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Principal of Data Instincts to serve on national USDA Water Quality Grants panel

Mark Millan, principal of Data Instincts, Public Outreach Consultants, served on the CSREES Water Quality Competitive Grants Program panel to advance successful water quality efforts benefiting the nation. The twelve member panel convened in Washington DC on June 5, 2007 for three days to review and award grants to study programs and projects that improve water quality.

The Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, part of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government.

The goal of the CSREES National Water Quality Program (NWQP) is to protect or improve the quality of water resources throughout the U.S. and its territories, particularly in agriculturally managed watersheds. It seeks to address this goal at the national, regional, state, and local levels.

Millan has been active for over 15 years in recycled water and water conservation projects in Northern California including the Geysers Recharge Project, Santa Rosa’s Incremental Recycle Water Program (IRWP), Redwood City’s Recycled Water Project, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) recycled water projects, and, in Windsor, the Vintage Greens residential dual-plumbing water reuse project and the Eastside Road Storage Project.

Millan also serves as national chairman of the Public Education and Outreach Committee for the WateReuse Association.

About CSREES National Water Quality Program (NWQP)

NWQP brings university scientists, instructors, and extension educators into more effective and efficient partnerships with federal interagency priority programs to address water quality issues in U.S. agriculture. A key emphasis of the program is integration of extension, research, and education resources to solve water quality problems at the local level.

CSREES Vision: Agriculture is a knowledge-based, global enterprise sustained by the innovation of scientists and educators.

CSREES Mission: To advance knowledge for agriculture, the environment, human health and well being, and communities.

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