GWRS Expert Panelist Awarded the Stockholm Water Prize

Professor Joan RoseProfessor Joan Rose, a leading authority on water microbiology who has dedicated her professional life to public health and water quality, was recently named the 2016 Stockholm Water Prize laureate. The Stockholm Water Prize will be awarded to Professor Rose for her contributions to global public health in assessing microbial risks associated with water supply. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden will make the presentation at a Royal Award Ceremony on August 31 during the 2016 World Water Week in Stockholm.

Professor Rose has been a member of the NWRI appointed Independent Advisory Panel for the Groundwater Replenishment System since its inception in 2004. Prior to that, she was a member of the Orange County Water District’s panel for the Santa Ana River Water Quality and Health Study from 1996 to 2004. In addition, Professor Rose is a member of the California State Water Resources Control Board Expert Panel evaluating the feasibility of direct potable reuse.

“Joan has devoted her career to water quality and its relation to global public health. Her background in microbiology, her dedication to understanding public health and safety associated with both drinking water and recreational water quality, her extraordinary talents and her great leadership have greatly improved the many programs with which she is associated,” says OCWD Assistant General Manager Mike Wehner.

Regarded as the world’s foremost authority on the microorganism Cryptosporidium, Professor Rose holds the Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research at Michigan State University.

OCWD congratulates her on this well-deserved recognition and is honored to benefit from her expertise in helping the District ensure the GWRS sets and meets the highest water quality standards.