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Pete LaFlamme
Representative of the Executive Committee Member at NEIWPCC Executive Committee and Commission Meetings

Since 2007, Pete LaFlamme has been director of Vermont DEC's Watershed Management Division. Previously, he established DEC's Stormwater Program and went on to develop and manage a number of stormwater regulatory and policy initiatives including a comprehensive program for managing stormwater-impaired state waters. Throughout his career, LaFlamme has specialized in mathematical modeling of water resources and water resources engineering. He did graduate coursework at the University of Vermont's Water Resources Research Center, specializing in water resources analysis and modeling, and has a B.S. in Environmental Analysis from the University of New England.

David Deen

Since 1991, David Deen has been a member of the Vermont House of Representatives. He has frequently served on the legislature’s natural resources and water resources committees and is currently chair of the House Committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources. In 2017, Deen retired from the Connecticut River Watershed Council where he served as a river steward. The Council works to protect the watershed “from source to sea.” He is also well-known as a former Orvis-endorsed and N.H. licensed fly-fishing guide. Deen holds an M.S. in Environmental Science from Antioch University New England.

James Ehlers

James Ehlers is CEO of Lake Champlain International, a nonprofit organization that aims to restore and revitalize Lake Champlain and its communities. He is a member of Senator Bernie Sanders's Environmental Advisory Committee, chair of the Lake Champlain Basin Program's Vermont Citizen Advisory Committee, and chair of the Colchester (Vermont) Economic Development Advisory Council. He also serves as president of Tethys, a company providing market-based solutions to water quality issues. Ehlers received his graduate degree from Saint Michael's College and his undergraduate degree from Villanova University.

Dennis Lutz

Since 1984, Dennis Lutz has been the public works director/town engineer for the Town of Essex, Vermont. Previously, he worked for seven years in Vermont state government as an environmental engineering supervisor and seven years as project manager for Donald L. Hamlin Consulting Engineers. Lutz spent 37 years in military service, beginning on active duty as an engineer in Vietnam and Oregon and later as a member of the Vermont National Guard and assistant adjutant general for the Army. He is a certified professional engineer in civil and sanitary engineering in Vermont. Lutz has an M.S. and B.S. in Civil Engineering from Cornell University.


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