Colleen McShane is a manager in the Environmental Affairs & Real Estate Division at Seattle City Light. Her group is responsible for implementing the environmental measures in the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project license. The license was issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 1995 and includes measures for the protection and management of fish and wildlife populations and habitats, as well as programs that address recreation needs, erosion control, and cultural resource preservation.
Colleen has worked in the fields of ecological research and habitat management for over 25 years and has been with Seattle City Light for the past 9 years. Previously she worked as a field biologist and consultant for firms providing support to utilities and state and federal agencies. One of her first major professional jobs was designing and directing the terrestrial resources studies for the Skagit Project license, including the field work, analysis, modeling, and reporting. Colleen has an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Colorado, a Masters in Ecology from Washington State University, and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Washington.
“My interest in continuing with the Skagit Watershed Council Board is partially based on Seattle City Light’s strong commitment to environmental stewardship in general, and to the Skagit River in particular. Given City Light’s long-term presence in the watershed I believe that it is important that the utility be engaged with the Watershed Council. Personally, it is an exciting opportunity to collaborate with representatives from other committed organizations on the work needed to sustain and improve the ecological integrity of the watershed. It is an honor to serve on the Skagit Watershed Council Board of Directors.”