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University of the Pacific media sources on water issues

May 26, 2016

The following University of the Pacific faculty members are available to comment on water issues, including drought, water quality, water law and California’s proposed Delta tunnels project.

Drought, groundwater, water rights, water finance
Jennifer Harder, assistant professor at University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law, can comment on California's drought, groundwater, water conservation and efficiency, water data, water district governance, and water finance (Proposition 218) among other water, public agency, and environmental law issues. Her research interests include integration of classic water rights principles into contemporary regulatory systems, the nexus between water and land use issues, the functioning of water distribution organizations such as special water districts, and environmental compliance including the Endangered Species Act and the California Environmental Quality Act as they relate to water. Before entering academia, Jennifer worked as a water attorney and partner with Downey Brand LLP. She is a graduate of the Water Leaders program at the Water Education Foundation, a Sacramento-based nonprofit organization that provides nonpartisan information about water issues in California and the West, and co-author of the water law casebook, "Cases and Materials on Water Law." Contact: Jennifer Harder, 916.739.7189,

Economic impacts of drought and water policies
Jeffery Michael, professor of economics at University of the Pacific and director of the university’s Center for Business and Policy Research, leads a team of economists who continuously study the factors that affect the state’s economy and write about local, regional and state economic issues, including the Delta water tunnel proposal. He conducted detailed studies of the impacts of the 2009 drought, and is able to provide context and perspective on the drought’s short- and long-term effects on California’s vast and diversified economy. Contact: Jeffrey Michael, 209.946.7385,

Water security, wastewater treatment, hydraulic fracking
Mary Kay Camarillo, assistant professor of civil engineering at University of the Pacific and a visiting faculty member at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, focuses her research on water security, wastewater treatment, hydraulic fracking and biomass energy. She is an associate researcher in Pacific’s Ecological Engineering Research Program. Contact: Mary Kay Camarillo, 209.946.3056,

Water and the environment
Rachael Salcido, professor of law at University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law, can talk about water and environmental issues as they relate to business, development, agricultural enterprises, and local and state governments. She is director of the law school’s environmental law concentration, which looks at issues governed by water, environmental and energy law. Contact: Bethany Daniels Muhlhauser, McGeorge Communications, 916.739.7152,

Environmental law, river restoration, salmon, invasive species
Karrigan Börk, an assistant professor with joint appointments at University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law and the university’s Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, is co-director of the university’s Environmental Studies Program. His research focuses on environmental law, natural resources law and administrative law. He has written extensively on river restoration projects, including the reintroduction of Chinook salmon to the San Joaquin River, and state laws requiring dam owners to provide water for fish. He is also researching legal and ethical issues in ecological restoration, particularly on “guest species,” or those invasive species that are invited into an ecosystem. Contact: Karrigan Börk, 202.271.9392,

Impacts of pollution and fracking on surface water
William T. Stringfellow, director of the Environmental Measurements Laboratory at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and director of the Ecological Engineering Research Program at University of the Pacific, focuses his reach on the impacts of pollution on surface water and the use of wetlands and natural systems to mitigate those impacts. He was part of a team of scientists who conducted a state-mandated assessment of the environmental impacts of oil and gas well stimulation treatments, including hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in California. Stringfellow has published dozens of scientific articles on the effects of gas and oil well stimulation treatments and can talk about those impacts. Contact: Keith Michaud, Office of Marketing and Communications, 209.946.3275,

Impacts of drought on food and food production
Ken Albala, professor of history at University of the Pacific and founding director of the university’s Master of Arts in Food Studies program in San Francisco, can provide historical perspective on food and food production in drought years. He is the author or editor of more than 24 scholarly and popular books on food. Contact: Ken Albala, 209.946.2922,

Media contact:
Keith Michaud | 209.946.3275 (office) | 209.470.3206 (cell) |

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