Clean Water, Water Quality, Water Resources

by David Lemberg on October 21, 2008

in Energy and the Environment, Global Warming

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G. Tracy Mehan III is Principal with The Cadmus Group, an environmental consulting firm, with offices in Arlington, VA.

Mr. Mehan served as Assistant Administrator for Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 2001-2003 pursuant to presidential nomination and senate confirmation. In that capacity he directed both the Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water Acts programs including permitting, infrastructure finance, wetlands regulation, standards and watershed management. During his tenure as Assistant Administrator, Mr. Mehan developed new policies and guidances on watershed-based permitting and water quality trading. He also promoted expanded ambient water quality monitoring and innovative approaches to meeting the challenge of the infrastructure financing gap. He served as Environmental Stewardship Counselor to the 2004 G-8 Summit Planning Organization (2004).

He is the recipient of the 2004 Environment Award from the Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies (AMSA) and the 2003 Elizabeth Jester Fellows Environmental Partnership Award from the Association of State & Interstate Water Pollution Control Administrators (ASWIPCA).

In our wide-ranging SCIENCE AND SOCIETY interview, Mr. Mehan discusses

  • The biggest threats to water quality, both in the U.S. and globally
  • How to improve existing approaches to water management
  • How existing laws and policies play into water management concerns
  • What can citizens do to help?
  • What is symphonic watershed management?
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