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Dallman Elected President of L.B. Board of Water Commissioners

Published: October 15, 2010

Suzanne Dallman, an assistant professor of geography at CSULB, became the new president of the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners on Oct. 1. Dallman, who was unanimously voted into the position during the Sept. 16 board meeting, replaces Paul Blanco. She was initially appointed to the Board of Water Commissioners by Mayor Bob Foster in October 2008. Also elected at the meeting were Frank Clarke, vice president and Bill Townsend, secretary.

“In the two years I’ve been on the commission, I’ve not only learned a lot but gained a deeper appreciation of how complicated it is to manage a water utility,” said Dallman. “The Long Beach Water Department is a very forward-thinking organization looking to achieve local water sustainability, a goal which I share. Their water conservation and efficiency programs have succeeded in lowering water use significantly during the past three years.”

At CSULB, Dallman teaches courses in both the geography and environmental science and policy programs, where she specializes in water issues related to California. Her research interests include environmental geography with a particular emphasis on water resource management and sustainability and she has authored multiple publications on a variety of subjects, including research on the impacts of storm water infiltration on groundwater supplies.

“When I applied to join the Water Commission, I did so not just for the service opportunity but because such a large component of my research and teaching is focused on water,” said Dallman. “I figured this would keep me connected with the water world in ways that I could bring ‘real world’ information back into the classroom.”

Prior to her appointment to the board, Dallman served as the technical director for the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council, a non-profit organization devoted to stakeholder driven solutions to resource issues. Among her many projects there, she managed the council’s long-term water augmentation study to investigate the practical potential to improve surface water quality and increase local groundwater supplies through infiltration of urban storm water runoff.

In addition, Dallman serves on the board of directors for the non-profit California Watershed Network and on the steering committee for the Southern California Water Dialogue.

“At the Water Department, we are working to change people’s view of water use, through public outreach to raise awareness about wasting water, and incentive programs for drought-tolerant landscapes and institutional conservation,” noted Dallman. “Next year is the Water Department’s 100th anniversary, and we are aiming to reduce per capita water use to 100 gallons per day, which would be the lowest in the state after San Francisco. I look forward to working with department staff to achieve this goal.”

Dallman earned her Ph.D. in geography from UCLA, and a master’s degree, also in geography, from CSULB. Her educational training focused on environmental policy and water resources.

For more information on the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners, visit the Long Beach Water Department website.

–Shayne Schroeder