About Us

ELEMENT’s staff are highly skilled experts in the fields of service that we provide to our clients. A brief bio for of each staff member is provided below. Please contact us for more detailed information and to discuss your project needs.


Beorn A. Courtney, P.E.

President – Water Resources Engineer


Ms. Courtney is a licensed Professional Engineer with experience in a broad range of water resources planning and policy topics, including water conservation planning, water rights investigations, consumptive use modeling, hydrologic and hydraulic analyses, and the nexus between water and land use planning.  Ms. Courtney is skilled at project management including project team coordination, developing and maintaining client relationships, and providing technical oversight and review.  She has served as project manager for a variety of state, municipal, and private clients and has provided expert witness testimony in water court and briefings to the Colorado legislature.



Matthew J. Welsh, P.H.

Principal – Hydrologist


Mr. Welsh is a certified Professional Hydrologist and has been working in the water resources field since 2001, with a focus on projects in Colorado and surrounding states since 2005. Matt has extensive experience with surface and ground water rights in Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Oregon. Surface water expertise includes availability analyses, historical consumptive use evaluations for change of use applications, and quantifying exchange potential. Groundwater expertise includes modeling of lagged depletions from well pumping and aquifer evaluations including groundwater recharge and aquifer storage and recovery projects. Matt also has extensive experience with water conservation and efficiency planning, with project scales ranging from regional integrated plans to relatively small new developments.