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  • ELAP Review Panel to hold first meeting March 17-19

    February 27, 2015:

    SCCWRP will host the State of California’s Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP) Expert Review Panel during its first meeting May 17-19. 

    During the first day of the meeting, which the public is welcome to attend, the Panel will be hearing presentations about the program prior to deliberations. On Day 2, the Panel will go into closed session to deliberate, and then publicly report out on its deliberations on Day 3.

    The Panel’s mission is to comprehensively examine the environmental lab accreditation process in California and develop recommendations for improving it. 

    California’s accreditation process is designed to ensure that the State’s drinking water, wastewater, shellfish, food and hazardous waste programs have access to consistent, high-quality data. All California environmental testing laboratories are required to go through this accreditation process prior to providing analytical data used for state regulatory purposes. 

    For more information about the Panel members, the charge to the Panel, and the agenda for the first meeting, go to For more information about the Panel and the meeting, please contact Dr. Steve Weisberg.

  • SCCWRP scientist featured in podcast on stream biomonitoring programs

    February 18, 2015:

    SCCWRP freshwater biologist Dr. Raphael Mazor has been featured in a new podcast from the international Society for Freshwater Science discussing his research on biomonitoring of stream ecosystems.

    The 19-minute podcast, part of the science group’s monthly “Making Waves” series, consists of an in-depth conversation between Mazor and host Eric Moody talking about his work and the challenges of creating effective biomonitoring programs for streams in California, including intermittent streams.

    Mazor, a senior scientist at SCCWRP since 2006, specializes in using benthic macroinvertebrates, periphyton, and other aquatic organisms to develop and evaluate stream bioassessment programs in Mediterranean climates. 

    The podcast is available for free on the Society for Freshwater Science website. For more information, contact Dr. Raphael Mazor.

  • State report sums up workshop held at SCCWRP on recycled water research needs

    February 11, 2015:

    The State Water Board has published a report summarizing a day-long workshop on recycled water research needs that was held at SCCWRP in October. 

    The workshop on Recycled Water Research Needs in California brought together 57 invited leaders from stormwater, wastewater treatment and drinking water entities, as well as staff from the State Water Board and its Regional Boards. 

    The workshop culminated with informal voting by participants on where they saw the greatest research needs. Participants identified ambient water effects and human health concerns as high-priority research areas. Topping this list were topics including changes in stream flow due to changing water use and the impacts of constituents of emerging concern. Other important topics such as performance reliability, training and certification of treatment plant operators, and social acceptance of direct potable reuse were also identified.  

    SCCWRP collaborated with two of the nation’s leading recycled water organizations – the National Water Research Institute (NWRI) and the WateReuse Research Foundation (WRRF) – in developing the technical foundation materials and presentations for the workshop. 

    The full workshop summary may be viewed on the State Water Board’s website. For more information, contact Dr. Steve Weisberg.

  • SCCWRP scientist featured in special magazine issue on women in oceanography

    February 03, 2015:

    SCCWRP biological oceanographer Dr. Meredith Howard has been featured in a special issue of The Oceanography Society’s magazine that examines the contributions and progress made by women in the field of oceanography over the past decade. 

    The special issue, “Women in Oceanography: A Decade Later,” chronicles efforts to bring gender balance to a profession dominated by men. A one-page autobiographical essay penned by Howard for the magazine discusses her journey to becoming an oceanographer and how she’s been able to find a proper work-life balance. 

    The Oceanography Society, based in Washington, D.C., published the “Women in Oceanography: A Decade Later” issue as a supplement to its December 2014 magazine. It may be viewed for free online; Howard’s autobiographical essay appears on Page 141 of the magazine.

    For more information, contact Dr. Meredith Howard

  • SCCWRP’s Surfer Health Study gets strong media coverage as full study kicks off

    February 02, 2015:

    A SCCWRP study that will ascertain how the health of surfers during Southern California’s rainy winter months is impacted by stormwater runoff has generated extensive coverage by mainstream media and surfing news outlets. 

    In December, the Santa Ana-based Orange County Register newspaper published a lengthy piece on the Surfer Health Study and the range of ways that local surfers have dealt with the uncertainty that surrounds the three days following rainfall. 

    Huntington Beach-based surfing news site Surfline, meanwhile, referenced the study in an online story that generated more than 100 comments and was viewed more than 40,000 times. And the San Clemente-based surfing organization Surfrider Foundation, which is a study partner, published a blog post from senior staff scientist Rick Wilson about the purpose and goals of the study.

    LA Observed, a blog covering Los Angeles news, politics, business and media, also wrote about the importance of the study in a news commentary post.

    The Surfer Health Study, which began with a pilot study that launched in December 2013, is focused on assessing whether microbes carried by runoff that flows through storm drains to the ocean are making surfers sick. The full study kicked off on December 1, 2014; the findings will be published in 2016.

    For more information, contact lead study author Ken Schiff.

  • SCCWRP scientist wins visiting-scholar fellowship from Australia’s University of Melbourne

    December 05, 2014:

    SCCWRP hydrogeologist Dr. Ashmita Sengupta has won a competitive grant from the University of Melbourne’s engineering school to visit the university next year as a MERIT Visiting Scholar.
    Sengupta plans to spend approximately one week at the University of Melbourne in summer 2015 interacting with faculty and delivering a seminar talk on water management in drought-prone areas. The MERIT Visiting Scholar program, sponsored by the Melbourne School of Engineering, is awarded to academic scholars of exceptional international distinction, according to program officials.
    Sengupta’s research at SCCWRP focuses on applying modeling techniques to evaluate and improve the efficacy and impact of Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) strategies, and to evaluate tradeoffs. She also models stress responses in receiving waterbodies due to watershed activities.
    Sengupta was nominated for the award by research collaborators at the University of Melbourne. SCCWRP became a collaborator with the University of Melbourne through both entities’ participation in the University of California, Irvine’s Water Partnerships for International Research and Education (UCI Water-PIRE), an initiative funded by the National Science Foundation that seeks to strengthen collaboration between leading water-productivity researchers in southeastern Australia and the southwestern United States.
    Sengupta, along with Dr. Eric Stein and Dr. Martha Sutula, represents SCCWRP in the two-nation partnership; they are working with Australian researchers on how to effectively capture and reuse water runoff and restore urban watersheds to more natural states.
    For more information, contact Dr. Ashmita Sengupta.

    Dr. Ashmita Sengupta