John W. Peterson


John W. Peterson founded KEMPS Consultants, Inc. with expertise in natural resources public policy, water resources, and erosion and sediment control, in April, 1994, after a forty-year highly successful career at the top of the USDA federal civil service (the Senior Executive Service, SES). At retirement he was an Assistant Chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Soil Conservation Service (SCS), one of the agency's top line officers in the career service. Peterson has a B.S. in Civil Engineering, a M.A. in Public Administration, and a LL.B. in Law.

From 1994 to 2004 John also served as the Executive Director of the National Watershed Coalition. In that role he served as the National Watershed Coalition’s representative in Washington, DC, and was the drafter and lead champion for the successful passage of PL 106-472, the Small Watershed Rehabilitation Act of 2000. That was the first major USDA water resources legislation passed in over 22 years. He is a three-term president of the International Erosion Control Association, and a Fellow of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. He is currently a director of the Potomac Nationals Baseball Booster Club.

John is a veteran and he also retired in 1991 from the US Army, after a 32 year active and reserve career, as an Infantry Colonel. He is active in many professional organizations. In 2004 & 2005, John served on the Ad Hoc Dam Safety Committee for the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board. He is also a Director of the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, and is the Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts Board Representative to the National Association of Conservation Districts. One of the things John is proudest of is the John W. Peterson Agricultural Scholarship established by the Organization of Professional Employees of the US Department of Agriculture (OPEDA).

John and Blanche have five grown children and three grandchildren, and live in Burke.


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