Dr. Lorien Fono, Executive Director of the Bay Area Clean Water Agencies (BACWA), and David Senn, Senior Scientist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute, will describe efforts between the clean water community, regulators, and scientists to work collaboratively toward a San Francisco Bay nutrient management policy informed by science. Following this summer’s algal bloom, Bay area wastewater treatment facilities are committed to reducing nutrients discharged to the San Francisco Bay. Dr. Fono will discuss how a strategic regional approach to nutrient reduction can achieve multiple benefits in terms of climate change resilience and minimize the burden on ratepayers to fund this important work.
About Our Speakers:
Lorien Fono is the Executive Director of the Bay Area Clean Water Agencies (BACWA), a joint powers agency whose members include the many municipalities and special districts that provide sanitary sewer services to more than 7.1 million people. She has more than 17 years of experience in wastewater, recycled water, stormwater regulatory compliance, water resources management, and wastewater treatment planning. Dr. Fono holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Toronto, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering and Science, both from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer in California.
David Senn is a Senior Scientist at SFEI, Co-Director of SFEI’s Clean Water program, and Lead Scientist for the Bay Area Nutrient Management Program. He received his PhD in civil and environmental engineering from MIT, where he studied the interactions between nitrogen pollution and iron and arsenic cycling in contaminated urban lakes. Subsequently, as a researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health, he conducted contaminant fate, transport, and exposure studies, including investigating mercury cycling, bioaccumulation, and human exposure in the Gulf of Mexico. From 2007-2011, he worked at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag), studying the ecological impacts of large dams in the Zambezi River Basin in southern Africa