Scott W. Durbin
PRINCIPAL - PE, LEED AP
MS, Environmental Engineering | University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
BS, Civil Engineering | University of Notre Dame
Scott founded Sustainable Watershed Designs in 2007 to create a company focused on full water cycle design. The company, now doing business as Lotus Water, seeks out water resources and civil engineering projects that emphasize integrated water management solutions. This has led Lotus Water to be at the forefront of projects that reduce water consumption, re-use stormwater as a resource, or recycle wastewater. Scott’s experience includes urban watershed assessments, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, rainwater harvesting, green infrastructure design, and triple bottom line capital planning for major cities. Scott’s recent work has focused largely on assisting the City of San Francisco in implementing innovative green infrastructure designs and stormwater management policies aimed at making the forward-thinking city one of the country’s leaders in water sustainability.
PRINCIPAL - PE
MCE, Environmental Engineering | Georgia Institute of Technology
BS, Civil + Environmental Engineering | Georgia Institute of Technology
BA, Economics | University of Virginia
Robert Dusenbury is a registered civil engineer with over 20 years of experience in sustainable water resources planning and design. His areas of expertise include: computer modeling for surface water hydrology, hydraulics, and water quality; rainwater and graywater reuse; low-impact-development (LID) stormwater management and green infrastructure design; municipal water resources planning; and watershed management planning. He leads the design and implementation of green infrastructure and reuse projects ranging from green streets and site-level LID projects to watershed-scale capital programs. Robert has spearheaded rainwater harvesting and graywater projects across the Bay Area; designed and implemented stream restoration projects; and developed multiple green street and green infrastructure design guidance manuals for municipalities. Currently, he leads the green infrastructure monitoring program for San Francisco; is the lead engineer for the first two regional stormwater capture and reuse capital projects in northern California, which include large-scale reuse for irrigation, subsurface infiltration, and a recirculation system fed through bioretention and bioswale improvements; and is developing green infrastructure project concepts across Santa Clara County in compliance with their Municipal Regional Stormwater Permit, as well as monitoring and maintenance plans for long-term management of those assets.
PRINCIPAL - PE
MS, Civil + Environmental Engineering | California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
BS, Civil Engineering | Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
Eric has dedicated his career to providing sustainable and cost effective infrastructure solutions for public and private clients at scales ranging from individual building sites to major cities. He has successfully applied these solutions throughout California, the US, Asia, the Caribbean, and Latin America over the past eighteen years. Eric is the Principal-in-charge for community infrastructure at Lotus Water. His experience working for large public-sector clients includes design, planning, program development, regulatory compliance support, and technical review related to stormwater and wastewater infrastructure. For the last several years, Eric has been working closely with Seattle, San Francisco, and other City agencies on developing long-term capital plans that deliver multiple benefits. This includes providing key support in the development and application of multiple models for green infrastructure capital project prioritization in Seattle and San Francisco, such as SFPUC’s Triple Bottom Line evaluation tool and King County’s Green Infrastructure Viable Project Evaluation Tool. Through his role in capital planning and his work on Bay Area waterfront design and planning projects—such as his program management role for the Port of San Francisco and his involvement in Resilient By Design in San Mateo County—Eric has been actively involved in developing design criteria to respond to climate change, flooding, and sea level rise. Eric has a long history of stormwater program development and is the lead for Phase 2 of SFPUC’s alternative compliance program, including fee-in-lieu, offsite mitigation, and stormwater credit trading.
