investigation reports and peer-reviewed journals, including Hydrological Processes, Journal of Water Management Modeling, Environmental Planning Journal and others.