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Rainwater Harvesting: Solutions to U.S. Water Supply Challenges

ARCSA's 20 Year Anniversary - 10th Annual Conference

Speakers Bio's

David Crawford

David is President of Rainwater Management Solutions (RMS), which was formed in 1998 in Salem, Virginia to address rainwater conservation and management and sustainable water applications and practices. RMS provides rainwater system design and installation for: harvesting rainwater for reuse in residential and commercial buildings; capturing and recycling water for reuse in car washers, laundries and hospitals; capturing and recycling water from cooling towers; reducing storm drain runoff. RMS focuses on providing design and application of water management and water conservation systems within six primary application areas: corporate, green building construction, stormwater management and urban watershed management, commercial and residential developments, agriculture, and homeowners.


Chris Bonds
Chris Bonds
is a Senior Engineering Geologist with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) in the Sacramento area where he has worked since June 2001.  Chris has over 21 years of experience in geology and groundwater consulting and public service.   He  currently supervises a staff of six engineering geologists and a student assistant in the Geology and Groundwater Investigations Section.  His section works on a variety of geology and groundwater resource evaluation, management, and recharge projects of State and local interest.  Chris received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology from California State University, Northridge in 1992 and a Master of Science Degree in Geology from California State University, Los Angeles in 1998.  Chris is a licensed Professional Geologist and a Certified Hydrogeologist in California.


Chris first learned about rainwater harvesting in 2009 while providing technical advice on water supply alternatives for a proposed winery project in a mountainous and water scarce area of Sonoma County, CA. Subsequently, Chris attended an ARCSA Introduction to Rainwater Harvesting Workshop in northern CA taught by Tim Pope to learn more about this ancient yet underutilized water supply and conservation technology. The proposed winery project took Chris’ advice into consideration and incorporated a 140,000 gallon rainwater harvesting system into the design to supply all landscape irrigation and in later years, for use in the nearby vineyard. The addition of a rainwater harvesting system into the proposed project design will fully offset the projected annual winery water use of about 136,000 gallons and significantly reduce the amount of stormwater runoff generated by the project.


Chris lives in Folsom, CA with his wife, Tanya, and two kids Tristan (18) and Ireland (15).

Neal Shapiro

Neal Shapiro is a Watershed Section Supervisor and Watershed Management Coordinator for the City of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability & the Environment, and a Certified Professional in Storm Water Quality (CPSWQ) and a Certified Stormwater Manager (CSM).  He is also on the Editorial Board of Watershed Science Bulletin, and a Director and Secretary on the Board of Directors for the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association. 


He oversees water conservation & efficiency programs, and watershed management programs, all geared to reduce water pollution and use our precious, limited water resources in a sustainable manner (with a focus on rainwater/stormwater harvesting and use/reuse in association with post-construction structural Low Impact Development BMPs).  He has been with the city since March 1999.  He worked previously with The Jacques Cousteau Society, researching global water issues for films, books, policies, and expeditions. 


Neal attended the University of Delaware, receiving a Master’s in Marine Policy, and the University of California at Santa Barbara, receiving a Bachelor’s in Aquatic Biology.  Neal is married, has 3 sons, and enjoys running, hiking and SCUBA, and practicing what he preaches.

Jim Kendzel
Jim Kendzel, MPH, CAE currently serves as the Executive Director/ CEO of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE).  ASPE is a professional society of over 6,500 members having the mission to continually enhance and promote the profession of plumbing engineering while assisting in improving the safety and well being of the public on a global scale.  Prior to coming to ASPE Jim served as the Executive Director for the Institute for Credentialing Excellence and also served as the Senior Vice President, Administration at NSF International, a leading provider of public/environmental health standards and conformity assessment services. 


Jim has over 25 years experience in leadership roles associated with standards development, quality systems management, testing and product/personnel certification.  Jim has served in volunteer roles for organizations such as the American National Standards Institute, ASTM International, IAPMO, International Code Council, and the International Organization for Standardization.  He received his Masters of Public Health from the University of Michigan and is a Certified Association Executive.


Shawn Martin
Shawn Martin is Director of PMG Activities for the International Code Council.  Shawn is responsible for supporting ICC’s Plumbing, Mechanical, Fuel Gas and Swimming Pool codes and standards programs as part of the Government Relations team.  He is a mechanical engineer with experience in research and development, product design and development, new building technology commercialization and building codes and standards.  He currently serves as secretariat for the joint U.S./Canadian rainwater harvesting system standard development project.


Denis Rochat
Denis is the founder and owner of both PerfectWater™ and Rainwater Resources™. 
Denis has been in the water treatment and purification industry serving in all positions as operations manager, sales manager, and general manager, for 30 years and has operated PerfectWater™ since 1997. He is a Certified Water Specialist - Level V (CWS-V), amongst the highest level of achievement in the water treatment and purification industry and is licensed by the TN Dept. of Environment and Conservation as a water well treatment installer. His experience in commercial water projects includes both design and installation.


Rainwater Resources - Starting in mid-2009, Denis began pursuing rainwater harvesting. He traveled extensively to acquire training and learn the industry by studying applications and processes from other states that have utilized rainwater harvesting for several years. Over a 5 year period he has had hands on involvement in sales, and installation of both residential and commercial systems. Denis is accredited by the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) as an Accredited Professional (AP) and an Inspector Specialist (IS).  Engineering support was implemented at Rainwater Resources in early 2013. Rainwater Resources is a complete system supplier providing consultation, conceptual design services, engineering, fabrication and installation, in 22 states, for all sizes of projects. Additionally our engineering team has patents pending for unusual industry specific applications. Our proprietary Capacity Regulator provides stormwater retention capability in addition to end use rainwater harvesting. Our multi-step process assures optimal functionality, minimal maintenance, and high quality water for use.


Denis currently serves on the Board of Directors of ARCSA.

Bruce Coe

Bruce Coe has been a Regional Sales Manager for Xerxes Corporation and ZCL Composites for 25 years.  In the past 15 years Bruce has specialized in the use of Fiberglass Reinforced plastic tanks (FRP) in the water and wastewater industry.  Through his work he has specified a number of projects for large rainwater collection projects.  He trains contractors on installation and maintenance of FRP tanks. 


Roy Lawrence

Roy Lawrence is the Western Regional Sales Manager for Containment Solutions. He has responsibility for the company’s full product line in the 12 western states, which includes the sale of underground as well as aboveground storage tanks for water and wastewater. Mr. Lawrence started his career with Owens Corning Fiberglas and was involved in the early days of the petroleum industry’s conversion of underground petroleum tanks from steel to fiber glass. The applications for water storage include: potable; fire protection; sanitary waste; gray water, and storm/ rainwater harvesting. The Containment Solutions’ team works with a variety of engineers, architects, consultants and distributors their sales and marketing efforts. Contractor training is a key component to a successful project. Mr. Lawrence manages the effort of working closely with installing contractors across the Western Region. Mr. Lawrence is based in Irvine, CA.


Charlee Myers

With more than 20 years of experience in selling and installing rainwater collection systems, Charlee Myers also practices what he preaches and uses rainwater as the sole primary source of water for all purposes at both his home and business locations in the high desert of rural western Taos County, New Mexico.  Myers’s business, Mountain & Mesa Construction, has been involved with many system installations in northern New Mexico and throughout the Mountain West states.  Charlee has been a member of ARCSA’s Education Committee since 2011 and is working on a couple of the chapters in ARCSA’s new RWH manual.  He is also a member of ARCSA’s Board of Directors and the contact person for ARCSA’s Regional Representative program.  

