Panel to Discuss the Practice of Stormwater Capture as a Method to Address Supply Reliability in Los Angeles County

Date / Time:
Wednesday, Sep 14 8:35am to 9:40am
Bay View
Track / Session:
Stormwater as a Resource / Los Angeles County (Part 1)

Panel to discuss the practice of stormwater capture as a method to address supply reliability.

Traditionally, management of stormwater and dry-weather runoff has generally focused on water quality and discharge to receiving water bodies. Runoff from municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s), industrial facilities, and construction sites can be a major source of pollutants and have contributed to water quality impairments throughout California.. The MS4 Permittees must contend with large volumes of runoff (both dry weather and wet weather).
There is growing recognition and interest in managing stormwater as a resource instead of a waste. Some water agencies have developed stormwater resource plans to define stormwater and watershed management programs and projects that increase sustainable local water supplies while also addressing regulatory water quality requirements.
In Southern California, approximately 500,000 acre-feet of stormwater is currently captured and recharged into groundwater basins in an average year. That’s enough water to supply three million people for a year, or satisfy the water supply needs of San Diego, Anaheim, Riverside, Santa Ana and Long Beach combined. In Los Angeles County alone:
• Mayoral Directive Number 5 calls for 20% reduction in City’s freshwater use by 2017 and 50% reduction in LADWP’s purchase of imported water by 2024
• LADWP and partners capture and recharge approximately 29,000 acre-feet/year stormwater plus 25,000 acre-feet/year infiltrating into aquifers through incidental recharge (10% of current water demand)
Please join our panel, who will discuss the practice of stormwater capture as a method to address supply reliability:
• Challenges (e.g., governance issues, costs and funding, contribution to reliability, funding, climate)
• Success stories
• Recommendations

Primary Speaker:
Panel Moderator: Lisa Skutecki, Brown and Caldwell
Moderator: Lisa Skutecki, P.E., CPESC has 17 years of environmental engineering consulting experience, including urban water management, watershed guidance and planning, storm water quality assessment and monitoring, and Best Management Practice assessment and design. Lisa received her B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Arizona State University and participated in the Water Leaders Class through the Water Education Foundation. When it actually rains in Southern California, you can expect to find her assisting with the storm event and then heading to a mountain to snowboard. Panel Members: Angela George, County of Los Angeles: Angela George has been with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works for over 23 years. She is a registered civil engineer who has extensive governmental experience in watershed resource planning, transportation planning and construction management. Angela currently serves as the Assistant Deputy Director in Watershed Management Division where she is responsible for planning and project development for the Flood Control District and management of the implementation of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Municipal Permit for both the Flood Control District and Unincorporated County Areas. Grace Chan, Metropolitan Water District: Grace Chan is the manager of Resource Planning and Development Section with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Her section is responsible for developing and updating Metropolitan’s Integrated Water Resources Plan (IRP), which sets the foundation for the resource mix of imported and local supplies to meet the projected water needs of Metropolitan’s six-county service area. Ms. Chan is also responsible for preparation of state required planning documents such as the Urban Water Management Plan. She also represents Metropolitan on state-wide and national planning activities such as the advisory committee of the California Water Plan Updates and the USGS Water Census Initiative. Adel Hagekhalil, City of Los Angeles Adel H. Hagekhalil is a registered civil engineer with the State of California, and a national Board Certified Environmental Engineer. Adel has received his BS and MS in Civil Engineering. He has received both, PE and BCEE certification. He has participated in many leadership development programs, including the Water and Wastewater Development Program at the University of North Carolina. He is currently the Assistant Director of the City of Los Angeles’ Bureau of Sanitation where he is responsible for: the Bureau’s wastewater collection system management, storm water and watershed protection program, water quality and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) compliance, and facilities and advance planning. Under his direction, the City has prepared an award winning Water Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) for the year 2020 which relies on public input and participation and integrates water supply, water reuse, water conservation and stormwater management, with wastewater facilites planning through a regional watershed approach. Adel has managed the collection system spill control program and led the implementation of the collection system planning efforts leading to over 80 percent reduction in sewer spills. He has an extensive experience in infrastructure assessment, planning, modeling, upgrading, and funding. Most recently, he led the collaborative development of the “Core Attributes of Effectively Managed Wastewater Collection Systems”, a new document that promotes good engineering practices essential to managing and operating separate sanitary collection systems. Adel has published numerous technical papers and participated in various technical conferences and committees. He is currently serving as President of National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), and is a member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, the American Public Works Association (APWA), and Water Environment Federation (WEF). In addition to his participation in NACWA, Adel has participated in many national and global programs and initiatives including UNESCO's water management in Megacities, the ASPEN Institute water resiliency dialogue, and the Clinton Global Initiative efforts. Adel is currently chairing a study group developing a report on water resiliency in the US as part of the President's National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC). David Pettijohn, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power: David R. Pettijohn is the Director of Water Resources for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. With over 30 years of water utility experience, Mr. Pettijohn has management oversight for water resource activities including strategic planning, watershed management, conservation, water recycling policy, and local resource development, as well as inter-agency coordination activities and legislative affairs. Mr. Pettijohn is a registered Civil Engineer in the State of California. He currently serves on the Colorado River Board of California. Mr. Pettijohn received his M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona at Tucson.