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Dr. Katherine Bunting-Howarth

June 26, 2008
Vol. 38, No. 303

For more information, contact Michael Globetti, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Katherine Bunting-Howarth Named
Director of Division of Water Resources

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary John A. Hughes announced today that Katherine Bunting-Howarth is the new director of the Division of Water Resources, effective immediately.

Dr. Bunting-Howarth, 38, served as acting director of the division for six months prior to her appointment. She also was acting administrator for the division’s Financial Assistance Branch, where she administered the Clean Water State Revolving Fund programs for municipal wastewater treatment and nonpoint source loan programs, and staffed the Clean Water Advisory Council. Her other responsibilities included directing implementation of the state’s Septic Rehabilitation Loan Fund and the Agricultural Nonpoint Source Loan Program.

“We are very fortunate to have someone of Kathy’s managerial talent and deep environmental background in this critical position,” Secretary Hughes said in making the appointment.

As principal planner, Dr. Bunting-Howarth worked on a variety of issues related to water quality, including Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), the maximum amount of a pollutant that a waterbody can receive and still meet water quality standards. She led watershed-based planning efforts through Delaware’s Tributary Action Teams, and had a key role in the resulting Pollution Control Strategies. Before joining DNREC, Dr. Bunting-Howarth, who has a law degree, was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation.

Dr. Bunting-Howarth replaces Kevin Donnelly, who resigned as director of Water Resources to become district coordinator for the New Castle Conservation District. DNREC’s Division of Water Resources is responsible for monitoring and assessing the quality of the state’s ground and surface waters, overseeing the use and management of the state’s water supplies, regulating wastewater discharges into surface water, and subaqueous (underwater) lands and tidal wetlands. Water Resources has 160 full-time employees and works with an annual operating budget of more than $34 million.

 Dr. Bunting-Howarth has a Ph.D. in Marine Policy from the University of Delaware’s Graduate College of Marine Studies, a Juris Doctorate with a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resource Law from the University Of Oregon School Of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology and International Relations from the University of Delaware. She and her husband, David, have two sons, Davin and Aidan, and reside in Magnolia.

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