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A COMMUNITY COLLOQUIUM

"Northern Ventura County Coastal Watershed Project"

Alex Dragos (MESM 2013) and Eric Hopkins (MESM 2013)
Co-founders
Blue Tomorrow

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
6:00 p.m.
Bren Hall 1414

Alex Dragos
Alex Dragos
Eric Hopkins
Eric Hopkins

 

Abstract
On behalf of the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment, Blue Tomorrow partnered with Bren School professorDr. Arturo Keller to research five coastal watersheds that drain two oil fields in northern Ventura County. From fall 2013 through spring 2014, BlueTomorrow sampled soil, stormwater, and base flow for more than sixty constituents, many of which are known to impact human health and the environment. The project team analyzed the concentrations, toxicity, and potential sources of pollutants that were detected in samples, and developed strategies to mitigate discharges of pollutants found in the watersheds. At their talk, Alex and Eric will discuss the findings from the study along with recommendations that were developed to mitigate potential impacts.

Biography
Santa Barbara—based Blue Tomorrow was founded in 2013 by Bren master's graduates Alex Dragos and Eric Hopkins, both of whom specialized in Water Resource Management. They leveraged their education and experience to form a consulting group that takes an interdisciplinary approach to solving environmental problems. Their mission at BlueTomorrow is to help advance the sustainable management of natural resources to maintain the social and environmental health for current and future generations.

The project sponsor, The Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment, is a grantmaking public charity based in Oakland, California. It is dedicated to promoting community-based advocacy to protect the environment, public health and consumers. Find out more about the Rose Foundation.

NOTE: Community colloquia are generally talks of broad interest geared toward a diverse, sophisticated audience. Their purpose is not only to enhance knowledge and understanding, but also to bring people together and promote interaction that will strengthen the community.

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