Jeffrey Adams

Jeff Adams is founder and principal of Terrasophia LLC. Jeff builds capacity to regenerate the health of our watersheds by engaging community members through hands-on education projects and ecological design services. He has a depth of experience in water harvesting educational training programs and brings a practical and integrated approach to each project with nearly 20 years of experience in various aspects of construction and landscape trades. Jeff has collaborated with a variety of non-profits, public agencies, schools, businesses, and individuals to raise awareness and build skills for regenerative living. He has traveled extensively around the United States and beyond, visiting and participating in projects and learning with many leaders in the fields of water harvesting, permaculture, and regenerative systems.


Jeff is certified as a Permaculture Design Consultant, ARCSA Accredited Professional, and EPA WaterSense partner.

Maceo Martinet

Dr. Maceo Carrillo Martinet is an ecologist and educator. Presently, Dr. Martinet works with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to provide technical and financial assistance to private land-owners, tribes, and schools to improve wildlife habitat and the overall ecological integrity. He received a doctorate in biology in the Freshwater Sciences Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program at the University of New Mexico where he focused his research on the effects of urbanization on the Rio Grande and science education. Dr. Martinet works on various community-based environmental education projects that help expose students to environmental sciences through creative hands-on curriculum. He has served on various scientific and educational boards. 


Billy Kniffen

Billy Kniffen is a Water Resource Associate in the Biological and Agriculture Engineer Department with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. He has served as a Water Resource Specialist and county agent for TAMU for 30 years and is a TAMU Board of Regents Fellow Service Award recipient. His efforts have been directed towards rainwater harvesting, land management and watershed stewardship. He is the past vice president and education committee chairman for the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA), conducting educational workshops, trainings and installing demonstration rainwater collection systems all across Texas, the United States and provides support internationally.  He co-authored the Rainwater Harvesting: System Planning manual used in training rainwater professionals and the technical trainings provided by ARCSA. He received his degrees from Abilene Christian University and Tarleton State University.


He and his wife Mary lives in Menard, Texas in a home solely dependent on rainwater.

José Arturo Gleason Espíndola, Ph. D.

Dr. José Arturo Gleason received a Ph. D. with honours from National Autonomous University of Mexico and M.SC in public management from University of Guadalajara and a bachelor in civil engineering at the same institution. He is national researcher accredited by the National Council for Science and Technology of federal government. He is developing investigation about harvesting systems in urban zones as a measure to restore the water cycle. He built a rainwater-monitoring mobile unit, which is a truck with meteorological equipment that will measure quality and quantity of rainwater in many sites of Guadalajara through IITAC. Also it has rainwater catchment system in order to demonstrate to the people its operation. He has published the “Rainwater Catchment Systems Manual”, and recently “Sustainable water systems for cities”. He translated into spanish the book Rainwater Harvesting System: System planning published by AgriLife from A&M Texas University. Also he has translated the book “Rainwater and you” written by Makoto Murase. He is Regional Director for Latin America and Representative in Mexico for the International Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (IRCSA) He is member of International Water Association (IWA) since 10 years ago. He was been pushing sustainable water projects in Mexico.


Jesper Skadhauge 

Jesper Skadhauge, 43 years old married with 2 kids, lives in Bjerringbro, Denmark. Working for Grundfos A/S as a Global Product Manager with responsibility for Domestic products which include Rainwater products.  Rainwater products include pumps, controls and systems for Domestic & Commercial applications.

Scott Steindler 

Scott Steindler is an Applications Engineer with Weil Aquatronics in Glendale, California. Scott is currently a supplier of commercial and industrial pumps for a large range of applications including wastewater, drainage, water pressure boosting, circulating, condensate, boiler feed, HVAC, domestic, irrigation and fire booster packages, and complete rainwater harvesting systems. Scott also specializes in a number of non-chemical water treatment products for cooling towers, potable water systems, scale and hardness control, water reclamation and irrigation, rainwater harvesting, green roofs, as well as water features, gray water systems, and swimming pools.


