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Our strategy to educate cross-sector audiences on integrated water management includes forums on water reuse topics.

These meetings are intended for water professionals from the state, cities, water agencies, nonprofits, and research institutions focused on water and energy. Our goal is to promote easy adoption of water efficiency and reuse practices and to provide background information to support much needed progressive water reuse legislation in the state of California and beyond.

Date: March 19, 2013

Location: Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard Street, San Francisco

Art of Stormwater from USGBC – Northern CA Chapter on Vimeo.

From the beginning, water has been at the center of our lives. We choose to live by it, harness its energy, and certainly depend upon it for sustenance. Historically we collect our stormwater and whisk it away in the most expedient and efficient manner never stopping to consider its ability to make additional contributions. Over the last few decades and with increasing frequency, stormwater has been treated as the important resource it presents. Designers and artists, together with engineers and agencies are looking to celebrate stormwater’s presence in our communities through creative expression, interpretation, and the visible additions of green infrastructure. There are inspiring examples from around the world to motivate us to join efforts with our colleagues and our communities to make an impact and to celebrate water.


Matthew Passmore, Founder/Principal, Rebar
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Matthew is an artist, urbanist, curator and teacher. With a background in philosophy, aesthetics, filmmaking and law, he brings a multidisciplinary approach to innovating cultural projects around the world. As the original founder at Rebar, Matthew initiated the first Rebar project, the Cabinet National Library, in 2004. He has since generated the concepts for many other well-known Rebar projects, including PARK(ing) Day. Matthew studied philosophy and aesthetics at UCLA and law at UC Hastings College of Law. He lectures at venues around the world on the relationship between art and the quality of the public realm, and has taught interdisciplinary design courses at the California College of the Arts (CCA). He was recently a curator and key collaborator at the Urban Prototyping (UP) Festival in San Francisco. Matthew is currently an Artist Fellow at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, and teaches at the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley and the Urban Studies program at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Charles Brucker, PLA, LEED AP, Principal, PLACE Studio
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Charlie Brucker is a Principal and Director of Sustainability with PLACE studio in Portland, Oregon. A registered landscape architect in Oregon and California, Mr. Brucker grew up in the fog draped hills of Burlingame, California eventually making a northern migration to earn his BA in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon. Mr. Brucker has built a reputation for the creative integration of stormwater and effective collaboration with artists, public agencies and stakeholders. His expertise includes an extensive knowledge of progressive sustainable design solutions which he works to seamlessly integrate into projects. He has managed and led the landscape design and planning efforts for a number of large civic projects throughout his 19 year professional career. Mr. Brucker has made design and technical presentations in public and academic settings across the US and Asia.
Jennifer Easton, Senior Project Manager/Program Lead, City of San Jose
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Jennifer has an extensive career in both project and program management in the visual and performing arts. She has curated numerous exhibitions, published articles and lectured in the field of contemporary art. On behalf of the City of San Jose she has co-directed with Barbara Goldstein two significant creative placemaking programs: Silicon Valley Inside/Out – funded in part by a $250,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grant, and Illuminating Downtown – funded in part by a $600,000 grant from Artplace America. She authored sections of the San Jose High Speed Rail design guidelines related to the incorporation of art, lighting and landscape to enhance the customization of the line to neighborhoods impacted by the alignment, these guidelines have been adopted by other cities of the alignment. She also directed the public art design guidelines of the Station Area Plan for San Jose High Speed Rail. Jennifer also directs the development and implementation of public art programming for the City’s Environmental Services Department including the incorporation of art into the master planning of the water pollution control plant, as well as stormwater and potable water programs.
Linda Wysong, Artist and Associate Professor, Pacific Northwest College of Art
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Linda Wysong is inter-disciplinary artist who examines urban systems and connections between the natural and built environments. Her art practice includes public sculpture, video, performance and social practice. Wysong’s work has been shown at Exit Art New York, Southern Exposure in San Francisco and the National Building Museum Washington DC.She is currently working with the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (BES), GreenWorks Landscape Architecture and KPFF Engineering to integrate art into the SE Clay Green Street. Other art and stormwater projects in Portland include: the RiverEast Plaza, the Vanport/Delta Park MAX Station and an Art Plan for the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant. Ms. Wysong has a MA in Art History, is a Journeyman Carpenter and is an Associate Professor at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA).

