The Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS) is permitted by the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). One of the provisions of the permit requires that an Independent Advisory Panel (the Panel) provide an on-going periodic scientific peer review of the GWRS. The permit specifies minimum qualifications for the Panel members and requires that the Panel meet at least annually during the first five years of GWRS' operation, and then every two years thereafter. The Panel is appointed and administered by the National Water Research Institute (NWRI), and made up of experts in toxicology, chemistry, microbiology, hydrogeology, environmental engineering, public health and water treatment technology.
Bio-sketches of the National Water Research Institute Independent Advisory Panel for the
Groundwater Replenishment System:
James Crook, Ph.D., P.E. – Panel Chair
Environmental Engineering Consultant (Boston, Massachusetts)
President and Chief Executive Officer
Orange County Coastkeeper (Newport Beach, California)
Richard Bull, Ph.D.
MoBull Consulting (Richland, Washington)
Joseph A. Cotruvo, Ph.D.
Joseph Cotruvo & Associates, LLC (Washington, D.C.)
Program Chief – Environmental Health Water Quality Section
County of Orange Health Care Agency
WaltJay Consulting (Spokane, Washington)
Greg Leslie, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in the School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering
University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia)
Choon Nam Ong, Ph.D.
Director, NUS Environmental Research Institute
National University of Singapore (Singapore)
Joan B. Rose, Ph.D.
Homer Nowlin Endowed Chair for Water Research
Michigan State University (East Lansing, Michigan)
Daniel B. Stephens, Ph.D., P.Hg., P.G.
President and Principal Hydrogeologist
Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc. (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
R. Rhodes Trussell, Ph.D., P.E., DEE
Trussell Technologies, Inc. (Pasadena, California)
Manager of Public and Government Affairs
West Basin Municipal Water District (Carson, California)
For more information about the GWRS Independent Advisory Panel