Jeremiah Bergstrom, LLA, ASLA,
Senior Research Project Manager, Water Resources Program
Rutgers Cooperative Extension
Jeremiah is a licensed Landscape Architect with a background in green infrastructure, stormwater best management practice design, native plant materials, ecological restoration, watershed planning, GIS and data management. He has extensive experience in design and implementation of distributed and disconnected stormwater management strategies in urban and suburban landscapes. He has an in-depth background in the inventory and analysis of natural, recreational, historic, and scenic resources in regional and watershed planning. Jeremiah has been responsible for design development, environmental permitting, construction documents, technical specifications, cost estimating, public bidding, and construction administration of multiple landscape design, stormwater management, and ecological restoration projects. Jeremiah frequently facilitates planning and design efforts for multi-discipline collaborations and implements a majority of his work in partnership with nonprofit, academic, municipal, and county entities. Jeremiah also conducts training programs and lectures on green infrastructure strategies, rain garden design, and water conservation as well as environmentally sensitive and sustainable site planning.
Rosana Da Silva,
Program Associate, Water Resources Program
Rutgers Cooperative Extension
Rosana graduated in May 2011 from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey with a B.S. in Environmental Sciences and a minor in Education and graduated in January 2016 from the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey with an Education Masters (Ed.M.) in Science Education. Rosana interned with the Water Resources Program from May 2010 to August 2011. During her internship, Rosana developed and delivered educational outreach programs to urban communities throughout New Jersey. Rosana has participated in the construction and maintenance of rain gardens, assisted in rain barrel workshops, and developed evaluation tools to measure the impact of outreach programs delivered. As a Program Associate, Rosana continues to develop, deliver, and evaluate educational and outreach programs to address water resources issues in New Jersey. Rosana also organizes, coordinates, and builds partnerships to establish municipal action teams focusing on green infrastructure initiatives within New Jersey’s urban communities. She provides support to the Water Resources Program’s marketing and social media engagement activities to increase awareness of water resources in the state and continues to participate in the planning, construction oversight, and maintenance of green infrastructure projects.
Christopher C. Obropta, Ph.D., P.E.
Extension Specialist in Water Resources, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental & Biological Sciences, Rutgers University
Chris has a doctorate in Civil Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, an M.S. in Civil Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Rutgers, Dr. Obropta was an environmental consultant for 12 years at Omni Environmental Corporation. Dr. Obropta has a background in watershed management, water quality modeling, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, and coastal engineering. His specific experience includes watershed restoration, onsite wastewater treatment system design and management, wasteload allocations and TMDL studies, stormwater management, wetland design, effluent dilution analyses, longshore sediment transport, computer-aided design, and geographic information systems (GIS). He teaches Bioresource Engineering Design I & II, where he directs student design teams to develop solutions to complex real-life engineering problems.
With his extensive and impressive background Dr. Obropta leads his highly specialized team of professional staff who are determined to create innovative solutions to water quality issues in New Jersey.
Assistant City Manager, City of Eugene
Sarah was appointed to the role of Assistant City Manager on Feb. 15, 2009, after serving in an interim capacity for the previous six months. Before accepting this new challenge, Sarah held several positions at the City of Eugene and was most recently the Director of Recreation Services. Since joining the organization in 1996, she has gained a wide range of experience and increasing responsibility through her work in the Parks and Open Space and Engineering divisions of Public Works, and with the Library, Recreation and Cultural Services Department. This experience has given her a thorough knowledge of the organization as a front-line service provider and as a division leader.
Sarah headed to the Pacific Northwest after completing her bachelor’s degree at Colorado State University in 1989. After working in the Seattle area for several years, she moved to Eugene to pursue a second bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in Landscape Architecture.
Throughout her tenure as a City employee, Sarah has sought out opportunities to work with the community through efforts such as the Neighborhood Empowerment Initiative, Eugene 08 Track and Field Trials, the Homeless Initiative and early leadership in the development of the City’s Diversity program.
Though a Texan by birth, Sarah considers Eugene her permanent home and is eagerly anticipating all that our community has to offer as spring and summer approach.
Watershed Management Director
Clean Water Services
Bruce has been instrumental in developing creative regulatory frameworks to address listed species under the Endangered Species Act, drinking water protection and treatment, and wastewater resource recovery with an eye to public health. Bruce holds a Doctorate in Environmental Sciences and a double Master’s degree in Public Health and Microbiology.
Clean Water Program Manager
Carrie manages the Clean Water program at Willamette Partnership, a conservation non-profit that works across the Northwest. Her work focuses on demonstrating how nature can support clean water, finding new ways to fund good work on the ground, and building partnerships to support lasting change in how we manage water resources. Previous to her role at Willamette Partnership, Carrie worked in conservation and restoration with state and federal agencies and research institutions for the better part of a decade. She currently serves on the board of the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District. She has a Masters of Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, and a B.S. in Biology from Iowa State University.