Date: Tuesday, January 15; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: City of Redwood City Council Chambers, 1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, CA

Workshop Purpose

Introduce history, principles, and ways to approach the development of budget-based water rates. Learn how incorporating budget-based water rates into your agency’s rate structure can achieve water savings.

A panel of leading experts will focus on the varying structures of budget-based water rates. Other topics will include specific case studies, strategies for presenting a budget-based water rate structure to decision makers, tips on educating customers, and lessons learned.

Workshop Overview


The participants should leave the workshop with an introductory understanding of:

  • What are budget-based water rates?
  • What is the purpose of implementing water budget–based rate srtructures?
  • How to design budget-based water rates
  • Pros and Cons
  • Variety of Approaches
  • Case Studies


  • City / Water Agency Staff
  • Elected Officials
  • Environmental NGOs
  • Water-related Business Owners
  • Interested citizens


Agenda Item    Description   Time        
Introductions 1:00-1:15
Panel Discussion This will be a moderated panel discussion including brief presentations and responses to specific questions. 1:15– 2:15
Audience Questions The audience will have the opportunity to have their questions answered by the expert panelists. 2:15– 3:00


Moderator and Panelists


Juliet Christian-Smith, Senior Research Associate, Pacific Institute
Dr. Juliet Christian-Smith’s research include agricultural water uses, comparative analyses of water governance structures, water reuse, and climate change.


Tom Ash, Consultant
Tom Ash has over 25 years of experience in the fields of water use efficiency, public education and horticulture. He was instrumental in the design and implementation of the first water budget tiered rate structure for Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD) in 1991. The IRWD rate design has been described as “the model” for such rates in the US by the EPA and resulted in a 61% reduction in landscape water use, reduced non-point source water pollution, stable agency revenues, and increased the customer satisfaction rate to over 90%.
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Dan Muelrath, Water Resources Sustainability Manager, City of Santa Rosa Utilities Department
Daniel Muelrath’s responsibilities include the implementation of the City’s Real-time ETo Budget Based Rate for irrigation meters which has resulted in large landscapes irrigating to 50% of local ETo.
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Steve Toler, Assistant City Manager, City of Foster City and the Estero Municipal Improvement District
Steve Toler is instrumental in implementing a conservation-based water rate structure in Foster City, including tiered water rates for residential properties and water budgets for irrigation customers. Since 2010, Foster City has reduced its water consumption by over 20%.
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Dr. Suresh Kumar Rohilla, Fulbright Fellow at IURD, UC Berkeley
Date: October 15, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location: Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza; Hearing Room 4, Second Floor; Oakland, CA 94612 (14th Street between Broadway and Clay Streets—12th Street Bart Station); 


The unprecedented pace of urbanization in developing world cities comes with challenges and opportunities for decision makers as well as practitioners. Dr. Rohilla will present an overview of water and sewage management in India based on a 71 cities— recent survey report “Excreta Matters” published by CSE New Delhi and examples/research findings from —“Water, City and Urban Planning: study of Delhi” (Rohilla 2012) published by the French Research Institute— Centre de Sciences Humaines, New Delhi.

Dr. Rohilla will discuss the issues, challenges and emerging agenda for reforms—(re)thinking water management in developing world cities—Will India follow the transition of rich world? Can Indian cities re-invent urban growth without pollution? Is it possible for Indian urban centres to become prosperous without more water —how is this going to be possible? What are the challenges and potential for the possible reform agenda—i.e. mainstreaming of water efficiency and conservation including reuse/recycle in India?

About the Speaker

Dr Suresh Kumar Rohilla—Fulbright Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Urban and Regional Development, University of California, Berkeley under the Fulbright Nehru Environmental Leadership Program 2012-13.

He is associated as the Programme Director—Water Management at the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), New Delhi. He holds a doctoral degree from Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK). He has postgraduate degrees in Regional Planning from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and another post graduate degree in Geography from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is an active member of various professional bodies and regularly writes in the national/international peer reviewed journal and books. His current research interests include mainstreaming environmental sustainability in developing world cities, water sensitive design/planning, low impact development/green infrastructure and public policy for sustainable development in developing countries.

Based on his expertise and 18 years experience he is nominated as expert member of the various national committees set up by Central/State Governments in India. Currently he has been nominated a member of the working group for the 12th Five Year Plan on ‘Environmental Sustainability of Indian Cities’, set up by the Planning Commission, Government of India; Member, working groups of National Sustainable Habitat Mission—part of the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) set up by the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate change, Government of India.


