June 11, 2014

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Mark Hanna to Join Panel Discussing California Drought, Stormwater Capture

Mark Hanna, Ph.D., P.E., LEED AP, a water resources engineer and an Associate for Geosyntec Consultants based in California, is among a group of panelists invited to discuss California's historic drought and the water supply regulatory challenges related to stormwater runoff.

The upcoming panel will be one of several at a half-day conference, "A Call to Action: A Southern California Stormwater Meeting," sponsored by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG).

Dr. Hanna's panel, addressing "Successes and Challenges in Stormwater Capture," convenes at 10:30 a.m. June 13 at the headquarters of SCAG, 818 West 7th Street in Los Angeles. Attendance is free, but advance registration is requested for reserve seating. Once the panel convenes, a live video link will be available from SCAG for members of the public.

Regional experts in stormwater management have been invited to this interactive conference to develop practical strategies for overcoming some of California's biggest challenges in the area of stormwater capture. These include strategies for navigating regulatory approvals for stormwater management solutions and funding opportunities for new infrastructure investments. The conference goal is to help local communities find the assistance and resources they need to address current drought conditions.

Dr. Hanna's panel will address successful strategies for stormwater capture used in various areas of Southern California and how they can be accomplished throughout the region. In particular, he will share results from studies Geosyntec performed for the Water Replenishment District of Southern California and for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

His panel discussion will conclude with a review of the most promising approaches, given current challenges, to increasing the volume of stormwater captured across the region to benefit water supply and protect water quality.

At Geosyntec, Dr. Hanna's practice focuses on integrated water resources, hydrology and hydraulics, and groundwater and surface water management. His most recent experience includes the development of projects and master plans prioritizing water supply, water quality, and flood risk management.

Founded in 1965, SCAG is a Joint Powers Authority under California state law, established as an association of local governments and agencies that voluntarily convene as a forum to address regional issues. The SCAG region encompasses six counties (Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura) and 191 cities in an area covering more than 38,000 square miles.

For more information, contact Mark Hanna in Los Angeles at 310-957-6113 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..