protecting our Soil & Water resources through conservation & Education
Jason Ulseth is a Georgia native who grew up fishing and boating on the Chattahoochee River. During his childhood, he developed a love and passion for the river and our natural environment. In further pursuit of this passion, he attended the University of Georgia and earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health in 2003. He then went on to work for nearly 5 years for the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission.
In 2007, he joined the team at Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) as the organization’s Technical Programs Director. Effective January 2015, Jason assumed the role of Riverkeeper and serves as the organization’s lead river protection advocate and spokesperson. He also serves as CRK’s lead boat captain and is licensed by the United States Coast Guard as a Merchant Marine Officer to captain passenger vessels of up to 50 tons.
Jason is an expert in stormwater management and is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control and a Georgia certified Design Professional and Trainer. He is also an elected District Supervisor of the Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Jason is a graduate of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership, class of 2016. In 2019, Atlanta Magazine listed Jason as one of Atlanta’s Top 500 Most Powerful Leaders.
Jason and his wife, Dawn, currently reside in Johns Creek with their two children.
Cory Rayburn joined the District as an appointed member in July of 2013. Cory brings to the District a diverse knowledge of environmental regulations related to land development. Cory is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC), Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), Envision Sustainability Professional (Env SP), and a Certified trainer for GSWCC E&S courses. His recent work includes successfully adopting and implementing Green Infrastructure standards for stormwater management in the City of Atlanta. Cory graduated from UGA with a B.S. in Environmental Health Science and a B.A. in Anthropology and received a M.S. in Civil Engineering from Kennesaw State University. Cory also serves on the Governor's Stakeholder Advisory Board and the Southeast Stormwater Association's (SESWA) Executive Board.
The Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District is comprised of five District Supervisors: 3 elected and 2 appointed. District supervisors are unpaid state officials who work hand-in-hand with the Georgia Soil & Water Conservation Commission, NRCS, and local governments.
Walter Rekuc has been involved in the erosion and sedimentation regulations since 1981. Back in the 1980’s the State of Georgia and most political jurisdictions, had no regulations, education, or range of materials to control erosion beyond the use of hay bales, seeding, and placement of rock. He was been a leader in developing the laws, plan preparation, education of the contractors/enforcement personnel, and the range of devices to control erosion on construction sites. Having worked in the public and private sectors he understands what erosion control tools are available to solve a problem on a site or better skill to use to enforce a law.
Walt spent over forty years in construction of residential, commercial, and public facilities. He presently is a Construction Project Manager at Fulton County Public Works, involved with major water and sanitary sewer projects. Previously, Walt was President of Hillside Development and started the firm in 2002 until 2017. This firm develops residential and commercial community throughout the metro Atlanta area. He was Vice President at Eastern Development Group, Jim Cowart Residential, Gwinnett Partners, and Eagle Real Estate Advisors. At those development firms, he has developed over 3,200 residential lots, 30 commercial lots, 2 commercial buildings, and 10 recreation facilities within 40 different communities with construction cost for these projects over $300 million dollars, One of the communities Walter developed won the highest honor in the real estate industry from National Association of Home Builders and Professional Builders Magazine for the Best in American Living for Best Community Design, for Developments over 151 Homes, for Rivermoore Park in the City of Suwanee. The Gwinnett County Historic Society awarded one of Walter’s projects the Best Historic Preservation Project in the County. Another project won Exceptional Merit Award for Development Design in the Expansion of a Town Center, presented by the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Regional Business Coalition in 2002 for The Villages at Lafayette Park in the City of Fayetteville
He is very active in the Metro Atlanta Communities and serves as Supervisor on the Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District for 19 years. He was recently elected as a District Supervisor in 2018 election, to serve an additional 4-year term. He also served as a Vice Chairman of the City of Milton Board of Zoning Appeals for the 10 years. He serves as a Board Member of the Gwinnett County Development Advisory Board for the past 13 years and is the Past President of the Georgia Section of Institute of Transportation Engineers. He recently finished 21 years of volunteer service to the March of Dimes and was awarded their Life Time Distinguished Service Award.
Walter earned his degree in Civil Engineering from Southern Polytechnic State University. He worked in the public sector as City Engineer and Director of Public Works for the City of Roswell, Deputy Public Works Director/ Capital Improvement Manager for the City of Sandy Springs and as Senior Engineer for the City of Atlanta. Having worked both in the public and private sectors and through the boards he has served on he has developed relationships that proves invaluable. Understanding how our Board affects enforcement and implementation of those laws in developing projects makes him a person who sees each side of the process.
Alan Toney is a fourth generation Atlantan. He is a retired businessman and an avid fly fisherman. As a member of Friends of the River he helped create the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area. He was Vice Chair of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Regional Atlanta Development Planning Committee during the implementation of Metropolitan River Protection Act. He has been a Soil and Water Supervisor since 1995 and he believes that protecting the Waters of Georgia is central to promoting smart growth and livability of the Metro Atlanta Area.