In partnership with Ecology Action and Santa Cruz Desal Alternatives our December 2011 forum focused on water neutral development. Following the example of communities in the East Bay and San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) recently approved a requirement that water service extensions in areas of aquifer and stream overdraft must result in a net decline in water demand on the system. Santa Cruz County is also drafting a water-neutral development policy.

This forum addressed:

  • Why Water-Neutral Growth?
  • How does it work?
  • What is the potential for future conservation to offset new development?


Randele Kanouse, Special Assistant to the General Manager, East Bay Municipal Utilities District, 1989-2011.
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In the 1990ʼs, EBMUD was asked to supply water for new developments at a time when District water sources were maxed out and growth would have made drought curtailments more severe. The District enacted a water-demand offset policy, requiring new developments to offset growth in water demand by funding conservation measures in the District.
John Ricker, Santa Cruz County Water Resources Director
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John is principal author of the Countyʼs draft water-neutral growth policy.
Ron Duncan, Conservation Manager for Soquel Creek Water District
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In 2003 the District enacted a water demand offset program for new development that funds toilet replacement in existing buildings. Duncan is studying how to continue his districtʼs water demand offset program once most old toilets are replaced.


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Who can complain about more food being grown both organically and locally, often by children in school gardens? Often urban gardens add to green spaces in urban areas, as well as providing learning centers for appropriate local sustainable practices that include soil and pest management, composting, bee keeping, livestock management, etc. Recently San Francisco passed an ordinance that allows urban farms to sell the food they grow, encouraging even more agriculture within the city.

Yet, the question that has been surfacing amongst water managers and legislators is where will the water come from to allow these urban agriculture and school gardens to flourish? Might they, by the laws of unintended consequences, create an even greater strain on already taxed California water supplies?

This month’s forum includes two specialists in both water management and urban agriculture to answer these questions with specific information about managing water in urban agriculture and school gardens in order to maximize effectiveness with minimal water.


Kevin Bayuk, Co-Founder and Partner, Lift Business Coaching and Urban Permaculture Institute
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Kevin will explore how we can manage our water use in the urban environment for productive use (urban agriculture) in ways that conserve more water than current landscape practices. Kevin will describe site-specific considerations for designing urban agriculture landscapes that conserve water through initial site layout, vegetation selection, soil management and cultural irrigation practices and techniques. He will also explore appropriate strategies for diversification of supply. Data and examples referenced will mostly be from within the city of San Francisco.
Kevin Bayuk is a co-founder and partner of Lift Business Coaching, leading local business and ventures into the next economy and the Urban Permaculture Institute. He serves on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Permaculture Guild and the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council. Kevin facilitates permaculture trainings and teaches food systems design with Earth Activist Training, and UC Berkeley Extension. He has helped his students and colleagues start and operate urban permaculture sites such as 18th and Rhode Island.
Jessie Raeder, Co-President, SalmonAid Foundation; Board Member, Hayes Valley Farm
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Jessie’s talk will provide the “why” when it comes to water conservation. She will address the current management of water resources in California and the environmental crisis that has resulted for our freshwater ecosystems, such as our rivers and the San Francisco Bay Delta Estuary. She will focus on the Tuolumne River, which provides tap water for much of the Bay Area and is a major source of agricultural water for California’s Central Valley.
Jessie Raeder is an activist and organizer working to protect California’s waterways and endangered species. In her day job with the Tuolumne River Trust, she works to get more water released for fish and wildlife. She is the Co-President of the SalmonAid Foundation and active in the movement to restore wild salmon to many rivers across the West Coast. As a member of the Board of Hayes Valley Farm, she is excited about the solutions that permaculture provides for the water issues she works on professionally.

Low Impact Development is gaining a foothold as cities seek effective, low-cost strategies to better care for watersheds, manage stormwater runoff flows and prevent stormwater pollution. Municipalities have been incorporating LID in a variety of ways—informally, within Green Street Guidelines, as codes and/or ordinances, and now increasingly through Municipal Regional Stormwater NPDES Permits (MRPs). Panelists discussed how LID strategies such as permeable pavement, curb cuts, rainwater harvesting, berms and swales, are incorporated into municipal stormwater management, looking to the past and to the future.


