The Council for Watershed Health is southern California’s hub for essential watershed research and analysis. The Council is uniquely situated at the intersection of research and policy and trusted to be fair, objective, and rooted in science. We focus on connecting diverse perspectives to address key issues in a timely manner and driving applied research to improve policy and practice. Founded in 1996 by Dorothy Green and others, the Council does its work through education, research, and planning to achieve the vision of a sustainable Los Angeles by 2025.
The contributors to this blog include staff of the Council. Executive Director Nancy Steele writes the majority of the blog posts. In her over twenty year environmental career, Nancy has committed herself to leaving the world a better place. Prior to joining the Council in 2005, she worked for the State of California; she has written and implemented regulations to reduce emissions from in-use heavy-duty diesel trucks and buses, wrote a report on the potential health and environmental impacts of leaf blowers, and served as the Deputy Ombudsman for southern California. She enforced California’s hazardous waste control laws, researched environmental lead contamination from lead-acid battery recycling plants, and developed regulations to reduce the threat of childhood lead poisoning. Her dissertation research compared the health and environmental costs of recycling and waste management of electric vehicle batteries. Dr. Steele has a bachelor of arts degree in Biology from Occidental College, a master of science degree in Zoology from Arizona State University, and a doctorate in environmental science and engineering from UCLA.