Ed James, P.E., General Manager

Phone: (775) 887-7456

Ed James has a B.S. in soil and water science from University of California Davis, an M.S. in civil engineering from University of Colorado Boulder, and an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix.

Ed started his professional career working for the Denver Water Department negotiating and purchasing water rights. He then worked for the Chino Basin Municipal Water District in Southern California managing the Chino Groundwater Basin and was responsible for imported water deliveries from Metropolitan Water District. In 1994, Ed became general manager for the Jurupa Community Service District in Southern California. Ed has been general manager for the Carson Water Subconservancy District since August 1998. Ed is married to his high-school sweetheart, Christie, and has three grown kids. In his free time, he enjoys rafting, golfing, softball, table tennis, and snowboarding.

Brenda Hunt, Watershed Program Manager

Phone: (775) 887-9005

Brenda Hunt began working with the CWSD in 2011. Brenda has more than 25 years of environmental employment experience with nonprofits and local and regional governmental organizations in the U.S. and Australia. Past employment experience includes working as the land steward with The Nature Conservancy in upstate New York; as an open space and conservation planner with the City of Hume near Melbourne, Australia; and as an environmental planner with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. Brenda lives in Carson City with her husband and son. She earned her B.S. in natural resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a M.A. in environmental science from Monash University located near Melbourne, Australia. Brenda is a native Minnesotan and enjoys a good book, hiking, biking, playing ultimate frisbee, skiing, camping and traveling with her friends and family.

Catrina Schambra, Office Manager and Board Secretary

Catrina Schambra joined CWSD in January 2019.

After a career with the American Federation of Teachers in Southern California, she was looking for a new adventure. She sure found it with us! New to river rafting, her first month she floated the Carson River five times, and two of those were through Trainwreck, a Class III rapid!

She moved to the area to be closer to her family and has settled into her new home, right in the heart of the watershed. Catrina is totally taken with the charm and adventure of living here. She is excited to be part of our team and we’re lucky to have her! You can reach her at catrina@cwsd.org.

Debbie Neddenriep, Water Resource Specialist II, CFM

Phone: (775) 887-1260

Debbie Neddenriep is a native Nevadan who began working for CWSD in 2007 after a rewarding career as a stay-at-home mom. Debbie earned her B.S.B.A. in marketing management in 2016. Since starting at the district, Debbie has been lay-trained to perform field work, such as gathering stream flow and groundwater measurements, surveying, photo monitoring, residential water audits, and weeding dams. Her certifications include floodplain manager, CompTIA Project + project management, and AWWA Water Use Efficiency Practitioner I. In the office, a large portion of Debbie’s time supports flood hazard grants by creating, maintaining, and submitting financial reports, progress reports, and earned value data (she’s becoming the FEMA pro). She also participates in marketing efforts, environmental outreach and education, maintains database, helps with the website, IT, and the CWSD library. Given a preference, she loves to be outside, whether it is riding her mountain bike, hiking in the Sierras, or exploring the Nevada wilderness with her husband, Chris.

Lindsay Marsh, Water Resource Specialist I

Phone: (775) 887-7450

Lindsay Marsh’s adoration for nature led her to obtain a B.S. in environmental engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno. She most recently worked in the residential water-treatment industry. Her passion for the community steered her toward a career that supports the region’s well-being.

Water is the lifeblood of all her favorite things: people, plants, and bugs. Her favorite bugs are honeybees, but she enjoys praying mantises too. She used to maintain backyard beehives, and her parents had an extensive garden that made it easy to admire the creatures. Outside of work she volunteers as an assistant coach for a high-school girls wrestling team and with one of Reno’s most historic cemeteries. She is the proud mom of a plethora of plants and likes to get out on local trails or watch new sci-fi movies with her family or her partner, Marco. She also loves to visit historic cemeteries when she can, to remember all those who have laid the foundation for where we are now.

A seventh-generation Nevadan, Lindsay appreciates all Northern Nevada has to offer. She’s delighted to live and work for values that protect our watershed’s health for the enjoyment of the people who call it home, and looks forward to all the new projects, lessons, scenery, and faces her new position brings.