Everett Eugene Laney, M.Sc.

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Mr. Laney has worked for 32 years for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; 12 years as a Park Ranger then 20 years as a Biologist in the Tulsa District Office working with the many aspects of Federal environmental compliance and management. He has been dealing with the Zebra Mussel infestation since they were discovered in Oklahoma in 1993 and served on the Corps national Zebra Mussel Research Program and Invasive Species Leadership Team. Mr. Laney developed the Tulsa Districts Zebra Mussel Action Plan and worked closely with the districts lakes, locks, dams, and powerhouses to respond to the impacts. He also used his expertise to educate and assist other Federal agencies, states, utilities, and the public about Zebra Mussels and other invasive species. As one of the first biologists to deal with Zebra Mussels in warm water environments he has shared his experiences and expertise at national and international conferences and publications.

Academic Background

  • Master of Science, Environmental Science (Oklahoma State University)
  • Bachelor of Science, Wildlife Ecology (Oklahoma State University)
  • Associate of Arts, Wildlife Biology (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College)

Professional Experience

Laney Environmental Consultants, Environmental Consultant

  • Provide environmental compliance and invasive species services, specializing in Zebra and Quagga Mussel controls.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Biologist

  • Environmental Team Leader for development of NEPA documentation for the Shoreline Management Plan for Lake Texoma, the transfer of land at Lake Texoma in accordance with WRDA 99, the Water Supply Reallocation Studies for Wister and John Redmond Lakes, and the Tulsa County Arkansas River Corridor Project.
  • Prepared environmental assessments for real estate actions at Tulsa District lakes.
  • Served on the Interior Least Tern committee and conducted airboat surveys.
  • Tulsa District and Southwest Division (Tulsa, Fort Worth, Little Rock, and Galveston Districts) subject matter expert for invasive species.
  • Conducted Zebra and Quagga Mussel workshops and training for various Federal, state and local agencies. Gave presentations at national and international conferences. Wrote the (Lake Texoma) Denison Powerhouse Zebra Mussel Response Plan.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Biologist, Operations Natural Resource & Recreation Branch

  • Provided technical guidance for the natural resource and cultural resource programs.
  • Directed research and development and reviewed budgets for field natural resource programs. Developed cultural resource field survey protocol and conducted training.
  • Reviewed Operational Management Plans for compliance and use of best management practices. Managed compliance of water quality below the dams. Coordinated development of seasonal pool plans.
  • Managed endangered species program and salvage permit program for protected migratory birds.
  • Developed Real Estate outgrant guidelines and reviewed requests for environmental compliance and use of best management practices.
  • Managed the shoreline erosion program.
  • Wrote and managed the district Prescribed Fire Program.
  • Assessed field compliance of the Environmental Review Guide for Operations as a member of the External Assessment Team.
  • Coordinated public relations with media, public, special interest groups, and other agencies concerning the natural resource programs. Served as point of contact with other Federal, state, and local agencies, academia, and public concerning natural resource programs.
  • Managed the Tulsa District invasive species program. Chaired the Oklahoma Zebra Mussel Task Force. Wrote the Tulsa District Zebra Mussel Action Plan.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Park Ranger

  • Park Ranger at Eufaula Lake (Oklahoma), John Redmond Reservoir (Kansas), Tenkiller Ferry Lake (Oklahoma), and Webbers Falls Lock & Dam (Oklahoma).

Selected Activities and Achievements

  • Assisted in USACE/FEMA National Disaster Relief efforts resulting from Hurricane Hugo SBA Loan Verifications (30 days) in 1989, the Loma Prieta Earthquake SBA Loan Verifications (30 days) in 1990, the Mid-West Floods Road Assessments (30 days) in 1993, the Oklahoma Tornados Debris Primary Response Team (PRT) (74 days) in 1999, New Mexico Wildfire Recovery NEPA compliance (2000), Hurricane Frances-Jean Roofing PRT (30 days) in 2004, Hurricane Rita Power PRT (30 days) in 2005, Hurricane Rita Debris PRT (30 days) in 2006 and the Ft. Sill Ice Storm Power PRT (30 days) in 2010. Deployed twice to stage for incoming hurricanes Dean in 2007 and Dolly in 2008.
  • Served over five months as the Tulsa District's Program Manager for the FEST-M mission to deploy civilian personnel in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Deployed for 124-days to Kuwait and Iraq as an Environmental Specialist and Project Engineer.
  • Adjunct Instructor at Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma between August 2000 and May 2003. Developed course syllabus and lesson plans for courses in General Biology, General Ecology, General Physical Science, and Environmental Science.
  • Received various awards and distinctions including Special Act of Service Awards (1989, 1993), District Park Ranger of the Year (1986), Suggestion Awards (1985, 1986, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997), National Water Safety Congress Regional Award (1989), Individual Cash Awards (1989, 1996, 2001), Team RIO Certificate of Appreciation (2003), Superior Civilian Service Award (2003), Secretary of Defense Medal (2009), and Commander Award for Civilian Service (2010).

Professional Affiliations

  • Oklahoma Zebra Mussel Task Force, Chair
  • Western Zebra Mussel Task Force
  • USACE Aquatic Nuisance Species Research Program Field Review Group
  • USACE Invasive Species Leadership Team, Chair

Publications and Presentations

  • Ashby, S., Myers, J., Laney, E., Honnell, D., and C. Owens. 1999. The Effects of Hydropower Releases from Lake Texoma on Downstream Water Quality. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 14(1): 103-112.
  • Laney, E. and S. Spirlock. 1999. Potential Overland Zebra Mussel Threat to Oklahoma Lakes. Aquatic Nuisance Species Digest 3(2): 15.
  • Laney, E. and S. Spirlock. 1999. Potential Overland Zebra Mussel Infestation Threat to Tulsa District, Corps of Engineers. Dreissena! National Aquatic Nuisance Species Clearinghouse 9(5): 11.
  • Laney, E. and J. Schooley. 1995. Status of Zebra Mussel Infestation in Oklahoma. Zebra Mussel Research Technical Notes. ZMR-1-31.
  • Laney, E. 1994. Oklahoma Update. Dreissena! National Aquatic Nuisance Species Clearinghouse. 6(2): 10.