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Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Review of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection Operations Support Tool for Water Supply. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25218.
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Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff

Debra S. Knopman (Chair) is a principal researcher at the RAND Corporation, a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and former Vice President and Director of RAND Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment. Dr. Knopman’s expertise is in hydrology, environmental and natural resources policy, systems analysis and operations research, and public administration. Her project work spans a range of topics including long-term water management, policy options for disposition of nuclear waste, governance and funding of the U.S. Gulf Coast recovery, the design of the Qatar National Research Fund, and urban responses to a changing climate. She served for six years (1997–2003) as a member of the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board and chaired the board’s Site Characterization Panel. She was the director of the Progressive Policy Institute’s Center for Innovation and the Environment from 1995 to 2000. From 1993 to 1995, Dr. Knopman was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, U.S. Department of the Interior. She had previously been a research hydrologist at the U.S. Geological Survey and later chief of the Branch of Systems Analysis in the USGS’s Water Resources Division. From 1979 to 1983, she served first as legislative assistant for energy and environmental issues to Senator Daniel P. Moynihan and then as professional staff member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Dr. Knopman has served on more than ten National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committees and boards. She received her B.A. in chemistry from Wellesley College, her M.S. in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her Ph.D. in geography and environmental engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Review of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection Operations Support Tool for Water Supply. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25218.
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Monica B. Emelko is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Waterloo and the director of the Water Science, Technology and Policy Group. She is also cross-appointed in the School of Planning and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Dr. Emelko’s research is focused on drinking water supply and treatment, particularly as related to sustainable technology design and optimization, risk analysis, integrated resource management, climate change impacts on water, water quality monitoring and modeling, and the protection of public health. She is the Co-principal investigator of the Southern Rockies Watershed Project, which is evaluating the initial and long-term effects of both natural disturbance by wildfire and anthropogenic disturbance by forest harvesting on hydrology, water quality, aquatic ecology, and treatability. Her ongoing work involves active participation from over a dozen utilities and conservation authorities across Canada and the United States. Currently she is acting as a technical advisor to federal and provincial/state agencies in Canada, the United States, and Australia regarding regulatory development related to drinking water treatment, source water protection, and integrated resource management. Dr. Emelko holds B.S. degrees in both chemical engineering and environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; an M.S. in civil engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles; and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Paul L. Freedman is the co-founder, president, and CEO of LimnoTech, a national science and engineering firm specializing in water quality issues for over 40 years. Mr. Freedman has worked directly on hundreds of watershed and lake management projects all across the United States for clients including state and federal agencies, municipalities, and industries. He has been particularly involved in projects focused on controlling runoff of nutrients, sediments, and bacteria from storms and the implementation of best management practices and green infrastructure to control these problems. He has also lectured on computer modeling, watershed management, wet weather issues, permitting, sustainability and many other environmental issues. He is a past president of the Water Environment Federation. He has been involved in several regional and national program review panels, including two for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine focused on watershed management in the Mississippi River basin. He is a licensed professional engineer in several states and a board certified environmental engineer of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. He received his B.S. degree in engineering and his M.S. degree in water resources and civil engineering from the University of Michigan.

Jerome B. Gilbert (NAE) is a consulting engineer based in Orinda, California. His interests and expertise include integrated water supply, water-quality

Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Review of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection Operations Support Tool for Water Supply. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25218.
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planning, and management. Mr. Gilbert has managed local and regional utilities, and has developed basin/watershed water-quality and protection plans. He has supervised California’s water rights and water quality planning and regulatory activities, chaired the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, and led national and international water and water research associations. His areas of experience include authorship of state and national water legislation on water rights, pollution control, water conservation, and urban water management; optimization of regional water project development; groundwater remediation and conjunctive use; economic analysis of alternative water improvement projects; and planning of multipurpose water management efforts including remediation. He has served on national panels related to control and remediation of ground- and surface-water contamination, the National Drinking Water Advisory Council, and ten previous National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committees. Mr. Gilbert is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He received his B.S. from the University of Cincinnati and his M.S. from Stanford University.