Eugene Bromley, NPDES Permits Office, EPA Region 9
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Eugene is currently the stormwater coordinator for EPA Region 9 in San Francisco, a position assumed in December 1988. EPA Region 9 includes the states of California, Arizona, Hawaii and Nevada. Eugene has about 30 years experience with EPA and 28 years in the NPDES permit program. He holds B.S and M.S. degrees in chemical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Matt Fabry, Program Coordinator – San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program
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Matthew Fabry serves as Program Coordinator for the San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program, a program of the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County, which assists San Mateo municipalities with stormwater compliance issues. He chairs the Countywide Program’s New Development Subcommittee and helped create the Program’s “Sustainable Green Streets and Parking Lots” program. He has over 16 years of experience in the water quality and stormwater fields and is a registered civil engineer.
Jennifer Krebs, Principal Planner, San Francisco Estuary Partnership
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Jennifer Krebs is a Principal Environmental Planner for San Francisco Estuary Partnership, a regional agency working to protect, restore, and enhance water quality and fish and wildlife habitat in and around the San Francisco Bay Delta Estuary. For the past five years, Jennifer has been trying to nurture a “coalition of willing” local governments to develop green infill projects. She is helping to frame and fund research studies of green infill, and convening a LID Leadership Group. Jennifer has also worked to develop two regional environmental recognition program: the Bay Area Green Business Program and EcoWise Certified for Structural Pest Control Companies. Jennifer has a B.S.F.S. in International Affairs and an M.A. in Geography.
Leslie Webster, Urban Watershed Management Program, SFPUC
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Leslie Webster has been working with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission in the Urban Watershed Management Program since 2007 where she implements the San Francisco Stormwater Design Guidelines. The Guidelines require all new development and redevelopment in San Francisco disturbing 5,000 square feet or more of the ground surface to manage stormwater on-site and give developers the tools to achieve compliance. She is a landscape architect and also studied city and regional planning at UC Berkeley.

The June 1st forum will offer you an insider’s view of rainwater catchment systems in Hawai`i. An estimated 30,000 to 60,000 people in Hawai`i are dependent on rainwater catchment systems for their water needs. Many of the subdivisions and areas dependent on rainwater are located on the Island of Hawai`i (Known as the Big Island). Rain is collected for all types of water uses both potable and non-potable, and is used in homes, businesses, government facilities and for agriculture. Trisha Macomber, who runs the rainwater catchment program for the University of Hawaii, will introduce you to a variety of topics including: typical systems; regulatory requirements and oversight; public health concerns; contaminant issues; treatment options and what kinds of treatment are actually being used by residents.


Patricia Macomber, University of Hawaii
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Trisha Macomber works as a cooperative extension educator for the University of Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. For the past twelve years she has run a highly successful water quality/quantity program that addresses the needs and concerns of people dependent on rainwater catchment systems for domestic, agricultural, and commercial water supply. She has received the University of Hawaii Outstanding Service Award and a Hawaii State Senate Certificate of Recognition for her rainwater catchment program. Macomber is the author of Guidelines on Rainwater Catchment Systems for Hawaii.
In addition to its role in maintaining a sustainable water balance in CA, water efficiency provides significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. However, large reductions in indoor water use will impact wastewater management systems, from collection through reclamation.

For example, reduced flow velocities in sewers could cause blockages and will certainly increase retention times, that could increase methane generation—an immediate hazard and a GHG emission. At wastewater treatment plants, reducing influent volumes without reducing organic loading might not reduce energy use even if process energy efficiency is significantly improved.

There are numerous strategies for adapting to reduced water use, but they will need to be integrated into long-term Master Plans for the design and operation of wastewater systems. A key concept to consider for long-term solutions would be integration of decentralized wastewater treatment—and reclamation. In the Bay Area, decentralization could also help move wastewater treatment away from low lying sites that will be threatened by rising sea levels. The purpose of this Wholly H2o event is to provide a realistic look at the technologies of decentralized on-site treatment and reclamation as a practical solution for achieving sustainability in the urban water cycle. What are the challenges and benefits of implementation?

Our speakers kicked-off the discussion of decentralization by providing detailed case studies on their work in decentralized wastewater treatment. Beyond the standard Q/A session, we elicited examples from the audience, and relevant comments.


