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The Impact of Agricultural Runoff on Marine Resources

Linda Sheehan
Executive Director
California Coastkeeper Alliance

Wed, Oct 26, 12:45-1:45pm
Boalt Hall, Faculty Lounge 336N

Agricultural runoff contaminates numerous waters around the nation,and causes massive annual dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere. California is currently the only state in the nation to have mandatory controls on irrigated agricultural runoff, which is exempt from regulation under the federal Clean Water Act. Linda Sheehan, Executive Director of the California Coastkeeper Alliance, will discuss the legislative and administrative history of the existing state controls on polluted runoff from irrigated agriculture, and will outline the upcoming challenges for public advocacy groups in implementing state law on these discharges.

Please join us for a vegetarian/vegan-friendly lunch!

Speaker Biography:

As Executive Director of the California Coastkeeper Alliance, Ms. Sheehan represents the individual California Waterkeepers on statewide water quality and marine conservation issues, working to implement Coastkeeper’s vision of clean water and ready access to an ecologically healthy coast and ocean for all Californians.

Prior to her work with the Coastkeeper Alliance, Ms. Sheehan was Director of The Ocean Conservancy’s Pacific Regional Office, overseeing efforts along the west coast and Hawaii to restore clean coastal waters, revitalize marine fisheries, conserve marine wildlife, and protect ocean ecosystems. At TOC, Ms. Sheehan advocated and implemented legislative, administrative, educational, and other programs designed to reduce marine pollution and restore the marine environment. In particular, she worked to pass landmark legislation to improve coastal water quality monitoring, require posting of contaminated beaches, place mandatory controls on polluted runoff, ensure funding for programs to control polluted runoff, and limit the introduction of harmful invasive species into coastal habitats. She also has been co-chair of the state’s AB 982 Public Advisory Group, representing a wide range of stakeholders providing input to the State Water Resources Control Board on water quality monitoring strategies and cleanup of impaired waters.

Ms. Sheehan holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; an M.P.P. from the University of California, Berkeley's Graduate School of Public Policy, where she was a Berkeley Policy Fellow; and a J.D. from Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law.


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