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Seattle Public Utilities
Drinking Water Planning Manager
Water Utility Planning and Management, Water Resources Systems


Joan Kersnar is the Drinking Water Planning Manager at Seattle Public Utilities (SPU). She is responsible for directing water system planning efforts to ensure delivery of water services that meet customer service levels, including development of 6-year comprehensive water system plan updates. She is a member of SPU's Drinking Water Line of Business Asset Management Committee and Climate Change Adaptation Team, and she serves on the Water Research Foundation's Research Advisory Council in the Water Resources and Environmental Sustainability workgroup. She has recently been involved in an assessment of potential climate change impacts on SPU's water supply and demand, and exploration of adaptation strategies to mitigate these impacts. Her past work has involved water supply modeling and firm yield analysis, as well as day-to-day water resource operations management. Prior to joining SPU in 1994, Ms. Kersnar spent approximately 8 years working at consulting engineering firms specializing in water resources planning and design. Ms. Kersnar has a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of California at Davis and a M.S. in water resource systems from Cornell University. She is a registered professional civil engineer in California and Washington.