Decision Making for Water Quality and Resource Endpoints Using Data Science, Watershed Science and Adaptive Management

Date / Time:
Wednesday, Sep 14 2:30pm to 3:35pm
Sunset IV
Track / Session:
Integrating Watershed and Data Science Into Decisions / Part 2 – More Science and the Decisions: A Moderated Panel Discussion


Primary Speaker:
Panel Discussion, Panel Members:

Panel Members:

Andrew Kleis, City of San Diego: Drew Kleis is the Deputy Director of the City of San Diego’s Storm Water Division.  In this position, Drew leads the City’s flood risk management and storm water quality compliance efforts.  Drew’s professional experience includes 19 years with the City, including 4 years in the Development Services Department and the last 15 years with the Storm Water Division. Drew received his B.A. in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara, and a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Neil Weinstein, Low Impact Development Center: Mr. Weinstein is the Executive Director of the Low Impact Development Center, Inc. a non-profit water resources research organization the he helped established in 1998. He has been involved in a significant number of pilot and demonstration projects, research projects, training, design projects, and planning and design manuals in California. His recent work includes developing LID strategies to address targeted pollutants for Department of Defense Agencies, the development of a Public Private Partnership approach for Green Infrastructure, and a guidance document on watershed planning for transportation agencies for the National Academy of Sciences.

Renee Purdy, Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board: Renee Purdy is the Regional Programs Section Chief of the Los Angeles Water Board. In her position, she oversees the MS4 permitting as well as the TMDL, water quality standards & basin planning programs. Most recently, she was responsible for updating the LA County MS4 Permit, including incorporating new provisions to implement TMDLs, and led the effort to establish the new paradigm for permit implementation through Watershed Management programs. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of William and Mary and a Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Laurie Walsh, San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board: Laurie Walsh is a California licensed Civil Engineer and supervises the Storm Water Management staff at the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board.  In the 20 years Laurie has been at the San Diego Water Board, she has worked in both surface water and ground water regulatory programs including Storm Water Management, Ground Water Cleanup, Basin Planning, TMDLs and Grants.  Laurie co-authored the Regional MS4 Permit for the San Diego Region and oversaw the development and acceptance of the San Diego County Water Quality Improvement Plans.  She graduated from California State Polytechnic University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering.