Tami Church

Former Graduate Student | Water Resources Planner, Zone 7 Water Agency

Tami works for the Zone 7 Water Agency which covers water supply, flood control, and groundwater management for eastern Alameda County. As Water Resources Planner in the Integrated Planning section she is able to apply her professional and educational experiences to on-the-ground projects at the multiple planning scales— site-, watershed-, and regional-scale. Her day-to-day responsibilities vary from project management and stakeholder coordination, to biological surveys and restoration monitoring.  She is currently working on two major projects—an update to our Stream Management Master Plan, and program administration for a multi-agency public engagement program called Living Arroyos.

Tami’s professional experiences prior to graduate school taught her that identifying and understanding the mechanisms that promote ecosystem integrity is critical for effective and sustainable resource planning. As a graduate student, she focused her coursework and research on watershed planning especially with regard to riparian ecology. Her thesis analyzed a large pre-existing dataset on the use of large wood placement to enhance stream complexity.

Her professional interests are to produce and interpret scientific data, to make informed land-use decisions that minimize environmental impacts, improve habitats for native flora and fauna, and promote sustainable, supported resource planning. She enjoys connecting with prospective students as well as alums to discuss the program or other water resources related issues.

Downs, P., M. Singer, B. Orr, Z. Diggory, and T. Church. 2011. Restoring ecological integrity in highly regulated rivers: the role of baseline data and analytical references. Environmental Management 48(4): 847-864. Church, T. 2012.

Understanding wood-pool dynamics using long-term monitoring data from the Gualala River Watershed: What can we learn?