The HRPDC’s Whitney Katchmark was recently appointed by Governor Bob McDonnell to serve on the Virginia Water Resources Research Center State Advisory Board. She assumes the seat formerly held by John Carlock, who retired as HRPDC Deputy Executive Director in January 2013.
As the HRPDC’s Principal Water Resources Planner, Ms. Katchmark works with utility directors and stormwater managers from the region’s jurisdictions and understands the need for better research and data to implement state regulatory policies and develop effective local programs. Her appointment to the Board provides her the opportunity to share the local government perspective and advocate for water research needs that are not being met.
Created by the General Assembly, The Water Center offers resources and support to researchers, educators, and decision makers throughout the state. It exists “for the purposes of developing, implementing and coordinating water and related land research programs in the Commonwealth and transferring the results of research and new technology to potential users." (Code of Virginia, 23-135.7:8)
“This is a great chance to encourage collaboration between local governments and research programs at Virginia universities to support evolving water resource management programs," said Ms. Katchmark.
For more information on the Virginia Water Resources Research Center visit their website, http://vwrrc.vt.edu/overview.html .