Staff


 Staff Experience


MARK S. KIESER, Senior Scientist
mkieser@kieser-associates.com

Mr. Kieser, Senior Scientist and Principal at Kieser & Associates, LLC, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Wittenberg University (Springfield, Ohio) and a Master of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Michigan Technological University. Mr. Kieser has over 28 years of environmental consulting experience in addition to three years of academic research on water resource issues. As a consultant, he has been responsible for implementing studies at over 250 sites throughout Michigan, the Midwest, the eastern and southern United States. These have involved various investigations of surface water, wastewater, groundwater, soils and atmospheric contaminant issues encompassing sites ranging from the Great Lakes, to remote undeveloped areas, to Superfund sites with more than 100 years of industrial use. Mr. Kieser has directed more than 100 other environmental engineering projects since the firm was founded in 1992. These have required an intensive knowledge of scientific and engineering principles as well as the full range of applicable state and federal regulations.

Mr. Kieser has also played a prominent role in water quality trading program and policy development since 1995. Mr. Kieser led one of five EPA supported water quality trading projects in the U.S. in the mid 1990s and served on the state of Michigan Water Quality Trading Workgroup that developed the framework for Michigan's water quality trading rules; the first such rules in the U.S.  He now leads a variety of trading projects focused on: watershed, state-wide and regional trading program development; agricultural credit banking schemes; urban stormwater; electronic water quality trading registries and infrastructure; restoration of natural flow regimes in Great Lakes tributaries; and, development of ecosystem service markets. 

Mr. Kieser's current trading efforts are being conducted in MN, PA, OH, MI, WV, NV, CA, ID, MD, VA, KY, IN, NY and WI.  He is leading an effort with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to develop the first multi-state regional trading program in the U.S. for the Ohio River Basin based on pending nitrogen and phosphorus water quality standards. He is also co-author of a 2005 McGraw-Hill text on water quality trading.  Since 2001, Mr. Kieser has been serving as the Acting Chair of the Environmental Trading Network. The Network is a non-profit clearinghouse for water quality trading program information. (http://www.envtn.org/)

Areas of Expertise:

  • Water Quality Trading Policy
  • Surface Water Quality Assessment and Modeling
  • Nonpoint Source Pollution Assessment and Modeling
  • Lake and Watershed Management
  • Soil and Groundwater Contamination Investigations and Remediation
  • Hydrogeologic Investigation
  • Environmental Site Assessments
  • Ecological Modeling
  • NPDES Permitting
  • Waste Load Allocation
  • Underground Storage Tank Removal/Compliance
  • Sediment-Water Interactions

JAMES KLANG, Senior Project Engineer
jklang@kieser-associates.com

Mr. Klang, PE, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University.  Mr. Klang, a registered Professional Engineer, has more than 25 years of experience in water quality and watershed management.  Prior to joining K&A, he was the lead engineer at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) TMDL program.  He also was the technical lead for the Minnesota River Summer Low Flow DO TMDL and co-authored the Low DO TMDL Protocol at the MPCA.  He also has extensive experience in water quality trading through involvement in the Rahr Malting Company and Southern Minnesota Sugar Beet Cooperative NPDES permit and the Minnesota River General Phosphorus Watershed Permit.

At K&A, Mr. Klang manages several ecosystem service market development projects in the Upper Mississippi River Basin. He also directs K&A's technical efforts for projects focused on improving watershed assessments. The list of current project topics includes quantifying the true costs of conservation, defining Priority Management Zones and Critical Source Areas with GIS terrain analysis and quantifying agriculture water management benefits. In addition, he supports multiple projects develping and implementing water quality trading frameworks and permit compliance activities in the Western United States and Canada. Prior projects include water quality trading feasibility studies in Indiana, Tennessee and the Ohio River Basin, as well as development of an ecosystem service market framework in Minnesota. Mr. Klang authored one of the first technical reports in the United States that provided definitive approaches for scientifically establishing trading ratios and discounting factors for Minnesota's pending trading rules.

Given his combined regulatory and private sector consulting experience, Mr. Klang has been and continues to be an invited speaker at many national conferences on water quality regulatory issues and flexible compliance alternatives, such as water quality trading.  He is responsible for the development and implementation of innovative trading projects throughout the United States.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Watershed Assessment
  • Soil Erosion and Nutrient Load Estimation
  • Water Quality Trading Policy and Program Development
  • Nonpoint Source Best Management Practices
  • Lake and River Assessments
  • Waste Load Allocations
  • TMDL Development
  • NPDES Permitting

BRIAN BOYER, Environmental Engineering Manager
bboyer@kieser-associates.com

Mr. Boyer, PE, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan.  Mr. Boyer has 16 years of civil and environmental consulting and engineering experience.  While employed for Owen-Ames-Kimball Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he was a construction superintendent on several multi-million dollar building projects involving up to 16 individual site contractors.  Mr. Boyer joined K&A in 1999 where he leads the firm's environmental engineering and hydrogeologic investigation projects.  Many of these projects involve Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, hazardous and non-hazardous waste characterization and disposal, underground storage tank removal, soil and groundwater sampling, free product investigations for NAPL and DNAPL releases, and regulatory reporting to local state and federal agencies.  Since 2002, he has been directly involved in managing and overseeing all aspects of these environmental cleanup and brownfield related projects for K&A.

