Date / Time:
Wednesday, Sep 16 8:30am to 10:00am
Track / Session:
Track: Resiliency and Sustainability / Session 5: Panel
Stormwater Harvesting in California: A Panel of Experts Discuss their Experiences, Challenges and the Path Forward
Speaker / Panelist 1:
Mike Thornton, San Elijo Joint Power Authority
Biography: Mike Thornton is the director of the San Elijo Joint Power Auhtority wastewater treatment and recycling facility; Mike is leading a IRWM grant funding prejct that will be harveting stormwater from a storm drain on the site and conveying the water to the Oceanside Pure Water facilty for potable use
Speaker / Panelist 2:
Paul Alva, Los Angeles County
Biography: Paul Alva is an Assistant Deputy Director for Los Angeles County Public Works. He currently oversees the stormwater compliance program for the County Unincorporated Areas and the Los Angeles County Flood Control District. The Program is developing a number of innovative multi-benefit stormwater capture projects to improve water quality, increase water supply, increase community green space, address climate change, and improve quality of life.
Speaker / Panelist 3:
Kristen Ruffell, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts
Biography: Kristen Ruffell is an influential leader in the water resources industry with a history of exploring the policy and engineering challenges associated with complex water issues. She currently holds positions on several Watershed Area Steering Committees as part of LA County's Safe Clean Water Program. Kristen has played a leadership role as the LA County Sanitation District aids local agencies with designing and building stormwater capture and harvesting infrastructure, most recently the project at Carriagecrest Park in Carson.
Speaker / Panelist 4:
Stephanie Gaines, County of San Diego
Speaker / Panelist 5:
Matt O'Malley, San Diego Coastkeeper
Biography: Matt serves as the executive director and managing attorney for San Diego Coastkeeper, where he leads the organization and directs Coastkeeper’s legal, policy, and advocacy work. Prior to joining Coastkeeper in January 2014, Matt represented grass-roots environmental groups in the federal, state, and local arenas. He has experience in areas such as the Clean Water Act and NPDES permits, land use and growth management laws, CEQA, the Endangered Species Act, groundwater, soils, sediment remediation, and environmental justice, to name a few. By utilizing strategic partnerships, local, state, and national laws and regulations, as well as guiding the community engagement, education, and science work that Coastkeeper uses to tackle local environmental problems, Matt leads the organization in its mission to protect and restore San Diego County’s waterways and move towards safe, clean water for his region.
Speaker / Panelist 6:
Christopher Beegan, State Water Resources Control Board
Biography: Chris Beegan has been with the State Water Boards Stormwater Planning Unit since inception in 2015. Chris’ focus areas consist of identifying and understanding barriers that limit stormwater capture and use, as well as evaluating alternative compliance strategies and the assumptions, limitations and uncertainty that could potentially affect the efficacy of these strategies. Prior to that, Chris worked in the Industrial and Construction Stormwater Unit and Ocean Standards Unit. Prior to joining State service, Chris worked in private industry for many years. Chris is a graduate of Cal State Long Beach.