Peter Haase, Civil and Environmental Engineer, Fall Creek Engineering
Case Studies on Small Community and Decentralized Wastewater Treatment, Reuse and Management.
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Bio: Peter Haase, M.S., P.E., a Principal Engineer with FCE, is a Registered Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California withover 26 years of professional experience in the field of civil,environmental, and water resources engineering. Peter has completeda broad range of engineering design and planning studies throughout California, China, Mexico, Hawaii, Fiji, and Honduras. Peter has directed the design and construction of various water and wastewater treatment plants, water recycling projects, stream and wetland restoration projects, and water quality studies. Peter has worked internationally since 1990 on a variety of water, sanitation and wastewater management projects for a variety of governmental and non-governmental organizations. Most recently Peter co-authored a technical guide on wastewater management in rural villages in China for the World Bank and Chinese Ministry of Construction. Peter participates on technical advisory committees pertaining to decentralized wastewater treatment and reuse.
Joe Soulia, Orenco
Case Studies: Implementation of Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Approaches in California
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Bio: Joe Soulia earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric Science from Oregon State University, where he studied fluid dynamics and thermodynamics, among other subjects. He has been with Orenco Systems, a company that designs and manufactures cutting-edge wastewater treatment systems, since 1992. Joe has worked extensively in Orenco’s Southwest Region and is now the Regional Sales and Technical Service Rep for California, Nevada, Alaska, and Hawaii. He had the opportunity to participate in the testing of Orenco’s nitrate-reducing textile filter technologies, setting up dozens of field-test sites and then providing countless trainings and workshops to distributors, regulators, designers, and engineers. In his current position, he also supervises system start-ups and provides guidance on operations, maintenance, and process control. On a personal note, Joe worked for a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet during high school, so he says that he’s had plenty of opportunity to “improperly dispose of my fair share of grease.”
Brent Bucknum, Owner, Designer, Hyphae Design Laboratory; Founder/Director, Urban BioFilter
Nutrient Recycling: Case Studies From 1200 to 2100
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Bio: Brent Bucknum lives and works in the former Wetlands of West Oakland, California. Brent is known for innovative ecological engineering and green infrastructure. His work includes the design of institutional, municipal, commercial, and residential-scale livingroofs, low impact stormwater projects, ecological landscapes, rainwater, greywater and ecological wastewater treatment systems. Brent founded the Hyphae Design Laboratory (; an ecological engineering, research and design firm dedicated to bridging the gap between innovative architecture and ecological restoration. Brent also founded and direct’s The Urban Biofilter (, a West Oakland-based Green Infrastructure non-profit, which is part of the Earth Island Institute. Their work is focused on designing and advocating for innovative approaches to bioremediation of air, water and soil in communities with severe environmental injustice issues. They’re approach includes community-based design solutions, and green jobs creation. They are working with the EPA on superfund site cleanup as well as green infrastructure masterplan for the redevelopment of the Oakland Army Base. From 2005-2008, Brent helped launch and served as the first design director for the Living Architecture department at Rana Creek, an ecological restoration and design firm based in Carmel Valley, California. Previously, he worked for Greenfield International, a brownfield remediation company in Cambridge, MA.

(April 4th Monthly Forum, Part II, addresses Technologies for Decentralized Wastewater Management)

In addition to its role in maintaining a sustainable water balance in CA, water efficiency provides significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. However, large reductions in indoor water use will impact wastewater management systems, from collection through reclamation.

For example, reduced flow velocities in sewers could cause blockages and will certainly increase retention times, that could increase methane generation—an immediate hazard and a GHG emission. At wastewater treatment plants, reducing influent volumes without reducing organic loading might not reduce energy use even if process energy efficiency is significantly improved.

There are numerous strategies for adapting to reduced water use, but they will need to be integrated into long-term Master Plans for the design and operation of wastewater systems. A key concept to consider for long-term solutions would be integration of decentralized wastewater treatment—and reclamation. In the Bay Area, decentralization could also help move wastewater treatment away from low lying sites that will be threatened by rising sea levels. Our purpose was to initiate discussion of the role of decentralized on-site treatment and reclamation as a practical solution for achieving sustainability in the urban water cycle.

Our speakers kicked off the discussion of decentralization by providing context and some examples. Beyond the standard Q/A session, we also elicited examples—pro and con—from the audience, and relevant comments.


