HDR appoints six to hydropower team in U.S. Pacific Northwest

HDR announces six appointments to its hydropower team in the Pacific Northwest: Emily Andersen, Le Bao, Jenna Borovansky, Sally Morsel, Cory Warnock, and Ed Zapel.

Andersen is senior regulatory specialist in Portland, Ore. She has 15 years of experience as a hydropower licensing and regulatory consultant and has worked on numerous licensing and relicensing efforts in the Pacific Northwest, Oklahoma, Tennessee and North Carolina, HDR says. Her expertise includes project management, stakeholder engagement, and overseeing budgeting and contracting with subcontractors.

Bao is project manager and senior fisheries biologist in Portland. He has 18 years of federal, utility and consulting experience including Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licensing and compliance. He has experience with hydroelectric impact assessments of fish and aquatic resources, endangered species recovery planning and management, and water quality assessments. He has served hydropower clients in the Pacific Northwest, California and Alaska.

Borovansky is Northwest hydropower regulatory and environmental manager in Cour D’Alene, Idaho. She has 17 years of experience with FERC licensing, multi-stakeholder process facilitation and negotiation support, and water quality permitting efforts in the western U.S. and Alaska. Her previous experience includes strategic planning and public communication experience in the development of water quality and endangered species management plans.

Morsel is senior regulatory specialist in Seattle. She has worked on hydropower project licensing and relicensing projects for more than 20 years. She has a background in zoology, hydrogeology, water chemistry and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). In addition to hydropower, Morsell has extensive experience conducting NEPA investigations and coordinating public involvement for rural transportation and mining projects in Alaska.

Warnock is project manager and fisheries biologist in Seattle. He has 16 years of experience working on regulatory and natural resource issues with hydropower clients in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. He has extensive experience with strategic licensing/relicensing processes and collaborating with and presenting to federal and state agencies. He specializes in managing hydropower licensing and relicensing projects. Previously he was a fisheries biologist analyzing species and habitat issues associated with hydropower project operations on the Columbia River and its tributaries.

Zapel is hydraulic design lead in Seattle. He has more than 30 years of experience, including 10 with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and 20 in private consulting. He has worked on projects in Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, California and the Midwest. He has focused on many river engineering-related problems and projects, specifically fish passage, dam and hydropower engineering, and hydraulic analysis and design.

HDR specializes in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services and has nearly 10,000 employees in more than 225 locations around the world.

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