Anne Littlejohnis the Senior of the Planning Unit in our Rancho Cordova Office. Anne is a dedicated, hardworking scientist who is skilled at working with diverse stakeholder groups to develop innovative solutions to complicated water quality problems. Anne has led several contentious projects, including a project to develop salinity objectives for the San Joaquin River upstream of the Delta and a project to establish a basin-wide process for evaluating the MUN beneficial use in agriculturally-dominated water bodies. Throughout her work, Anne has demonstrated a dedication to stakeholder engagement, which has helped her staff propose clear, fair and pragmatic recommendations for the Board's consideration. Under Anne's leadership, the Central Valley Water Board adopted both the San Joaquin River salinity objectives and the MUN evaluation amendments by August 2017.
Following the Board's adoption of these two projects, Anne redirected her staff to support a proposed Central Valley-wide Salt and Nitrate Control Program. The Salt and Nitrate Control Program was a high-priority project that required navigating not only controversial issues associated with the main policy, but also many ancillary controversies related to several supporting policies, including a revised Variance and Exception Policy, a new Drought and Conservation Policy, a new Offsets Policy, and new policy affecting the application of Secondary Maximum Contaminant Levels. Anne's efforts helped advance a 12-year stakeholder process that will support the environmental and economic sustainability of the Central Valley.
Even while taking on these efforts, Anne has been serving as the Program Manager of the Central Valley's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP). Under Anne's direction, SWAMP has provided additional staff and laboratory resources to all three offices, streamlined the collection of ambient water quality samples, expanded the scope of the Safe-to-Swim monitoring project, and supported verification monitoring for cyanobacteria hazardous algae blooms. Anne and her staff have also initiated community engagement efforts to address elevated indicator bacteria levels along the American River.
Anne brings a positive and genuine attitude to all her day-to-day activities, which makes her a key contributor to Board initiatives as well as a pleasure to have on any team effort.
Janelle is dependable, hardworking, and is always willing to take on extra work to meet the goals of the Regional Board. The Region appreciates Janelle's organizational skills, capabilities, work ethic, and dedication. Janelle's contributions to the Region are invaluable to the Region's success, and I am pleased to nominate Janelle Brown for the Superior Accomplishment Award.