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DRBC Welcomes Kristen Bowman Kavanagh, P.E. as its Deputy Executive Director

For Immediate Release

October 7, 2019

(West Trenton, N.J.) -- The Delaware River Basin Commission is pleased to announce that Kristen Bowman Kavanagh, P.E. has joined the DRBC as its new Deputy Executive Director.

"Kristen brings over 25 years of experience in water resource modeling and engineering to the commission," said DRBC Executive Director Steve Tambini. "Her experience and expertise have made her a leader in the water/wastewater industry, and we are excited to have her join our team of scientists, engineers, and planners."

Prior to assuming the duties of Deputy Executive Director, Ms. Bowman Kavanagh served as the President and Principal Engineer at Flow Science Incorporated, where she was responsible for company-wide operations management, business development, risk management, and strategic planning. She also assumed significant roles in hydrodynamic and water quality modeling studies to evaluate the fate of discharges into lakes and reservoirs, rivers, and coastal ocean areas. The results of these efforts have been used to inform adaptive management plans, spill response plans, and long-term planning and operations.

"The DRBC is unique in that it brings together four states and the federal government to manage, protect, and improve the waters of the Delaware River Basin without regard to political boundaries," said Bowman Kavanagh. "I look forward to joining an agency whose focus is providing a sustainable supply of clean water for the over 13 million people who rely on the basin’s water resources."

As DRBC’s Deputy Executive Director, Ms. Bowman Kavanagh is responsible for the technical and managerial programs to develop and effectuate plans, policies, and projects relating to the basin’s water resources. She holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering: Environmental and Water Resources and an M.S. degree in Civil Engineering: Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology, both from Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. She is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and ten other states. A resident of Philadelphia for over 20 years, Ms. Bowman Kavanagh is the immediate Past-Chair of the Southeast District Pennsylvania American Water Works Association, a former President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and a member of the North American Lake Management Society.

The DRBC is a federal/interstate government agency created in 1961 by concurrent compact legislation, marking the first time that the federal government and a group of states joined together as equal partners in a river basin planning, development, and regulatory agency. The five commission members are the governors of the basin states (Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania) and the commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ North Atlantic Division, who represents the federal government.

To learn more about the commission, please visit www.drbc.gov or follow DRBC on Twitter at @DRBC1961.

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Contacts: Kate Schmidt, Kate.Schmidt@drbc.gov, (609) 883-9500 ext. 205
Peter Eschbach, Peter.Eschbach@drbc.gov, (609) 883-9500 ext. 208

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