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.
|Audrey Levine ||Supervising Water Quality Specialist || |
(831) 454-2736 (office)
Manages the Water Quality Program and Directs the Water Quality Laboratory.
|Matt Bessee ||Water Quality Specialist || |
Laboratory and field investigations to evaluate microbiological and chemical water quality with an emphasis on indicator bacteria, microbial source tracking, and nutrients. Manage field sampling program to meet montioring requirements of State and Federal Beach Saety Program and Clean Water Act (Total Maximum Daily Loads, Stormwater). Conduct water quality invesigations and forensic analysis of drinking water, groundwater, and ambient water systems.
|April Woods, M.S. ||Water Quality Specialist || |
Laboratory and field investigations to evaluate microbiological and chemical water quality with an emphasis on cyanobacteria and algal toxins, geochemical parameters, herbicides, and indicator bacteria. Manage laboratory quality assurance program and laboratory safety programs in accordance with Environmental Laboratory Accredidtation Program (ELAP).
|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) 454-2145 || |
Lead 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, provides staff support to Groundwater Sustainability efforts in both the Santa Cruz Mid-County and Santa Margarita Groundwater agencies with particular focus on surface water interactions, manages groundwater recharge project implementation, and contributes to Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWMP), among other sustainability efforts.
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