Mr. Boyer is responsible for all Computer Aided Design (CAD) systems and conceptual engineering design of stormwater controls, best management practices (BMPs), nonpoint source implementation grant projects, wastewater treatment, groundwater remediation, and streambank restoration plans for the firm.  Mr. Boyer also leads and oversees installation of innovative, large-scale stormwater treatment and low impact development projects directed by K&A.  He currently serves as the President-Elect of the Southwest Michigan Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Areas of Expertise:

  • Hydrogeologic Investigations
  • Soil and Groundwater Contamination Investigations and Remediation
  • Surface Water Quality Monitoring and Reporting
  • Conceptual and Engineering Design of Stormwater Controls and BMPs
  • Hydraulic Modeling
  • Landfill Groundwater Monitoring and Reporting
  • Wastewater Treatment and Pollution Prevention
  • EPA Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Plans
  • Construction Management and Oversight
  • Project Scheduling and Coordination

PATRICIA HOCH-MELLUISH, Project Scientist
phoch-melluish@kieser-associates.com

Ms. Hoch-Melluish holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University and a Master of Science degree in Water Resources from the University of Minnesota-St. Paul.  Ms. Hoch-Melluish has nearly 20 years of professional experience in the environmental field. For over two years, Ms. Hoch-Melluish conducted aquatic toxicity assays on municipal and industrial point source discharges and developed Battelle Great Lake's sediment toxicity program.  In addition, she performed numerous Toxicity Identification and Reduction Evaluations (TI/RE) for point source dischargers and conducted surface water sampling and fish entrainment studies for FERC relicensing of hydroelectric facilities.

Ms. Hoch-Melluish has also conducted bench-scale bioreactor studies to determine waste treatment options for Monsanto's manufacturing facilities and performed microbial assays on potential new products to determine their waste treatment potential while at Monsanto Company for three years.  She served as an intern for the Minnesota Department of Transportation and developed a database of wetland replacement plans and wetland banking activities, and ultimately drafted a report of these findings for the State of Minnesota Wetland Banking Committee.  Ms. Hoch-Melluish joined K&A in 1998.  At K&A she is responsible for wetland, streambank, and lakeshore rehabilitation using native plantings, streambank erosion emphasizing bioengineering methods, comprehensive lake studies, water quality sampling, watershed-scale pollutant loading analysis, wetland delineations, and design of created wetlands.  She became certified as a Natural Shoreline Professional through the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership in May 2011.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Comprehensive Lake Studies and Assessments
  • Wetland, Stream, and Lakeshore Restoration
  • Watershed Management
  • Wetlands Delineations and Evaluations
  • Surface Water Quality Monitoring
  • Stormwater Treatment Wetland Design
  • Natural Shoreline Assessment and Implementation

LAURA STEPHENSON, Office Manager  
lstephenson@kieser-associates.com

Ms. Stephenson joined K&A as office manager in October 2007. Her responsibilities at K&A include oversight and implementation of all office operations.


JOANNA ALLERHAND, Project Scientist  
jallerhand@kieser-associates.com

Ms. Allerhand holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Northwestern University, a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science from Indiana University, and a Master of Public Affairs degree from Indiana University.  Prior to joining K&A, Ms. Allerhand worked for a Chicago law firm where her duties included researching the potential impacts of climate change on the insurance and reinsurance industry, as well as providing support for trial, arbitration, and regulatory projects regarding insurance and reinsurance matters.  She also has worked as a consultant for an energy company to provide an assessment of the legal, economic, and public perception barriers associated with geological carbon sequestration.  Research associated with this work was published as a law review article.

While a graduate student at Indiana University, Ms. Allerhand was part of a research team developing an integrated spatial and econometric model to predict and characterize the impact of energy variables on future economic and land use change.  Specifically, she analyzed existing energy models to demonstrate the need for integrated modeling tools at the sub-state decision-maker level.  She also worked as an intern for an agricultural chemical and biotechnology company where she drafted policy briefs and position statements to support global messaging consistency. 

Ms. Allerhand joined K&A in January 2012 following a prior internship with the firm where she worked on determining nutrient trading credit discount factors, developing a cost model for agricultural conservation practices, and monitoring surface water quality.  She is now working on technical aspects and reporting for water quality trading program development, as well as agricultural management applications for nutrient crediting and vetting a spatial analysis tool designed to supplement field surveys.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Surface Water Quality Assessment
  • Water Quality Trading Policy and Program Development
  • Policy Analysis
  • Technical Writing

"ANDREW" FENG FANG, Project Engineer

afang@kieser-associates.com

Dr. Fang, P.E., holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Shanghai University (Shanghai, China), a Master of Science degree in Ecology and Environmental Science from the University of Maine, a Master of Science degree in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Water Resources Science from the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Fang has more than 10 years of environmental and water resources experience.  Prior to re-joining K&A in 2012, Dr. Fang worked for the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality developing TMDLs and applying watershed models for TMDL assessment.  Dr. Fang also coordinated with multiple state agencies and regional inter-governmental organizations regarding TMDLs.

In 2002, Dr. Fang began conducting both field research and modeling for K&A to assess pollutant control options and economic implications.  During his four years with K&A, he was responsible for completing multiple economic, statistical, and environmental analyses for a variety of water quality applications.  This work included both SWAT modeling and GIS analysis.  He also worked on the development of water quality trading programs and assessments, authoring one of the first papers on credit stacking in environmental markets.  Dr. Fang is now providing watershed modeling, GIS assessment, TMDL, and trading expertise to K&A.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Watershed and Water Quality Modeling
  • Market-based Environmental Resources Management
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Economics
  • TMDL Development

 
K&A Leading WQT Feasibility Study for Lower Fox River, WI
Brian Boyer Presenting at Upcoming Conferences
K&A a Founding Member of WQT Consortium
International Workshop Presentation
Ecosystem Marketplace
Environmental Trading Network
EPRI Ohio River Basin Trading Project
Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force
US EPA Water Quality Trading
USDA Office of Environmental Markets
Water Resource Information for the Kalamazoo River
 
 
 
 
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