Katherine L. White
Expertise:Ms. White has been a practicing engineer for more than 30 years, with responsibility for a broad range of projects involving groundwater sustainability and management, water supply reliability, water resources engineering, water quality and groundwater contamination investigations, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) support, and water rights and litigation support. Her substantial work on Urban Water Management Plans, Water Supply Assessments, and Groundwater Management Plans — including compliance with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) — provides a bridge between water supply and land use planning. She is highly regarded among her clients for her data management and quantitative skills, her attention to detail, and precision.
A recent typical project is development of a program to optimize conjunctive use of available surface water, imported water, and groundwater for a water district in the Central Valley. Ms. White documented water demand across the district's multiple service areas; these data served as a technical basis for guidelines to optimize the timing and water type for allocations to direct surface delivery versus groundwater recharge. Her organizational and analytical capabilities have been critical to this systematic evaluation.
She is a key member of the team that serves as Watermaster Engineer for the Antelope Valley Groundwater Adjudication. A Judgment and Physical Solution represents more than 15 years of complex proceedings among more than 4,000 parties including public water suppliers, landowners, small pumpers and non-pumping property owners, and the federal and state governments. The Watermaster Engineer assists the Watermaster Board with implementation of the Physical Solution. Ms. White's main responsibilities include preparing an annual report for the Court and tracking all water accounting, including production, imported water use and return flows, transfers, storage, and replacement obligations.
Ms. White has applied her knowledge of water supply and demand and her quantitative skills to several groundwater sustainability plans (GSPs), including those for the Kern River Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA), Cawelo GSA, and James Irrigation District GSA.
Academic Background and Professional Credentials:Registered Civil Engineer, California, No. C44262
MS, Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1987
BS, Agricultural Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1983