Robert M. Hirsch is a research hydrologist at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The focus of his research is the description and understanding of long-term variability and change in surface-water quality and streamflow. From 1994 through May 2008, he served as the chief hydrologist of the USGS. In this capacity, Dr. Hirsch was responsible for all USGS water science programs, which encompass research and monitoring of the nation’s groundwater and surface water resources, including issues of water quantity as well as quality. Dr. Hirsch has received numerous honors from the federal government and from nongovernmental organizations, including the 2006 American Water Resources Association’s William C. Ackermann Medal for Excellence in Water Management, and has twice been conferred the rank of Meritorious Senior Executive by the President of the United States. He is co-author of the textbook Statistical Methods in Water Resources. Dr. Hirsch is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and an active member of the American Geophysical Union and the American Water Resources Association, and he has served on four National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committees. Dr. Hirsch received a B.A. in geology from Earlham College, an M.S. in geology from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.

Kimberly L. Jones is a professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Howard University. She previously worked as an associate and assistant professor in that department from 1996 to 2009. Dr. Jones’ research interests include developing membrane processes

Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Review of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection Operations Support Tool for Water Supply. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25218.
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for environmental applications, physical-chemical processes for water and wastewater treatment, remediation of emerging contaminants, drinking water quality, and environmental nanotechnology. Dr. Jones currently serves on the Science Advisory Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as chair of the Drinking Water Committee of the Science Advisory Board. She has served on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Water Science and Technology Board and several committees and the Board of Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, where she was secretary of the board. She received her B.S. from Howard University, her M.S. from the University of Illinois, and her Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.

Cynthia E. Rosenzweig is a senior research scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Goddard Institute for Space Studies, where she heads the Climate Impacts Group. The mission of the group is to investigate the interactions of climate with systems and sectors important to ecological and human well-being. She is co-chair of the New York City Panel on Climate Change, a body of experts convened by the mayor to advise the city on adaptation for its critical infrastructure. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Dr. Rosenzweig joins impact models with climate models to project future outcomes of both land-based and urban systems under altered climate conditions. She co-led the Metropolitan East Coast Regional Assessment of the U.S. National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change, sponsored by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. She was a coordinating lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group II Fourth Assessment Report. Dr. Rosenzweig holds adjunct appointments as a senior research scientist at the Columbia University Earth Institute and at Barnard College. She has served on eight committees of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, including the Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change. She received an M.S. in soil and crop science from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. degree in plant, soil, and environmental sciences from the University of Massachusetts.

Karen S. Sklenar is a senior scientist with the Cadmus Group. Dr. Sklenar has over 27 years of experience in the area of water quality from the perspectives of an academic researcher, water utility employee, state regulator, and consultant. In particular, her experiences with helping to implement New York State’s drinking water program have given her a comprehensive understanding of drinking water issues and regulations. She is an expert in source water protection, having served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator for three Water Research Foundation projects, including one that developed a preliminary framework for evaluating source

Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Review of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection Operations Support Tool for Water Supply. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25218.
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water protection programs intended to protect drinking water quality. She was the lead technical author for New York State’s Source Water Assessment Guidance Manual. Dr. Sklenar has also trained regulators and public water system operators on such drinking water regulations as the Stage 1 and Stage 2 Disinfectants/Disinfection By-products Rule, the long-term Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule, the Ground Water Rule, and Phase II/V contaminants. She prepared primacy packages for New York State with respect to various regulations under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Dr. Sklenar received her B.A. from Yale University and her Ph.D. in environmental engineering science from the University of California at Berkeley.

John E. Tobiason is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Dr. Tobiason has over 35 years of research, teaching, and consulting experience in environmental engineering, mostly related to drinking water supply, treatment, and distribution, with a focus on coagulation, oxidation, dissolved air flotation, media and membrane filtration, and other physicochemical processes for drinking water treatment. He has directed research on the hydrodynamics and water quality of the drinking water supply reservoirs for the metropolitan Boston area for over 20 years. He is a past president of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors and is a member of the Journal Editorial Board for the Journal American Water Works Association. He is a registered professional engineer (NH) and is board certified by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. Dr. Tobiason earned his B.S. in civil engineering from the University of New Hampshire, his M.S. in environmental engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.