John Rosenblum, Ph.D
John has evaluated energy efficiency improvements for many municipal water and wastewater agencies and facilities. Beyond energy efficiency for individual processes and equipment, John has evaluated the regional impacts of water efficiency measures on energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. In almost all cases he has found that combining water and energy efficiency is very cost-effective—and less risky—than expanding water supply and wastewater treatment infrastructure.
Harold Leverenz, Ph.D
Researcher at University of California, Davis; Registered Civil Engineer
Harold has conducted a number of research projects and developed models focused on the implementation of centralized, decentralized, and hybrid wastewater management systems, including aspects such as greenhouse gas emissions, energy requirements, and future trends.
Bahman Sheikh, Ph.D
Water Reuse Consultant
Bahman has performed centralized vs. satellite water recycling alternatives evaluation for several large and small water agencies in California and abroad. He is currently performing a similar analysis for a large water agency in the San Francisco Bay Area, using a multivariate decision tool and triple-bottom line analysis.
James Brezack
James has more than 25 years of experience in water resources and wastewater planning, including the master planning and design of water, sewer, water supply, and recycled water facilities. His project experience includes environmental planning and regulatory compliance for projects involving public and private clients. He is experienced in all phases of the interpretation of state and federal environmental policies.

Rainwater harvesting systems are springing up like weeds after the first rain! Intuitively we know that rainy season uses of rainwater for toilet flushing, laundry and myriad other commercial and industrial applications are where the benefits could be maximized. In this forum we explored how significant that potential is and what lies in the way of realizing it by examining current efforts in rainwater harvesting legislation, case studies and mathematical modeling for feasibility.


Neal Shapiro
CSM, Watershed Management Program Coordinator, City of Santa Monica Office of Sustainability & the Environment
Update on the proposed 2011 CA Rainwater Harvesting Act; comparison to other states; where we hope to go with rainwater regulation in CA.
Download PDF copy of AB 1834 Redux—Rainwater Capture Bill (195 KB)
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Brent Bucknum
Owner, Designer, Hyphae Design Laboratory
Case Study: Indoor Rainwater Systems. Download Presentation (14.2 MB)
John Russell
Owner, Principal Designer, WaterSprout Landscape Design and Construction
Case Study: Indoor Rainwater Systems. Download Presentation (27.1 MB)
Matthew Williamson
P.E., Associate, ARUP Engineers
Case Study: Indoor Rainwater use at CREATE Campus, Singapore; quantitative modeling. Download Presentation (1.1 MB)
Blog Post about the Indoor Use of Rainwater Forum by Sally Dominguez

Wholly H2O and co-sponsor Tuolumne River Trust organized the January discussion forum on Urban Water Management Planning at the City of Redwood City, City Council Chambers on January 10, 2011

Available fresh water will become increasingly scarce in the near future, so we all need to work together to conserve and recycle  water. Urban Water Management Plans (UWMPs) are one tool we can use to plan for the water supply challenges ahead. 

Forum Moderator: Art Jensen, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency (BAWSCA)


  • Peter Brostrom, Head of the Urban Water Use Unit, and SBx7-7 Urban Program Manager, California Department of Water Resources (DWR)
  • Catherine Elvert, Utility Account Representative, City of Palo Alto Utilities. Download Presentation (840 KB)
  • Molly Petrick, Water Resources Analyst, San Francisco Public Utilities (SFPUC) OR
  • Paula Kehoe, Manager of Water Resources, SFPUC
  • Justin Ezell, City of Redwood City, Public Works Superintendent, Water Utility Services. Download Presentation (807 KB)

This month Wholly H2o is addressing the topic of conservation through water pricing at the level of urban water agencies. We hope to highlight different utilities’ approaches, the barriers, and to establish what works most effectively.

Moderator: Conner Everts, Southern California Watershed Alliance, POWER


  • Tom Ash, Director of Conservation, HydroPoint Data Systems, Download Presentation (1.5 MB)
  • Dan Carney, RLA, Water Conservation Manager, MMWD
  • Ipek Connolly, Senior Resource Planner, Resource Management Division, City of Palo Alto, Download Presentation (446 KB)
  • Virginia Porter, Consultant, Virginia Porter Consulting Services, Download Presentation (70 KB)

Location: Jellyfish Gallery, 1286 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA


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  • Bridget Wetherall, Water Conservation Manager, Melbourne’s South East Water, Download Presentation (3.6 MB)


“You can’t manage what you don’t measure” is a business adage well-suited to the issue of water use. The lack of water use and reuse data deters water-saving strategies as well as developing the most appropriate policies and Best Management Practices. Benchmarking and water audits are measurement tools that can help residential, commercial, industrial, institutional and agricultural facility owners and managers learn where water is being wasted and which efficiency improvements will be most cost-effective. They are also vital tools for establishing much needed water use data. Join this expert panel discussion to unearth the dos and don’ts, the barriers, and usefulness of water measurement.

