Water Resources & Conservation Staff

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Cara Corbin - Water Conservation Aide


Cara moved to Flagstaff in 2010 to get her Masters degree in Sustainable Communities from NAU. Since that time, she has worked on a variety of sustainable initiatives from local food systems to renewable energy. She currently works for the City of Flagstaff Water Conservation Program conducting outreach for the Water Wise Business Program and she is spearheading the program to convert empty barrels into rainwater catchment receptacles. 
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Laura Garcia - Water Conservation Aide


Laura is a Senior at NAU, working towards an Environmental Engineering degree. She served as a summer intern working alongside the City’s Water Resources Manager. Laura learned about technical and administrative functions of the job. As an intern, she was in charge of selecting and deploying water level monitoring equipment for wells in the Lake Mary Watershed, she assisted with developing outreach materials, and she provided project management support. Laura now works for the City as a Water Conservation Aide where she assists in monitoring actual conservation results following program implementation – such as the rebate and water check-up programs. Her latest project involves re-purposing empty barrels for rainwater harvesting containers.
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Audrey Kruse - Water Conservation Specialist


Audrey started as the Water Conservation Specialist for the City of Flagstaff Water Services Division in January 2018. In this role, she manages and develops outreach programs and initiatives to help citizens, businesses, schools, and tourists use water wisely. She has a BA in Anthropology from The George Washington University and an MS in Environmental Sciences and Policy from NAU. She previously taught high school environmental science and ecology classes in New York and Colorado. Alongside her work with the City of Flagstaff, Audrey has a background in experiential education and instructs wilderness medicine courses. Audrey is passionate about rock climbing, golden retrievers, pie baking (and eating), and science puns. 
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Tamara Lawless - Water Conservation Manager 


Tamara has been with the City of Flagstaff since 2013, working on Water Conservation and Sustainability. She currently manages the Water Conservation Program staff, policies, rebate programs and public outreach events. Her passion for the environmental field was sparked in her hometown of Madison, Wisconsin where she earned a B.S. in Conservation Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin Madison. She also holds an M.S. in Environmental Education from the Expedition Education Institute and a Ph.D. in Sustainability from Arizona State University.  As her appetite for adventure sometimes gets carried away, she can often be found wearing a cast or brace on one or more of her limbs.
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Shannon Maho - Water Conservation Aide


Shannon has lived in Flagstaff for over 20 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and recently completed the Sustainable Green Building and Alternative Energy program at Coconino Community College. She has worked with the County’s Sustainable Building Program as an intern through AmeriCorps and she currently works with the City’s Water Conservation Program conducting water check-ups for Flagstaff residents to help them find ways to conserve water in their homes.
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Melissa Yin - Water Resources Technician

Mellisa is currently an Environmental Engineering Senior at Northern Arizona University, graduating December 2018. She began interning at the City of Flagstaff as Arizona Hydrological Society’s 2017 Avery Intern Scholar and was subsequently hired as a Water Resources Technician. Her work involves data analysis, quality assurance, scenario planning, decision matrices design, and development of outreach materials. She enjoys backpacking, free diving, spearfishing, yard sales, and cheese.
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Erin Young - Water Resources Manager


Erin Young, the Water Resources Manager for the City of Flagstaff, oversees the Water Resources Section of Water Services. Her work includes managing all aspects of water supply from water demand accounting and demand forecasting to monitoring water supplies, developing new water supplies, and securing water rights for the City. Water conservation is an essential part of Flagstaff's water management plan, and Erin oversees the Water Conservation Program. This program focuses efforts on public outreach and education, watering code enforcement, water efficient homes and businesses, municipal facility water efficiency, water system leak detection, and non-revenue water tracking.

Erin holds a B.S. in Geology from Arizona State University (2000) and an M.S. in Geology from Northern Arizona University (2006). In her studies as an undergraduate, she focused on structural geology and geomorphology, learning through extensive field projects across Arizona, visits to the San Andreas fault in California, and in working with graduate students and other scientists in Sweden and Kyrgyzstan. Her master's work at NAU was conducted under the supervision of Dr. Abe Springer, at sites located at the Camp Navajo Army Depot in Bellemont, Arizona. For her research, she investigated the potential for frost heave of buried unexploded ordnance within a protected area of the Depot. Before starting her career with the City in 2013, Erin had spent 11 years working as a hydrologist for hydrogeological consulting firms where she focused mostly on groundwater development and recharge projects and regulatory permitting assistance under numerous ADWR and ADEQ programs. Erin is a registered geologist in Arizona (AZ Reg. No. 49661).

In her free time (free time?) Erin is a mom and plays hockey in several adult leagues and recently started playing tennis. Born and raised in Minnesota, she still enjoys cross-country and downhill skiing and water sports. A big fan of Northern Arizona Trail Runners and local trail races, running in far away unique places has become a goal. Erin ran the Hopi Paatuwaqatsi Water is Life 10 mile run in 2016, the 100-year celebration of Hopi Olympian Louis Tewanima 10K in 2012, and she’s made it up and over Imogene Pass for a couple races. Erin traveled to Cape Town, South Africa, in January 2018, with her 7-year-old daughter. The experience of the water crisis was surreal and ever solidified the tenants of water management in Erin's work for Flagstaff.