Central Arkansas Water announces Randy Easley as Director of Water Quality and John Tynan as Watershed Protection Manager

LITTLE ROCK — Randy Easley recently assumed the position of Director of Water Quality at Central Arkansas Water. Easley will report directly to the Technical Services Officer and will be responsible for not only oversight of watershed protection and lake water quality, but also oversight of all lab operations, as well as investigation of water quality complaints.

Easley joined the utility on July 9, 2012. Formerly with Fort Smith Utility, he has been responsible for many departments, programs and initiatives during his 25 year tenure in the water industry, including development and oversight of water quality and watershed management programs; oversight of a state certified laboratory; regulatory compliance and public outreach; management of an EPA approved pretreatment program; and oversight of cooperative agreements with the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Geological Survey.

Easley holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Management from Arkansas Tech University and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies/Water Resource Management. He serves on numerous related committees and task forces and is a member of the American Water Works Association, the Arkansas Water Works and Water Environment Association, American Water Resource Association, Arkansas Environmental Federation, Arkansas Urban Forestry Council, the Association of Laboratory Managers, North American Lake Management Society, and the Water Environment Federation. He holds the Arkansas Grade IV Water Treatment and Water Distribution Licenses and is a Class III and an Advanced Industrial Wastewater Treatment Operator.

John Tynan assumed the position of Watershed Protection Manager at Central Arkansas Water on June 27, 2012. Tynan will report directly to the Director of Water Quality and will be responsible for planning, organizing, and managing broad, large-scale watershed protection programs; analyzing, preparing and presenting technical information; oversight of Watershed Stewardship; and building program support within and outside the utility.

Tynan is the former Deputy Director of Upstate Forever, a conservation non-profit promoting sensible growth and protection of special places within a 10 county region of South Carolina, where he was responsible for key environmental and watershed protection programs during his six year tenure. He also had responsibility for stakeholder and community outreach; strategic planning; working with state legislators on water resource legislation; and local, regional and national grant applications. Additionally, Tynan served as Commissioner for Greenville Water System, which serves a population of 450,000, from 2009 – 2012.

Tynan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Furman University and a Master’s of Environmental Management from Duke University. He serves on numerous AWWA and community taskforces and committees, was selected as one of Greenville’s Best & Brightest for 2009, was a 2010 Enviropreneur Fellow, and is a member of the American Water Works Association.

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