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Water Resources Staff

 

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Name Role Phone Responsibilities
John Ricker Water Resources Division Director (831) 454-2750

Manages the Water Resources sections of Environmental Health Services. Coordinates water resource management activities among the other county departments and works closely with other local, state, and federal water supply and resource management agencies in the County and the Central Coast. He is on the Steering Committee and is the designated lead contact for the Santa Cruz Integrated Regional Water Management Program.

Matt Bessee Water Quality Specialist (831) 454-5010

Monitors water quality in beaches, streams, storm water conveyances and groundwater monitoring wells. Collects samples, and conducts lab work and performs annual wastewater system rechecks. Matt also investigates wastewater complaints and coordinates findings with Land Use staff.

David(pH) Steinbruner Water Quality Specialist (831) 454-5462

Water quality efforts, including sample collection, stream flow measurement, lab analysis, shallow groundwater monitoring, mussel sampling, plankton and algae sampling, beach posting, public notification, problem investigation, and data entry of septic system information.

Kristen Kittleson Fishery Resource Planner (831) 454-3154

Watershed programs and projects to preserve and enhance steelhead trout, Coho salmon and aquatic habitats.  Serves as the administrative staff for the County of Santa Cruz Fish and Game Advisory Commission and is the project manager for an annual stream habitat and juvenile steelhead monitoring program.

Nathan Salazar Water Quality Specialist (831) 454-3133

Technical assistance and data review for the drinking water program to ensure that the small water systems (5-199 service connections) in the county are providing safe drinking water to their customers and are in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations. Conducts groundwater monitoring program and assists fishery conservation efforts, including habitat surveys, report preparation, and outreach.

Sierra Ryan Water Resources Planner (831) 454-3133

Lead for water conservation efforts, greywater systems, manages groundwater recharge project implementation, and contributes to Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWMP), among other sustainability efforts.

Troy Boone Environmental Health Specialist (831) 454-3069

Lead for drinking water program. Oversees regulation of the 45 state small water systems (with 5 to 14 service connections) in our county and approximately 90 small public water systems delegated from the State to our agency, including 12 systems that treat surface water. Works to ensure compliance with standards related to well design, water quality, sampling, treatment, system design/storage, operational and organizational management.  Also assist water systems as a technical resource in interpreting, updating, and implementing changes in industry standards as well as Local, State, and Federal law, including implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.