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Panel 3 Spotlight: Schools & Stormwater Symposium

Working Together from Responsibility to Possibilities: Agencies & School Districts

This Thursday May 19th, Council for Watershed Health in partnership with LA County Watershed Coordinators will host the Schools and Stormwater Symposium: A Multi-benefit Opportunity. Our exciting event will highlight how collaboration between school districts and water agencies can reimagine schoolyards as a site for broader community wellness and change. It underscores the importance of utilizing schoolyards as viable sites for stormwater project development with multiple community benefits and how to capitalize on the Safe Clean Water Program (Measure W).

Panel 3 will address liability considerations when implementing stormwater capture projects on school campuses. This multi-disciplinary panel will describe how to successfully handle insurance and contractual barriers in a solution-driven discussion. Specifically, panelists will connect how schools and municipalities are subject to stormwater capture requirements and how to use these parallel efforts to galvanize strong partnerships. Learn how to overcome these hurdles and successfully implement projects!

Join us and be inspired to reimagine your community!

Facilitator – Carlos Moran, he/him/el

Watershed Coordinator

Council for Watershed Health

With a Masters degree in social work, Carlos Moran’s experience includes designing and implementing high impact strategies that intersect education, mental health, public health and environmental justice. He regularly engages diverse range of communities to advance placed based solutions that drive large scale, multi-benefit investments in Los Angeles' most economically, environmentally and health stressed communities. Carlos also serves as adjunct faculty in the USC School of Social Work where he teaches graduate courses in policy, research & program evaluation, and human behavior.

Annelisa Ehret Moe, she/her

Water Quality Scientist

Heal the Bay

Annelisa helps to keep L.A. water clean and safe by advocating for comprehensive and science-based water quality regulation and enforcement. Before joining the team at Heal the Bay, she worked with the Regional Water Quality Control Board in both the underground storage tank program and the surface water ambient monitoring program. Annelisa completed her master’s degree in geological sciences at CSU Northridge. In her free time she enjoys caving, canyoneering, and scuba diving.

Curtis Castle, he/him

Principal Civil Engineer

City of Santa Monica

Curtis has worked for the City of Santa Monica for over ten years, serving as a Principal Civil Engineer and the Watershed Manager for over five years. His interests and background are focused in project development, construction management, and watershed planning. Prior to working for Santa Monica, he worked for the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works. Curtis has been a licensed professional engineer since 2007.

David Diaz, he/him

Executive Director

Active San Gabriel Valley

David is a public health professional offering extensive and successful experience in planning, developing, and implementing community-based initiatives throughout Greater Los Angeles County. He’s a dedicated public servant and advocate with project management, coalition building experience that has successfully worked with youth, schools, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and cities to advance environmental justice, equity, and community development. As the Executive Director of ActiveSGV, David is responsible for overall organization management, development, supervision of staff, and execution of various transportation, open space, and energy-related initiatives. David also serves on the Measure A Oversight Committee, Metro San Gabriel Valley Service Council, Measure W Scoring Commitee (+USGR WASC) and serves on the board of the El Monte Union High School District. David lives in the City of El Monte with his wife Anais, baby boy Maceo, and pets Xoco and Xavi.

Matthew J. Pateidl, he/him

Vice President - Senior Environmental Risk Specialist

Lockton Companies

In Matt’s role, he is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with insurance companies that underwrite environmental risks. He is a national resource working directly with Producers, Unit Leaders and Account Executives to assist clients and understand their needs. He coordinates and manages the marketing and placement of coverage for those risks. Matt’s responsibilities include identifying potential environmental exposures, negotiating with the markets, drafting manuscript endorsements for difficult coverages, assisting with claims situations and being an overall resource with regard to environmental regulations. Matt was in the Loss Control Department prior to his current position. His experience with environmental regulations has been crucial in assisting Lockton’s clients with regard to developing risk transfer strategies for their environmental risks.

Carly Thorpe, she/her

Environmental Specialist

Lockton Companies

Carly joined Lockton’s Environmental Practice as an Environmental Specialist in 2021. She has over 10 years of experience in the Insurance Industry including 7 years of Environmental Underwriting at Westchester, a Chubb Company.

This symposium was made possible through the collaboration of Watershed Coordinators in LA County. Represented organizations include Council for Watershed Health, Day One, Heal the Bay, Melina Sempill Watts Consulting LLC, and TreePeople


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