James G. Uber is principal and CEO of CitiLogics, LLC, a software technology firm located in Cincinnati, Ohio, and professor emeritus of environmental engineering at the University of Cincinnati, where he has served as the director of the Environmental Engineering Division and the director of the Center for Sustainable Urban Engineering. His interests are in the development and application of numerical methods and mathematical optimization approaches for the simulation, design, control, and operation of complex environmental and water resource systems, particularly drinking water distribution systems. He has developed software tools to help water utilities better manage their assets, most recently as a co-developer of the TEVA-SPOT water security software and the EPANET-MSX multispecies water quality simulation package. Dr. Uber has collaborated with epidemiologists and water quality specialists to help estimate the microbial health risks associated with drinking water distribution systems, with elec-

Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Review of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection Operations Support Tool for Water Supply. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25218.
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trical and controls engineers to work on automatic feedback control of water quality in spatially distributed distribution systems, and with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to design and analyze monitoring and surveillance systems to mitigate the risks associated with intentional contamination of drinking water. In 2006, Dr. Uber received the ASCE Service to the Profession award for development of tools for improving the design and operation of water distribution systems. He received his B.S. in civil engineering from Bradley University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Eric F. Wood (NAE) is the Susan Dod Brown Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. His research area is hydroclimatology with an emphasis on the modeling and analysis of the global water and energy cycles through land surface modeling, satellite remote sensing, and data analysis. This includes the monitoring and forecasting of drought, hydrologic impacts from climate change, and seasonal hydrologic forecasting. He participates in Global Energy and Water EXchange (GEWEX) activities to develop long-term data records for climate studies. He has been a Science Team member on the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) Aqua/Terra AMSR-E and MODIS instruments, the NASA Global Precipitation Mission, and the NASA soil moisture SMAP mission. For UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), he has guided the development of a Global Flood and Drought Monitoring and Forecasting system. Dr. Wood has received many honors, including a Doctor Honoris Causa from Gent University (Belgium) in 2011, and he is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the American Geophysical Union. Dr. Wood received his B.A.Sc. in civil engineering from the University of British Columbia and his S.M., C.E., and Sc.D. in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Laura J. Ehlers is a senior staff officer for the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Since joining the National Academies in 1997, she has served as the study director for more than 20 committees, including the Committee to Review the New York City Watershed Management Strategy, the Committee on Bio-availability of Contaminants in Soils and Sediment, the Committee on Assessment of Water Resources Research, the Committee on Reducing Stormwater Discharge Contributions to Water Pollution, and the Committee to Review EPA’s Economic Analysis of Final Water Quality Standards for Nutrients for Lakes and Flowing Waters in Florida. Dr. Ehlers has periodically consulted

Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Review of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection Operations Support Tool for Water Supply. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25218.
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for EPA’s Office of Research Development regarding their water quality research programs. She received her B.S. from the California Institute of Technology, majoring in biology and engineering and applied science. She earned both an M.S.E. and a Ph.D. in environmental engineering at the Johns Hopkins University.

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New York City’s water supply system is one of the oldest, largest, and most complex in the nation. It delivers more than 1.1 billion gallons of water each day from three upstate watersheds (Croton, Catskill, and Delaware) to meet the needs of more than eight million people in the City, one million people in Westchester, Putnam, Orange, and Ulster counties, and millions of commuters and tourists who visit the City throughout the year. The Catskill and Delaware portions, which make up about 90 percent of the supply, receive no filtration or treatment other than disinfection, except for rare instances of high turbidity when a coagulant is added to increase deposition of suspended solids. The remaining 10 percent of the supply comes from the Croton watershed and receives treatment via filtration.

The drinking water supply is managed by the Bureau of Water Supply within the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP). To continue to avoid filtration of the Catskill/Delaware portion of the water supply, in 2007, NYC DEP reexamined its control of turbidity in the Catskill portion of the water supply, including both structural improvements to the system and operational changes. The Operations Support Tool (OST) was developed as part of these efforts. OST couples models of reservoir operations and water quality; it uses real-time data on streamflow, snow pack, water quality, reservoir levels, diversions, and releases; and it incorporates streamflow forecasts—all in order to predict future reservoir levels, water delivery to customers, and water quality within the system. These predictions inform the system operators, who then make decisions based on the most current data and forecasts.

This report reviews the use of OST in current and future reservoir operations. It considers potential ways in which the City can more effectively use OST, makes recommendations for additional performance measures, and reviews the potential effects of climate change on the City’s water supply to help identify and enhance understanding of areas of potential future concern with regard to the use of OST.

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