DEQ Water Director Selected to Serve on National Board of Trustees

For Immediate Release:  October 14, 2020

Contact:  Erin Hatfield,, 405-437-8468

Shellie Chard, Water Quality Division Director for the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), has been chosen to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Water Environment Federation (WEF). Chard, an Oklahoma native and graduate of Del City High School and the University of Oklahoma, is the first Oklahoman to serve in this capacity.

“It is such a great honor to serve on the WEF Board of Trustees. This will allow me to influence national and international water policy and work to develop innovative solutions to water problems of today and the future. This is a unique opportunity to serve the broader water sector while continuing to champion water issues important to Oklahoma and helping to further Governor Stitt’s goal of making Oklahoma a “Top 10 State”, said Chard.

Chard has 28 years of water and wastewater experience and has been the Water Quality Division Director at DEQ since 2010.  She currently holds several leadership positions including: Treasurer and Board of Directors for the Ground Water Protection Council, 2020 President of the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators, and Produced Water Committee Chair for the Oklahoma Water Environment Association. She has also served in various leadership roles in the past, has won numerous awards for her efforts in water and wastewater, and earlier this year, she testified before the United States House of Representatives as an expert in her field.

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 35,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. Since 1928, WEF and its members have protected public health and the environment. As a global water sector leader, its mission is to connect water professionals; enrich the expertise of water professionals; increase the awareness of the impact and value of water; and provide a platform for water sector innovation.