Clean Water, Fish, and Farms- Science for Environmental Issues in Wine County
An Earth Day Talk
6:30 pm April 23, 2012
BlackBox Theater on the Healdsburg High School Campus
This presentation will have a few principal objectives:
1. Provide examples of the type of work done by professionals in natural resources so that students might have some additional exposure to college academic programs and careers; I will touch on specific jobs to demonstrate the breadth of the field
2. Provide examples of local environmental issues and some of the science-based work done to try to balance environmental concerns with economic costs
3. Briefly identify the principal regulatory programs at various levels of government that affect projects in Sonoma County as an additional means of identifying potential employers and fields of study
The presentation will be modestly technical so that the role of science is close at hand, but won’t get lost in deep details of a particular problem. The presentation will touch on many topics to keep the presentation from getting bogged down and thereby maintain the audience’s interest.
Dr. Matt O’Connor, President, O’Connor Environmental, Inc
Matt has lived and worked in Healdsburg since 1997. He attended high school at San Lorenzo Valley High (class of ’77) in Santa Cruz County (about the same size school as Healdsburg High), then Stanford University for B.S. in Environmental Earth Science (class of ’81). He worked for a couple years in Washington DC for a consulting firm contracting with US EPA, then returned to school at UC Berkeley School of Forestry and Resource Management for M.S in Wildland Resource Science (completed 1986). He then returned to environmental consulting for two more years before enrolling in a graduate program in Forest Hydrology at University of Washington (Seattle), and received his PhD in 1994. He started his own consulting firm in Seattle in 1993, and has continued in that business. He has prepared science-based analyses of various natural resources management issues in the Pacific Northwest and northern California, mostly investigating the effects of land use (logging, farming) on erosion, runoff, streams, water quality and fish habitat. Recent work includes hydrologic modeling of watersheds and fish habitat restoration plans in Sonoma County streams.