He has worked in the plumbing industry as a wholesaler, contractor, designer, and manufacturers’ representative. Scott is currently the Vice-President of Membership serving the National Board of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers; he has also served on the local board of directors for the Los Angeles, Charlotte, and New Orleans Chapters of ASPE. Scott has earned his CPD, GPD, LEED-AP BD+C, ARCSA-AP (IS), and Green Globes Professional accreditations during his career. 


Greg Chick

Greg Chick began his Water passion in early 70’s doing Drip Irrigation for Agriculture in Ojai Ca.  In Mid 70’s he got a Contractors License that took him to large Ag.  Irrigation, and then to Sedona  Az. To Design Build (as a team member) Red Rock State Park.  1980 worked for a short while as PR for a Nat Gas Utility (Southern Union Gas).  Mid 80’s Solar Energy boom was a turning point for him to Sustainable Water and Energy issues.   After installing hundreds of Active and Passive Solar Thermal Systems as a team member building close to Net Zero high end custom homes.  Greg went to Yuma to start up a wholesale/retail irrigation store, to design & sell materials to large Ag farmers in Yuma Welton Basin  for Water conservation efforts transforming flood to drip irrigation on Grapes & Jojoba.   Water-shed issues were polluting the Colorado River requiring this measure.  


In 1990 Greg Came back to Ca. to be the So. Cal guy he is.  Since back in Ca. Greg continued his education in Plumbing and Conservation became a subject Matter Expert to Ca. State Contractors License Board.  Greg is CLIA and has other certificates in Water Conservation, as well as Certified to teach Trades at  Colleges.   


Greg has taught at ABC Training Academy (Journeyman Plumbing) , and is a Certified Trainer for Green Plumbers Accreditation with the International Assoc. Plumbing Mechanical Officials,  Teaching Solar Thermal, Waste Heat Recovery, Gray Water and Rain Water catchment and re-use,  Water Quality, Water and Energy Auditing as well having successfully proposed Plumbing Codes to IAPMO Green Plumbing Mechanical Code Supplement . Greg is very active in Plumbing Code Development towards a Sustainable Practice in the Plumbing Code & Industry.   GSBBC accredited LEED AP,O&M.   

Doug Pushard
Douglass Pushard has been a dedicated practitioner and educator in the areas of water conservation and rainwater harvesting for ten years. He is the founder and co-editor of, the leading website that connects the public to helpful written information about rainwater catchment as well as a network of professional experts in the industry. His accessible articles have been published in national and international publications. He designed and installed the first large-scale residential rainwater catchment system within the city limits on Austin, Texas, and has gone on to design systems for individuals and nonprofit organizations throughout the southwest. Building on a long record of community service, he is currently involved in several sustainability initiatives in his community of Santa Fe, New Mexico.   He helped the Santa Fe Children’s Museum redesign their 10,000-gallon rainwater catchment system, and assisted in writing a successful funding proposal for the project. During this initiative, he also gave presentations on water conservation to museum’s young visitors.

 He is an active member of the Santa Fe Water Conservation Committee and recently co-published a paper on Santa Fe’s Rebate program. He served on the Board of Directors for the America Rainwater Catchment System Association (ARCSA He is currently member of the International Code Committee who are tasked with defining the international codes for Rainwater Harvesting Systems. He has an MBA from Arizona State University with an emphasis on Finance and Computer Science, and a B.A. in Marketing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.


David Venhuizen

David Venhuizen is a professional engineer and licensed irrigator who has been practicing in the water resources field for over a quarter century.  All throughout that time, he has championed – and practiced – innovative strategies aimed at enhancing the sustainability of our water resources.  These include rainwater harvesting as a broad scale, development-wide water supply strategy and the “decentralized concept” of wastewater management, aimed largely at managing these flows as a water resource to be husbanded, rather than as if they were a nuisance to be made to go “away”.


David received bachelor’s degrees in engineering and in biology from the University of Illinois, and holds a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas.  He has conducted or participated in water projects not only in Texas, but also in North Carolina, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Missouri, Massachusetts, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia, and internationally in Mexico, El Salvador and Macedonia.