PRINCIPAL - PE
BS, Civil + Environmental Engineering | California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
As the design leader at Lotus Water, Shauna Dunton is passionate about developing thoughtful and high-performing green infrastructure designs for local projects that provide big community benefits. She brings over 15 years of experience leading design and project management for high-profile green infrastructure projects in institutional, commercial, residential, and recreational settings in the Bay Area. These projects include key waterfront development sites in San Francisco—such as Mission Bay’s P22 Bayfront Park and the Ferry Landing Plaza. They also include innovative campus-scale GI projects—such as the first indoor rainwater reuse project at UC Berkeley, and the California College of the Arts Campus Unification project. Shauna recently served as project manager on several of the first green street capital projects for the City of San Francisco and initiated their new Green Infrastructure Construction Training Program. Shauna’s knowledge of GI and role as civil design lead on redevelopments has enabled her to identify effective ways to integrate stormwater management into the public realm while enhancing the project’s overall vision—such as in the San Francisco Civic Center Public Space Design and the SCVURPPP award-winning project Packard Foundation Headquarters.
BFA, Photography | Georgia State University
Bio coming soon!
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PLANNER
MS, Parks + Protected Areas Management | Clemson University
BA, Political Philosophy, Policy + Law | University of Virginia
Maddie is a social science researcher and community engagement practitioner with experience working in Southeast Asia and throughout the US. She holds a BA in Political Philosophy, Philosophy, and Law from the University of Virginia and a MS in Parks and Conservation Areas Management from Clemson University. Her work has primarily focused on the intersection of conservation and social justice, specifically on meaningfully including communities into resource management and allocation decision-making processes. Since 2016, Maddie has supported the work of the Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Disadvantaged Community and Tribal Involvement Program (DACTIP) through developing the overarching research strategy for a regional community-based needs assessment and managing its implementation with community-based groups working in communities throughout the Bay Area.
SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER - PE, LEED AP
BS, Civil + Environmental Engineering | University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
BA, French | University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Minor, International Engineering | University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Amy is a water resource engineer and project manager with specialized experience delivering infrastructure projects in San Francisco. Prior to joining Lotus, she was a Project Manager at the SFPUC, where she oversaw project planning, conceptual design, engineering design, and public outreach activities across multidisciplinary teams and agencies. In addition to her agency experience, Amy has extensive background working on low impact development, sustainable stormwater strategies, community infrastructure, and development projects for a wide range of private and public-sector clients in California and abroad. Well-versed in a variety of programs including AutoCAD, GIS, and Adobe CS, Amy has an eye for graphics + product design, and knack for leveraging technology to optimize workflow scalability + design automated solutions.
SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
MLA, Landscape Architecture + Environmental Planning | University of California, Berkeley
Rachel specializes in the planning and integration of projects, programs, and policies to create more sustainable wastewater and stormwater management systems. Her areas of expertise include collection system planning, green infrastructure planning and implementation, flood resiliency planning, non-potable reuse programming, and regulatory compliance. She has worked for both large and small cities to improve both combined and separate systems and support regulatory compliance, and has an intimate understanding of planning and implementation challenges from the municipal point of view. She has managed multiple watershed-scale planning processes including stormwater resource planning processes and urban watershed assessments. She has also led the development and/or update process for numerous guidance manuals including the San Francisco Stormwater Management Requirements and Design Guidelines and the San Francisco Graywater Design Manual for Outdoor Irrigation. Rachel is passionate about stakeholder engagement and is sought after for her ability to develop successful partnerships and innovative engagement strategies. Prior to her work in urban watershed planning, Rachel worked in transportation planning with a focus on bicycle and pedestrian projects. Rachel recently joined the Lotus Water team because of her long-standing respect for the company’s ethos and high-quality work.
WATER RESOURCES ENGINEER - PE
MS, Civil Engineering | University of Colorado, Boulder
BS, Civil Engineering | University of California, Davis
Kristen is a water resources engineer with six years of experience providing technical support for green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) regulation, planning, and design. She brings specialized expertise of the modeling, statistics, and regulatory requirements that is the foundation of stormwater management. Kristen's technical knowledge and research has informed regulation and incentive programs in the Seattle Puget Sound Region and the SF Bay Area. She has experience providing planning and design of GSI systems for public agencies and private developers in the US and China. Kristen is continually learning and expanding her technical knowledge and enjoys finding innovated solutions to the complex infrastructure problems of the built world.
