Notes on Contributors


Henry S. Barbosa, partner in the law firm of Vera & Barbosa, has been a specialist in local government agencies for over 30 years. He served on the Board of Directors for Metropolitan Water District for over 6 years (1995-2002), including service as Vice-chairman, and over 6 years as Assistant General Counsel (2002-2007) reporting directly to the MWD Board.

Megan Brousseau is Program Director for inland Empire Waterkeeper, part of the Waterkeeper Alliance.  Waterkeeper is a voice for citizens and the environment in the pursuit of Swimable, Fishable and Drinkable water for all.  An active member of the Inland Empire community, Ms Brousseau has spent a decade working on projects that increase community, livability and sustainability, and works to connect learners to their communities and local environment. 

Dr. Peter Gleick is a leading scientist, innovator, and communicator on global water and climate issues. Gleick received the prestigious MacArthur “genius” Fellowship in 2003 and has been named “a visionary on the environment” by the BBC. He was elected in 2006 to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He co-founded and leads the Pacific Institute in Oakland, one of the most innovative, independent non-governmental organizations addressing the connections between the environment and global sustainability. He is the author of many scientific papers and ten books, including the influential series The World's Water and Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water from Island Press, as well as the A Twenty-First Century U.S. Water Policy, released in 2012. He is a graduate of Yale University and the University of California, Berkeley, where he received an MS and a PhD.

Richard Hazlett is the Coordinator of the Environmental Analysis Program, a Professor in the Dept. of Geology, and the Stephen M. Pauley Chair in Environmental Studies at Pomona College. He has co-written several textbooks, including Roadside Geology of Hawaii, The American West at Risk, and Geology and the Environment, and is a four time winner of the Wig Distinguished Teaching award at Pomona. His current research includes pollution generation, transport and environmental impacts.

Char Miller, the W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona is the author of On the Edge: Water, Immigration, and Politics in the Southwest (2013), Seeking the Greatest Good: The Conservation Legacy of Gifford Pinchot (2013), and co-author of Death Valley National Park: A History (2013). He is a regular contributor to journals, print and online media; his blog, Golden Green, explores environmental issues in the West for KCET. In 2013, Miller received the Wig Distinguished Professor Award for excellence in teaching and The Pinchot Medallion for his contributions to environmental education and policy-making.

Brinda Sarathy is Associate Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pitzer College where she teaches courses on U.S. environmental policy, California water politics, and environmental justice. In 2013, Sarathy was chosen for the William R. Gianelli Water Leaders Class, a sponsored by the Water Education Foundation aimed at educating emerging community leaders about water issues. Her first book is Pineros: Latino Labour and the Changing Face of Forestry in the Pacific Northwest. Her current research focuses on the social and scientific regulation of water pollution in post-World War II California.

Dr. Branwen Williams teaches Global Climate Change and Oceanography at the Claremont Colleges. Her research focuses on the use of corals and algae as tools to tell us about changes in our environment. She creates records capturing environmental variability to understand how our oceans and climate have changed over the past several hundred years. She can then discern changes in oceans and the atmosphere in response to natural factors and human-induced change.

Heather Williams is Associate Professor of Politics at Pomona College. She studies and teaches global water politics with a focus on Latin America, California, and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. She is the co-founder of a community-based water defense project in the highlands of Peru, and is currently at work on a book entitled, "River Underground: The Secret Life of the Santa Ana."