Senior Staff Biographies

Chris Lidstone, PG

Mr. Lidstone is the President of Lidstone and Associates, Inc. and is a registered Professional Geologist and a member of the American Institute of Professional Geologists. He holds a B.A. in Geology from Cornell University and a M.S. in Fluvial Geomorphology from Colorado State University. Mr. Lidstone has 30 years of experience in water resources and geologic investigations and has conducted studies in over 30 states, Canada, Mexico, and Indonesia. His expertise includes geomorphology, hydraulics, sediment transport, and river restoration. In addition, he has conducted groundwater and geologic investigations throughout North America. Mr. Lidstone has directed water supply, transmission, storage, aquifer storage and recovery, and water distribution studies for state and federal clients, municipal and community water systems, and industrial users. Since 1977, Mr. Lidstone has been extensively involved in the mining industry including exploration, development, and environmental permitting for coal, uranium, gold, copper, bentonite, oil shale, and aggregate mining. As a third party independent, he has been responsible for the due diligence evaluation of mineable reserves and environmental assets and liabilities for publicly traded companies and small mining companies. His environmental work has included assessment of the mobilization of mine wastes, nutrient loading, and acid mine drainage problems associated with industrial and community development. In summary, Mr. Lidstone is well versed in multidisciplinary aspects of water resources and geologic investigations and is particularly familiar with state, federal and international environmental codes, rules and regulations.

Marty Jones, PE

Mr. Jones is a Vice President of the firm and a registered Professional Engineer. He holds both a B.S. and M.S. in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Wyoming. He has over 25 years of experience in water resources and engineering studies with extensive experience in mine reclamation. His project roles have varied from project manager for large mine reclamation projects to project engineer for developing hydrologic restoration plans. He has been the supervising and lead design engineer for over 20 mine land projects with construction costs that total more than $22M. Mr. Jones also has extensive experience in the fields of hydrology and hydraulic design and incorporating these investigations into construction plans and specifications. His project management experience spans supervision of field data collection, implementation of hydrologic and hydraulic design, evaluation of infrastructure for water conveyance systems, water rights permitting, nutrient management plans for concentrated animal feeding operations, and development of stream rehabilitation plans.

Kate Laudon, PE & PG

Ms. Laudon is a Vice President of the firm, a registered Professional Engineer, and a registered Professional Geologist. She holds a B.S. in Geology from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, and a M.S. in Geologic Engineering from Washington State University. She brings over 25 years of experience in the design and installation of water supply wells, aquifer testing, geophysical logging, groundwater quality monitoring, hydrogeologic investigations, and environmental permitting. She has performed geophysical and geologic investigations to determine ground water availability and supply throughout the United States. She has been responsible for well construction and development in Wyoming, Colorado, Oregon, and Minnesota. Ms. Laudon is well versed with federal, state, and local regulatory agencies and permitting requirements. Her combination of regulatory and consulting experience contributes to LA’s valuable insight and expertise of the technical, economic, environmental, and regulatory issues that often accompany groundwater, mining, and waste disposal projects.

Erin Reed, PE & CFM

Ms. Reed is a registered Professional Engineer and a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM). She holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Ohio State University. Ms Reed has over 11 years of experience in civil design, municipal engineering, surface water hydrology and hydraulics, environmental permitting, and geographic information science. Ms. Reed has been involved in various engineering designs including well completion, municipal water system design, and mine reclamation. She has completed hydrologic and hydraulic analyses, watershed studies, and designed stream restoration improvements for projects in Oregon, Hawaii, Wyoming, and Colorado.

Paul Hildenbrand, PG

Mr. Hildenbrand is a registered Professional Geologist with over 40 years of mining-related experience and more than 30 years of experience in uranium mining and regulation. He holds a B.S. in Geology from Portland State University. Mr. Hildenbrand’s experience covers a wide range of individual, yet interrelated areas of expertise, which include groundwater hydrology; geology; project management; mine development and production; mine permitting, involving environmental studies and assessments and development of state and federal permits and licenses; mined-land reclamation and groundwater restoration; environmental compliance and industrial health and safety, including radiation safety oversight at uranium mining facilities; waste management, handling, and cleanup of hazardous and radioactive materials and wastes; and environmental regulation at the state and federal levels. Mr. Hildenbrand has experience as both a permittee/licensee and a regulator, first with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and then with the State of Wyoming, provides him with a unique understanding of uranium mining/milling regulations at both the state and federal levels. In his current position, he provides advice and assistance to uranium mining companies who are developing new or renewal applications for NRC and/or state permits and licenses.

Mark Stacy, PG

Mr. Stacy is a registered Professional Geologist and has over 17 years of experience in groundwater development and hydrogeologic investigations. He holds a B.A. in Geology from Augustana College and a M.S. in Geology and Water Resources from the University of Wyoming. Having completed water supply investigations in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, California, Texas, Idaho, Oregon, and Nevada, Mr. Stacy is experienced in the many facets of groundwater development including hydrogeologic and geologic data review, mapping, and analysis; aerial photo interpretation; well site selection; high capacity well design; well development; aquifer testing and analysis; and wellfield design. He has also completed hydrogeologic investigations related to mine development, construction dewatering, environmental site contamination, source water protection, wastewater disposal, and shallow groundwater issues.

Chester Hitchens, PG

Mr. Hitchens is a registered Professional Geologist and has over 23 years of experience as a hydrogeologist. He holds a B.S. in Geology from the University of Northern Colorado and a B.S. in Land Surveying and Mapping from the Metropolitan State College of Denver. Mr. Hitchens specializes in conducting and implementing site investigations and corrective action plans involving petroleum and petrochemical products; computer modeling of groundwater; aquifer testing; contaminant recovery system design; management of petroleum and hazardous waste spill cleanups; air rotary, mud rotary, reverse rotary, auger, and sonic drilling; water sampling techniques for both organic and inorganic contaminants; organic and biomonitoring analyses; communication with regulatory agencies; National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) investigations; pre-purchase environmental investigations; spill protection control and countermeasure (SPCC) development; air emission permitting; Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) Title III permitting, water supply development; water rights issues and expert witness cases. Mr. Hitchens is also familiar with mapping software and surveying techniques, including geodetic leveling, total station operations, and GPS/GIS.

Ryan Duvé, PE

Mr. Duvé is a Professional Engineer and has over 18 years of experience in water and wastewater utilities planning, design, construction, and permitting. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Utah State University. Mr. Duvé worked as a staff engineer at the Metropolitan Water District of Salt Lake City’s 113 MGD Little Cottonwood Water Treatment Plant for over seven years and two years as the Village of Perry’s Public Works Director in Western New York prior to becoming a consultant. During that time, Mr. Duvé learned much about water treatment processes and operations and maintenance. He was a certified New York State Water Treatment and Distribution Systems Operator. Mr. Duvé’s other experience includes designing mechanical pumping systems; trenchless technologies including jack and bore; horizontal directional drilling; slip lining; cured-in-place-pipe; cement mortar lining; and sanitary sewer manhole rehabilitation. Mr. Duvé’s experience also includes preparation of bid documents and construction cost estimations and providing bidding, construction management and observation, and project closeout services.

Jim Fronapfel

Mr. Fronapfel has over 20 years of experience in design and has extensive experience in AutoCAD, mapping, and GIS technology.