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January 2020 Meeting
January 16, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Guest Speaker: Charlie Kratzer
Does Bainbridge Island really need a groundwater management plan?
The current comprehensive plan for Bainbridge Island recommends the development of a groundwater management. As requested by the City Council in November 2018, the Environmental Technical Advisory Committee (ETAC) submitted a 32-page document with details about the process of developing a groundwater management plan for the island. The City Council subsequently included $300,000 in funding for the development in their current biennial budget.
Why should Bainbridge Island have a groundwater management plan?
What will be in this plan?
How will the plan be developed?
Will the plan answer all the perceptions (and misperceptions) about water on Bainbridge Island?
Charlie Kratzer received bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in environmental engineering from UC Davis, University of Florida and UCLA, respectively. He is a registered Professional Engineer in California and Washington. He had an over 30-year career in the water resources and water quality field. He was a limnologist for Lake Okeechobee, a technical expert and water quality regulator for the California Water Resources Control Board, a hydrologist for US Geological Survey, and lastly a water resources specialist for the California Department of Water Resources. At USGS, in addition to many surface water projects, he also headed up several projects studying the interaction of surface water and groundwater. At DWR, he authored a document defining the monitoring requirements and sampling protocols for a state-wide groundwater level reporting program. Since moving to Bainbridge Island in 2012, he has been a member of ETAC and has served as the Chair for the past year and a half.
As Chair of ETAC he was responsible for the preparation of a 32-page document submitted to the City Council in November 2018, recommending the development of a groundwater management plan for Bainbridge Island.
Thursday, January 16
Bainbridge Performing Arts
200 Madison Avenue North