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Rosemary Menard

Wrong Rosemary Menard?

Water Director

City of Santa Cruz
809 Center Street Room 102
Santa Cruz, California 95060
United States

 
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • bachelor's degree , zoology
    University of Washington
  • master's degree , public administration
    same institution
60 Total References
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Friends of the Reservoirs - Background
www.friendsofreservoirs.org, 29 Sept 2014 [cached]
With regard to LT2 and Portland's historic open reservoirs, MWH held an open reservoir contract that was amended and extended 8 times over 8 years, with additional work and dollar amounts added (1995-2004) while concurrently assisting a PWB manager, Rosemary Menard, in negotiating the LT2 rule (1997-2003).
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Rosemary Menard, Portland Water Bureau Manager assumed lead role in suggesting and initiating local contract with MWH, coordinating Large Unfiltered Working Group members NY, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle and Tacoma
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Rosemary Menard, Mort Anoushirivani of PWB and Dave Hillmore of Seattle Water Dept. constituted the selection committee hiring MWH.
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Rosemary Menard came from Seattle WB to Portland in 1995. Rosemary Menard and Joe Glicker MWH were key EPA Enhanced Surface Water Regulation negotiators. Rosemary Menard was a member of the Federal Advisory Committee (FACA) for the Long-Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (LT2) process signing off on the "Agreement in Principle" for Portland and the Unfiltered Working Group.
Although Water Bureau managers do not have the authority to enter into agreements on behalf of the City, Ms. Menard signed the FACA "Agreement in Principle" without it ever being brought before Council and without any public disclosure.
Ms. Menard's involvement in this negotiated rulemaking process and signing onto the "Agreement in Principle" essentially meant that she (and Joe Glicker, MWH) had committed the City of Portland without any authority to requirements that if implemented would unnecessarily degrade our pure Bull Run source water and potentially degrade our open reservoirs while providing no measurable public health benefit, creating new risks and costing ratepayers hundreds of millions of dollars. Before the official FACA process began Rosemary Menard and Joe Glicker met behind closed doors in D.C. with EPA Enhanced Surface Water rule negotiators (Stig Regli).
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When seeking this corporate contract Ms. Menard communicated via e-mail with the City Attorney inquiring as to how this work could be shielded from the public.
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Rosemary Menard was a part of the selection committee for this contract.
Washoe County commissioners ...
www.rgj.com [cached]
Washoe County commissioners also recently changed policy allowing their 17,000 water customers to switch to the three-day watering program, said Rosemary Menard, director of the Washoe County Department of Water Resources.
"We are telling our customers we are strongly recommending they follow the three-day-a-week pattern," Menard said.
news Santa Cruz Water Director ...
www.gtweekly.com [cached]
news Santa Cruz Water Director Rosemary Menard
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Rosemary Menard has her work cut out for her as she steps into the role of water director for the City of Santa Cruz.
Menard fills the vacancy left by Bill Kocher, a vocal proponent of desalination who had served as the city's water director since 1986.
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Menard comes to the city in the wake of contentious discussion over desalination as well as what meteorologists have declared to be the driest January in California on record. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency for the state, and municipalities throughout California face looming water shortages.
Menard sat down with Good Times on a recent Monday afternoon in her still-being-unpacked office on Locust Street, just a week after she arrived in her new position. Coincidentally, it was just a day after the area saw some much-needed rain, though the 0.4 inches that fell then didn't make much of an impact on our significant watershed depletion, Menard says.
"We need about a foot of rain in order to get the watershed saturated," she explains, pushing a strand of shoulder-length hair from her face.
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A week after Menard started the job, the city's Water Commission voted to recommend increasing a Stage 1 Water Alert to a Stage 3 Water Alert. Should the city council vote for the increase at its Feb. 11 meeting, which takes place after this issue goes to press, customer water limits will be implemented and financial penalties will be meted out for exceeding them. The change would increase conservation from a voluntary 5 percent to a mandatory 25 percent. The city lists a number of ways residents can conserve on its website, cityofsantacruz.com.
As water director, Menard will oversee a department that serves 90,000 customers in the Santa Cruz and Live Oak areas, during a time when the city has ramped up efforts to include residents in water supply discussions. That includes the pending formation of a citizens' water supply advisory committee, among other outreach procedures.
The drought will be a major priority in the weeks and months to come.
"We need to ensure we are managing our resources effectively," Menard says. "I've been around enough and seen enough to know that having a fresh set of eyes is often an asset, but I've been very impressed by the quality of and the knowledge of the staff here."
City officials announced Menard's hiring on Jan. 16.
"We are very pleased to have Ms. Menard come aboard at a critical point in our water supply discussions," City Manager Martin Bernal said in a press release.