Urban Forestry Management Analyst
City of Eugene, Oregon
Scott spends his days working to connect people with trees and the natural environment. His main focus is on strategic planning, program development, public education and stakeholder engagement. Prior to joining the City of Eugene in 2005, Scott worked for many years as a commercial arborist and forest surveyor throughout the Pacific Northwest. Scott has a B.A. in Classics (Latin, Greek, and Ancient Philosophy) from the University of Oregon and is currently working on a graduate certificate in Urban Forestry through Oregon State University. Scott was a recipient of the International Society of Arboriculture’s 2017 True Professionals of Arboriculture award and currently serves on the board for the Society of Municipal Arborists.
Olympic Region Water Resources Regional Specialist
and serves as WSU Extension’s Water Resources Program Leader. He has over 25 years of experience in providing community based natural resource stewardship and conservation programs focusing on water quality in the Puget Sound region. Over the past twelve years he has focused much of his work on stormwater management issues through his extension programming efforts. He has served as the chairperson of the Washington Governor’s Council on Environmental Education and led the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture’s PNW Watershed Management Education Program.
Urban Waters and Wildlife Program
Long Tom Watershed Council
Sarah is a landscape architect with over 20 years experience designing ecologically sensitive landscapes. The last 4 years, she has managed the Urban Waters and Wildlife Program for the Long Tom Watershed Council (LTWC), focusing on Trout Friendly Landscapes which entails working closely with commercial and industrial businesses to voluntarily install green stormwater infrastructure and other water quality improvement strategies. Prior to working with LTWC, Sarah was the principle instructor for the Water Conservation Technician Program at Lane Community College after closing the muti-disciplinary firm Habitats Inc which she co-founded and was the principle landscape designer for 13 years. Sarah has a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon, and a Fine Arts Management Degree from the University of Long Island at Southampton, and is a certified Sustainable Building Advisor.
Washington Department of Ecology
Doug Howie has more than 30 years experience in planning, design, and construction of stormwater projects. He is a stormwater engineer for the Department of Ecology working with permit managers to assist jurisdictions throughout the state in meeting their Permit requirements. He also manages the TAPE program where Ecology evaluates emerging technologies for use in Washington State. He is the Grant Manager for several Ecology funded research evaluating treatment capabilities of bioretention and water treatment residuals. Doug is a licensed PE in Washington and Idaho, a Life Member of ASCE, and an Adjunct Professor in Civil Engineering at St. Martin’s University in Lacey, WA.
Associate Professor, Environmental Economics
Washington State University
Joseph Cook joined the School of Economic Sciences at Washington State University as an Associate Professor in August 2017 after ten years in the Evans School of Public Policy at the University of Washington. His research focus has primarily been on water and sanitation policy in low-income countries, water resources economics and policy, and nonmarket valuation. He has a new focus on green infrastructure and has an appointment with WSU Extension and the Washington Stormwater Center. He has conducted 12 household surveys in six countries, and is a Research Associate with the Kenya center of the Environment for Development initiative. Consulting assignments have included work for the Asian Development Bank, the Hopi Tribe in Arizona, and the Washington State legislature.
Tree Program Coordinator
Bureau of Environmental Services
City of Portland
Jennifer Karps has an M.S. in biogeography, is an ISA-certified arborist and municipal specialist, and has over twenty years’ academic and practical experience in plant ecology, environmental science, and forest dynamics with a focus on urban environments. Since 2002, Jennifer has developed and supported programs for the city of Portland’s Urban Forestry and Watershed Services groups. Currently, Jennifer implements partnership-based tree planting and education programs for the City and teaches undergraduate and graduate-level resource management courses in the Geography Department at Portland State University.
Professor, Urban Studies and Planning;
Research Director, Institute for Sustainable Solutions;
Director, Sustaining Urban Places Research (SUPR) Lab;
Portland State University
Vivek Shandas is a Professor of Urban Studies and Planning and the Research Director for the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University. Dr.Shandas’ research aims to address policy relevant questions by examining the feedbacks among urban form, governance systems, and human health and well being. This talk will provide a summary of over a decade of research examining the implications of development patterns on tree canopy in the Portland metro region, with a specific emphasis on the role of trees in mediating urban heat, air quality, and residential energy use. Dr.Shandas serves as Chair of the City of Portland’s Urban Forestry Commission, and is a Principal at CAPA Strategies, LLC, a global consulting group that helps communities prepare for climate-induced disruptions.