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Katie Foreman
Physical Scientist

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water

1200 Pennsylvania Ave N.W. (4607M)
Washington, DC 20460

Phone: (202) 564-3403
Email: foreman.katherine@epa.gov

Katie Foreman Integration and Application Network Katie Foreman Physical Scientist Katie Foreman Photo work(202) 564-3403 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water
1200 Pennsylvania Ave N.W. (4607M)
Washington DC 20460 USA


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2005M.A., Geography, The University of Iowa
Thesis: "The Development of a Water Quality Index for the State of Iowa"
2002B.S., Geography, The University of Iowa
Honors thesis: "Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Pesticides in Water Resources: The Case of Atrazine in the Cedar River"



Water Quality Analyst, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Chesapeake Bay Program Office

Primary Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the Chesapeake Bay Program's (CBP) nontidal water quality monitoring workgroup consisting of water quality professionals from state, federal, local and non-government organizations.
  • Work with state, federal, local, and non-governmental organizations to coordinate and analyze data collected from the Chesapeake Bay watershed-wide nontidal water quality monitoring network.
  • Develop Chesapeake Bay watershed health indicators to evaluate the status and trends of watershed health in relationship to policy goals.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the monitoring programs and watershed conservation and restoration projects throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Water Resources Researcher, Watershed Improvement Program, Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Primary Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Coordinated four major water quality investigations for impaired waters.
  • Investigated sources of water quality impairments by monitoring and assessing sediment, water, and aquatic indicators.
  • Wrote technical reports summarizing and interpreting monitoring information.
  • Developed water quality assessment tools to determine the effectiveness of watershed improvement activities.


Snapshot Event Coordinator, IOWATER Volunteer Water Monitoring Program, Iowa DNR

Primary Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Coordinated statewide IOWATER volunteer water quality monitoring events.
  • Collaborated with volunteer monitoring groups to develop water quality sampling plans using standard protocols.
  • Characterized spatial and temporal trends in water quality data.
  • Presented data via written reports and public forums to encourage interest in the program’s findings.
  • Trained volunteers in basic and advanced water quality monitoring protocol.
  • Field tested new sampling kits against laboratory data to ensure quality in future volunteer monitoring results.

Water Resources Researcher, Watershed Monitoring and Assessment Program, Iowa DNR

Primary Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Coordinated three major water quality investigations of impaired waters.
  • Created and managed water quality databases for each investigation.
  • Provided and interpreted information to media and government officials, upon request.
  • Used standard protocol for water resources assessment in the field in the following activities: monitoring of water and sediment quality, maintaining and operating real-time water quality monitoring probes, use-attainability assessments, and physical and habitat assessments.

Beach Monitoring Researcher, Beach Monitoring Program, Iowa DNR

Primary Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Led watershed investigations to determine sources of beach water quality impairments.
  • Created reports on beach water quality including maps, graphs, and statistical tables.
  • Co-facilitated public meetings to disseminate information about water quality (general and beach-specific) across of the state.
  • Served as subject matter expert for local media interviews addressing the condition of the beaches.


Grant Research Assistant, The University of Iowa Department of Geography

Primary Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Worked on federally funded project, "Water Quality Protection in Agroecosystems: Integrating Science, Technology, and Policy at the Watershed Scale".
  • Conducted review of relevant literature pertaining to non-point source pollution in Iowa.
  • Used statistical programs to analyze water quality trends in Iowa.
  • Worked cooperatively with steering committees and focus groups, prioritizing project goals.

Graduate Student Teaching Assistant, The University of Iowa Department of Geography

Primary Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Assisted in creating lesson plans, teaching lessons, and facilitating large- and small-group discussions for undergraduate course, "Geography Senior Seminar".
  • Provided guidance to individual students for developing and implementing required research projects.

Graduate Student Research Assistant, The University of Iowa Department of Geography

Primary Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Created detailed reports featured in landscape ecology textbook by compiling literature of current land use trends.
  • Conducted self-directed literature review of history and patterns of forest fragmentation in the Northeast and the Midwest using online, paper, and geographic reference databases.

Research Assistant, Watershed Monitoring and Assessment Program, Iowa DNR

Primary Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Completed self-directed water quality investigative projects by delineating watersheds, using global positioning systems, calculating nutrient loads, and linking land use/land cover information to water quality by means of spatial analysis extensions.
  • Produced water quality project reports for proper inclusion in Iowa's water quality databases, STORET and IAPEST.


Lab Technician, The University of Northern Iowa Department of Biology

Primary Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Conducted the inventory and carried out the setup, cleaning, and dismantling of laboratory equipment.
  • Developed understanding of basic scientific laboratory techniques and safety protocol.
  • Performed administrative tasks such as organizing and distributing classroom paperwork and materials.



Weller, D.E., T.E. Jordan, K.G. Sellner, K.L. Foreman, K.E. Shenk, P.J. Tango, S.W. Phillips, and M.P. Dubin. 2010. Small Watershed Monitoring Designs. A report prepared for the Chesapeake Bay Program Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC), STAC Publ. #10-004, 18 p.

Foreman, K., Buchanan, C., Nagel, A., 2008. Development of ecosystem health indexes for non-tidal wadeable streams and rivers in the Chesapeake Bay basin.  Report to the Chesapeake Bay Program Non-Tidal Water Quality Workgroup. December 5, 2008.

Foreman, K., Wicks, C, Buchanan, C., Nauman, E., Dennison, W., Phillips, S. 2009.  New Stream Health Indicator Being Developed.  NOAA Chesapeake Bay Program Office/Integration and Application Network Newsletter. April 2009.

Foreman, K.L.  2007.  Water Quality Monitoring in the Hoover Creek Watershed, 2004-2006.  Iowa Geological Survey Technical Information Report Series, v. 53, 59 p.

Foreman, K.L.  2006. Why a Water Quality Index?  Iowa’s Ambient Water Monitoring Program Water Fact Sheet, v. 8, 4 p.

Foreman, K.L.  2005.  The Development of a Water Quality Index for the State of Iowa [thesis].  Iowa City (IA): The University of Iowa. 80p.



"A Chesapeake Bay Basin-wide Benthic Index of Biotic Integrity", 2009 Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation 20th Biennial Conference,
Portland, Oregon.

"How Does Iowa’s Water Quality Rate?", 2006 Annual Iowa Water Monitoring Conference, Ames, IA.

"The Conjunctive Use of Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act Information for Water Quality Protection", Spring 2003 American Water Resources Association Agricultural Hydrology Conference, Kansas City, MO.

"Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Water Quality in Selected Midwestern Watersheds", 2002 Annual American Water Resources Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA.




2002Phi Beta Kappa Society, graduated with honors and highest distinction
2001Pudil Trust Scholarship for academic excellence in the area of natural resources
2000University Club Scholarship
1999-2002The University of Iowa Tuition Scholarship
1998The University of Northern Iowa Biology Symposium Full Scholarship


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Integration and Application Network (2013) 2012 Old Woman Creek Report Card. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 8pp (Report card)
Integration and Application Network (2013) 2012 Pipe Creek Report Card. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 8pp (Report card)
Integration and Application Network (2010) 2009 Chester River Report Card. Chester River Association, 4pp (Report card)
Foreman KL, Buchanan C and Nagel A (2009) A Chesapeake Bay Basin-wide Benthic Index of Biotic Integrity. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 13pp (Presentation)
Integration and Application Network (2009) New Stream Health Indicator Being Developed. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 3pp (Newsletter)
Integration and Application Network (2009) 2008 Chester River report card. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 4pp (Report card)