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Though new to Santa Cruz, Menard is no stranger to the greater San Francisco Bay Area, having grown up in San Leandro. Her parents still live there, in the house she grew up in. She is now adjusting to Santa Cruz after a stint in Reno, living in a furnished vacation rental in Seabright as she gets her bearings.
Most recently she served as director of community services and water resources for Washoe County in Nevada. Prior to that, she held similar positions in Seattle and Portland. She earned a bachelor's degree in zoology from the University of Washington and, years later, earned a master's degree in public administration from the same institution. Her move from biology to public policy is largely attributed to an internship she did with a Seattle city councilmember's office. As part of that position, she had to evaluate the budget for the Seattle water department and got to know many people within that division. That led to a position as the water conservation manager for the City of Seattle.
"From there, I've had a lot of opportunities to grow as a manager and develop my skills," as well as provide municipalities with leadership and her expertise in problem solving, she says.
Though the new gig brings numerous challenges, Menard says that is a big part of the appeal for her.
"Here is a really great opportunity to really use those skills," she says.
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Menard says education on water conservation and maintaining an informed populace will be key focal points of her work.
"Figuring out how to become partners with the community is one of the challenges we have to address," says Menard. "That's one of the things I'd really like to work on-I would expect to have a lot of interaction with the water supply committee-though I don't know entirely what it's going to look like [yet]."
Having been in the position as water director for a short time, Menard says she is still in the assessment process.
"It's extremely important to be data-driven and not jump to conclusions," she says, adding that she imagines the next couple of months to be something of a learning and listening tour.
She emphasizes that a major part of the messaging will be that everyone needs to do their part to conserve water.
She and department staff will be working with the current framework for water shortage planning and finding ways to adapt it to the current conditions. That will likely involve looking at ways to incentivize and encourage conservation, while also looking at possibilities of penalization.
"Everyone needs to be looking at whatever they can do," she says.
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"I'm looking forward to getting to know the community and working really collaboratively to address the issues we have," Menard says.
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I have known Ms. Menard for many years and her advice has always served me well. She will serve this position very well in these turbulent and troubled water procurement times.
Friends of the Reservoirs
www.friendsofreservoirs.org, 23 Jan 2006 [cached]
The EPA Region 10 office, which includes folks that have a long-standing association with former PWB manager Rosemary Menard and cozy consultant Joe Glicker two of the architects of the LT2 rule, are pushing for denial of delay in the reservoir projects.
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The costly tributary scat and water sampling program that the PWB supported and now must follow over the next ten years was initially designed by PWB's Rosemary Menard and Joe Glicker then with MWH global back in 2005.
Friends of the Reservoirs - Background
friendsofreservoirs.org, 6 Aug 2008 [cached]
With regard to LT2 and Portland's historic open reservoirs, MWH held an open reservoir contract that was amended and extended 8 times over 8 years, with additional work and dollar amounts added (1995-2004) while concurrently assisting a PWB manager, Rosemary Menard, in negotiating the LT2 rule (1997-2003).
...
Rosemary Menard, Portland Water Bureau Manager assumed lead role in suggesting and initiating local contract with MWH, coordinating Large Unfiltered Working Group members NY, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle and Tacoma
...
Rosemary Menard, Mort Anoushirivani of PWB and Dave Hillmore of Seattle Water Dept. constituted the selection committee hiring MWH.
...
Rosemary Menard came from Seattle WB to Portland in 1995. Rosemary Menard and Joe Glicker MWH were key EPA Enhanced Surface Water Regulation negotiators. Rosemary Menard was a member of the Federal Advisory Committee (FACA) for the Long-Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (LT2) process signing off on the "Agreement in Principle" for Portland and the Unfiltered Working Group.
Although Water Bureau managers do not have the authority to enter into agreements on behalf of the City, Ms. Menard signed the FACA "Agreement in Principle" without it ever being brought before Council and without any public disclosure.
Ms. Menard's involvement in this negotiated rulemaking process and signing onto the "Agreement in Principle" essentially meant that she (and Joe Glicker, MWH) had committed the City of Portland without any authority to requirements that if implemented would unnecessarily degrade our pure Bull Run source water and potentially degrade our open reservoirs while providing no measurable public health benefit, creating new risks and costing ratepayers hundreds of millions of dollars. Before the official FACA process began Rosemary Menard and Joe Glicker met behind closed doors in D.C. with EPA Enhanced Surface Water rule negotiators (Stig Regli).
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When seeking this corporate contract Ms. Menard communicated via e-mail with the City Attorney inquiring as to how this work could be shielded from the public.
...
Rosemary Menard was a part of the selection committee for this contract.
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