Special thanks to John Rosenblum

Wholly H2o sponsored panels at Bay Friendly Landscape Conference 2010


  • Brock Dolman
  • John Russel
  • Laura Allen
  • Bill Wilson
  • Susie Murray

Right as Rain: Stormwater Reduction Through Capture & Infiltration


  • Brock Dolman
  • John Russel

Rainwater is a water source that requires minimal filtration for use in rain gardens, or infiltrating onsite into soil where not needed for gardens. Rainwater harvesting, like all harvesting of alternative waters, should be considered as one of many strategies of integrated water management and low impact development. Two of the state’s most qualified rainwater experts, Brock Dolman Director of the OAEC Water Institute, and John Russell, owner of Water Sprout will untangle rainwater quality issues; discuss the pros and cons of harvesting rainwater for ornamental and food crop gardens; explain earthworks, rain gardens, system costs, and how to plan a water budget and estimate necessary storage.

Greywater in the Landscape: Year-Round Alternative Water Source


Graywater, a year round water source, is an essential component of integrated water management, particularly in California which has wet and dry seasons. Graywater experts Laura Allen of Greywater Action, Bill Wilson of Carlisle Macy and Susie Murray of the City of Santa Rosa’s Graywater Program, will share in-depth knowledge on the new CA Graywater code and localized adoption and civic graywater programs; explain how to match appropriate systems with specific site conditions, water quality and permitting issues; and discuss the successes and failures of implementing systems around the state.

Co-produced with American Institute of Architecture, Norcal


Low Impact Development for the Built Environment

Dr. Elizabeth Dougherty, Director, Wholly H2o

Elizabeth will be discussing what options are available to architects as they design for the most sustainable water use buildings, in the context of low impact development.

Incorporating Water Reuse Systems into the SFPUC’s New Office Building

Tom Turkington, Project Manager, KMD Architects

Tom will be discussing the integrated water management in the new SF Public Untility Commission’s new SF office building. The new building will feature rainwater harvesting, waterless urinals, greywater recycling, onsite water infiltration, a thermal chimney and more.

Greening the Urban Core: Off-grid Water Reuse Systems at the Heron’s Head EcoCenter

Laurie Schoeman, Project Manager, Heron’s Head EcoCenter

Laurie will be discussing the EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park. The landmark environment education center located in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point community features an array of cutting edge green building technologies including San Francisco’s first on-site waste treatment system; 15K gallons of rainwater harvesting, a full Low Impact Design Landscaping Pallette; a Vegetative Roof; and Stand-alone energy and heat generation.

Co-produced with the Water Conservation Showcase


Please join the Northern California chapter of the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) at our monthly meeting for rainwater professionals (and those that want to be them). We allow time before and after the meeting for networking.


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Charlene Burgi, MMWD
Charlene is a Water Conservation Specialist Supervisor for the Marin Municipal Water District. She will present a report back from the National ARCSA meetings in Georgia and also focus on creative and inventive methods of capturing rainwater and ways of promoting this concept to the public.

Bruce Hallinan, Aussie Rain Tanks
Bruce will talk about the latest developments in rain harvesting products and programs in Australia, what water authorities have done to promote rain harvesting and the growth of rain tank manufacturers for the US residential market.

Aussie Rain Tanks LLC was established to bring state of the art design and functionality developed in drought stricken Australia to the United States. Our head office is in San Jose, California and we currently distribute to contractors, landscapers and do-it-yourself homeowners within the San Francisco Bay Area. The residential rain tanks are produced by a variety of Australian and US manufacturers.

Aussie Rain Tanks LLC is owned by Bruce Hallinan, a dual Australian/US citizen, with over 20 years developing and marketing new consumer products. He is proud to supply products that help reduce domestic water consumption, save precious drinking water, keep gardens green and even look good in your side or backyard.


Tom Bressan and Jeff Parker of Urban Farmer