PROJECT ENGINEER - PE
BS, Environmental Engineering | University of Colorado, Boulder
Patrick is a civil engineer with a background in water and energy. Patrick has worked on a wide range of civil engineering projects including water and wastewater treatment facilities, distributed generation installations, pump station design, and site and utility layout design. Patrick's experiences range from early stage feasibility studies through construction and commissioning. Patrick enjoys managing and designing projects, interfacing with clients and regulatory agencies, and expanding his knowledge of sustainable solutions to engineering problems.
SENIOR ENGINEER - PE
MS, Civil Engineering | University of California, Berkeley
BS, Civil + Environemental Engineering | Cornell University, Ithaca
Katie is a registered Civil Engineer with a focus on sustainable water resources management and watershed planning. Her experience includes Low Impact Development (LID) planning, design, and review; planning and regulatory consulting for public-sector clients; green infrastructure demonstration projects; and watershed restoration planning and outreach.
AA, Paralegal Studies | Merritt College, Oakland
Bio coming soon!
DESIGN ENGINEER - EIT
BS, Civil Engineering | University of California, Berkeley
Sarah is a Design Engineer with Lotus Water. Since graduating from UC Berkeley in 2014, Sarah has worked in the field of civil engineering with a focus on civil site design projects that integrate sustainable stormwater management and water reuse opportunities. Sarah’s experience includes stormwater management and green infrastructure design, grading and earthwork balancing, construction documentation, and planning and permitting support. Sarah has worked on a broad range of projects, including school campuses, wineries, parks, and residences. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys hiking, rock climbing, food (cooking and eating), and thinking of names for her future dog.
PROJECT ENGINEER – PE, LEED AP ND, ENV SP
BS, Civil Engineering | Syracuse University, New York
Since graduating with a BS in Civil Engineering from Syracuse University, Jess has worked as a civil engineer in land development where she developed a technical and personal interest in sustainable, low-impact stormwater management solutions. She most enjoys working on innovative stormwater solutions that provide ecological, aesthetic, and educational benefits. To further develop her technical interests, Jess became certified as an Envision Sustainability Professional and LEED AP ND. Jess also focuses on community outreach and K-12 STEM education; in the past, she has served as Chair to the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section Younger Member Group, and as an adviser to the Charles River Watershed Association. In her free time, Jess loves exploring new cities, trying out restaurants, painting, drawing, watching independent movies, and seeing her favorite stand-up comedians. Jess and her husband take any opportunity they can to travel abroad, most recently Paris and Patagonia.
SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER - PE, QSD, QSP
BS, Civil + Environmental Engineering | University of California, Berkeley
Bryce is a civil engineer with a career focus on sustainability, specializing in water resources and alternative infrastructure systems. Though possessing a broad civil engineering background, his experience has emphasized innovative stormwater facility design, high-performance green infrastructure (GI), and alternative water reuse. He has worked primarily on projects in California, with some experience nationally and abroad, on diverse efforts ranging from the detailed design of individual streetscapes to large-scale regional master plans. Mr. Wilson has extensive experience collaborating with multidisciplinary teams, public agencies, and private developers on infrastructure and development projects from planning and conceptual design through construction.
URBAN WATERSHED PLANNER
MLA, Environmental Planning | University of California, Berkeley
BA, Environmental Studies | University of Vermont, Burlington
Kelsey recently completed her Masters in Environmental Planning at the University of California, Berkeley where she researched alternative ecological solutions for treating brewery wastewater.
She has more than 10 years of experience in the environmental field including working for the City of Austin, Texas implementing improvements to bike and pedestrian infrastructure through strategic design and community engagement. Kelsey has also managed international hazardous waste logistics, as well as having experience in environmental testing and energy efficiency. Before coming to Lotus Water, Ms. Wilson analyzed the impact of the Better Roof Ordinance for the San Francisco Planning Department. She has a passion for urban design, biking, rivers, permaculture, and systems thinking.
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