James DeRoussel

James DeRoussel, RLA has over 17 years of experience in the landscape industry, including 13 years in the Tucson area in the field of professional landscape architecture.  James began his career in landscape architecture in Tucson where he gained experience working on a variety of large-scale projects in the public sector, including planning of parks and recreation facilities, roadways, and commercial development.  James subsequently spent two years as a landscape design/build contractor, before returning to landscape architecture.  In 2009, James founded ForeSite LLC and currently serves as Principal/Registered Landscape Architect.  In 2010, James joined Tucson-based non-profit Watershed Management Group as a Program Manager, overseeing a variety of projects related to stormwater management and sustainable infrastructure across the state of Arizona. 


James continues to practice as a Registered Landscape Architect and Certified Arborist at ForeSite and Watershed Management Group, managing a wide variety of projects from design through construction and speaking internationally about watershed health and landscape design and management in arid environments.



Ken Blair

Ken Blair is the principal and founder of RainBank Rainwater Catchment Systems. A designer for rainwater collection and storage systems, Ken has designed and installed residential and commercial systems in the northwest United States for 10 years. Additionally, he is an accredited ARCSA Accredited Professional. A career entrepreneur, Ken innovatively created a new business focus with a commercial dive company in Hawaii in the mid 1980′s, to respond and clean up oil spills, oil spill equipment training, service and maintenance for oil coop service industry.Ken is passionate about having a positive impact on the environment and is also a founding director of BANKONRAIN (20112014), whose mission is to create grassroots solutions for rainwater collection for consumption and agriculture in developing areas of the planet.

Sarah Sojka

Sarah Sojka is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Physics at Randolph College. While finishing her PhD in Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia, Sarah began working for Rainwater Management Solutions (RMS).  In this role, Sarah worked on the design of a wide variety of rainwater harvesting systems and served as principal author of the second edition of the Virginia Rainwater Harvesting Manual published by the Cabell Brand Center.  She also developed a spreadsheet model that is used in the stormwater credit for rainwater harvesting systems in Virginia. She left RMS in 2012 to pursue her love of teaching at Randolph College where she teaches introductory physics, geology, research methods, and a range of other classes.  She is currently working on a research project assessing the water quality issues of residential rainwater harvesting systems. 

Mike Ruck

Mike provides oversight for all operations as well as the design, installation, and engineering of rainwater harvesting systems for Rain Water Solutions in Raleigh, NC as well as the national sales manager for Mike is focused on new product development and current trends, codes, and laws regulating rainwater use and stormwater issues. Mike is an accredited professional through the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association as well as certified through the NC State University for Storm Water BMP Inspection and Maintenance. He is a lifetime member and has been active in ACRSA since 2003.

Robert Woodland

Robert Woodland has been a valued member of the VIQUA team for seven years, holding various positions in sales and channel development. Recently, he moved into his current role as Global Sales Manager – OEM Applications. Although a plumber and gas fitter by trade, Rob has also acted as Operations Manager for a large church, and prior to that, as manager for Home Depot, where he oversaw the opening of seven stores in five years.  Giving back is something Rob believes in very strongly, and he has been part of multiple mission trips to Africa, as well as working through the PAOC (Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada)  to help address water issues in third-world countries. Rob currently lives in Barrie, Ontario, with his wife and two young sons.

Ken Nentwig

Ken Nentwig is a retired landscape architect and educator, relocated to Canada’s wet west coast in 2010. He has developed and delivered post-secondary education programs with the University of Guelph, Ontario; Horticulture College of the Pacific, Victoria, BC; Gaia College, Duncan, BC; and also taught trainers at SENAI in Brazil. Currently, Ken is developing the Canadian Association for Rainwater Management’s national education program, and holds the positions of Governor, BC Jurisdiction as well as Executive Director for CANARM. An on-line rainwater management course developed and facilitated by Ken is operating through both Gaia College (BC) and Humber College (Toronto, ON).




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