Roger E. Bütow
Executive Director

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I was born in Long Beach CA on October 3, 1946. As a child, my family moved several times and I basically grew up in the general LA Harbor area. I started high school at Phineas Banning (Wilmington) but eventually graduated with honors from Woodrow Wilson (Long Beach) in 1964.

After a mid-60s tour in the US Marine Corps (Honorably Discharged), I graduated with honors from Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, matriculated to and graduated with honors from (then) California State College Long Beach. I majored in Asian philosophies, minor in anthropology.

I moved to Laguna Beach in late 1972 after a 6 month extended tour of Europe. I then began my career in new construction and every phase of remodeling for both residential and commercial projects throughout South Orange County with my client base primarily here in Laguna Beach.

I co-founded the
Clean Water Now! Coalition (defunct as of January, 2013) and served as its only chairman for nearly 15 years. CWN!C was a South Orange County based, grass roots, eco-watchdog association. Unprecedented, it was the first enviro-alliance of its kind, composed of numerous NGOs concerned about the increasing contamination and degradation of streams, riparian and aquatic habitats. In 1998, over-development and increasing urbanization had inflicted severe adverse impacts upon coastal ecosystems inhabited by humans and fauna alike.

In 1998, I began a professional environmental consultant business. Initially I specialized in hydrology and water quality impairments. Eventually I branched out into general watershed and coastal impairment dynamics, including ecological preservation, restoration and protection issues.

Through diligent attendance at innumerable workshops, conferences, plus private study and field work, I have worked in collaboration with the US Forest Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Cal and USEPA, California Fish & Game (now Fish & Wildlife), California Coastal Commission, NOAA,
et al, and become an acknowledged general land use and critical habitat expert.
I have great proficiency in California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) issues, including the expansion of my professional portfolio and client base into other regional, ecological protection advocacy NGOs.
I’ve served uncompensated on numerous environmental ad hoc committees at municipal as well as county, state and federal levels.

I am presently employed by public agencies, private parties and corporations as a peer review analyst specializing in assisting clients negotiate and then achieve compliance with regulatory agency demands.

I’m now part of this new challenging venture, an NGO committed primarily to enhancing supply side water to insure our mutual future:
Clean Water Now.

Résumé and additional info @ my blog
http://rogerbutow.blogspot.com/
Email: roger@clean-water-now.org




Scott Woodard
Director

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Scott was born in Pasadena CA. in 1959. His family moved to La Jolla CA, and moved quite a bit subsequently. His family was a veritable migratory species. At the age of 3 they moved to Scarsdale, NY for 2 years, then relocated to Baltimore and progressed on to Geneva, Switzerland by the time he was 10.
The family then returned to Southern California and eventually he landed in Corona del Mar, CA. where he attended grade school, high school and Orange Coast College for 1 year. He matriculated to Los Angeles CA. where he attended the University of Southern California to earn a BA degree in Urban & Regional Planning (1986).
During and after college, Scott worked for Urban West Development, Whitehawk Development Corp. and eventually Barrett American Properties. Initially hired as an intern, he worked his way up to project manager by supervising individual residential development projects. This included entitlement and planning of raw land sales to other real estate developers, as well as development and construction of residential projects for the build out of finished homes for prospective homeowners.
After a downturn in the real estate market in the early 1990’s, a close personal friend who was starting a medical equipment company approached Scott for employment. The company leased and sold rehabilitation devices for orthopedic surgery patients.
His career in the medical equipment sales has now spanned 25 years and he has worked for companies such as; Spectrum Med. X-Ray, BCI International, Datascope Corp, Siemens, Lumenis, and Ellex Lasers and Imaging.
As a lifelong waterman, Scott has surfed, dived, sailed, fished, windsurfed, water-skied, and bodysurfed many locations all around the world.
At the beginning of his medical career, he met Jeff Pantukhoff, founder of The Whaleman Foundation (TWF):
www.whaleman.org
TWF is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit public research, education, conservation, and wildlife film production organization dedicated to preserving and protecting our world’s oceans.
TWF’s primary mission is to educate key decision makers, while raising public awareness, regarding the issues that affect cetaceans (dolphins, whales & porpoises) and their critical habitats through video, technical research, collaborative scientific campaigns and media outreach.
For several years Scott had wanted to be more “hands on” in his quest for clean water and the preservation of sea mammals so he became Director of TWF’s California Water Quality Division.
This also led to a chance fortuitous meeting with Roger E. Bütow, the founder and Executive Director of Clean Water Now. Roger and Scott started working on distressing water quality impairment issues immediately. Through the media and open education of public officials at hearings, they helped cities formulate Best Management Practices (BMPs) for contaminated surface water mitigations directly abating urban runoff and proactive pollution prevention.
CWN is also responsible for successfully encouraging South Orange County cities to create water departments where none existed before 2000. They were a significant factor in the formation of both a Marine Protection Officer and Environmental Compliance Officer positions in their hometown of Laguna Beach.
CWN’s efforts created nationally recognized water quality improvement outcomes and help the development of real property in a mindful and respecting manner. This has led to better relations between cities, developers and protectionist NGOs throughout the region.
Education:
University of Southern California, BA Urban and Regional Planning 1986.
Contact info:
scott@clean-water-now.org


Jacek Lazuk
Board Member
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Jacek Lazuka is a Polish-born, American-raised contemporary artist. His immigration from Communist Poland to the United States at the age of four shaped his perception of two very distinct worlds. Raised in a Polish-speaking household, he had a rough transition into the English-speaking school system here in America. He struggled to erase the linguistic barrier between himself and his peers. He felt apart from and alien to this new world.
He was a promising artist from a very young age and he used his creative skills to make friends. It wasn’t long before his teachers took notice of this quiet boy’s artistic abilities. From elementary school he began receiving awards for his paintings that his teachers had entered into on his behalf in local competitions. By the time he was in high school he was painting a large mural for the school on a fifteen-foot wall.
Desiring a college education, Jacek enlisted in the US Air Force, his tour lasting from 1996 to 2004. He served in Japan as an airplane mechanic and eventually crew chief on the large transport C-130 Hercules planes. During this time he secretly pursued art, trying not to rouse the interest of his fellow soldiers. He worked in oils, playing with different techniques, and also studied the European masters while contemporaneously reveling in the simple Japanese aesthetic approach. He simultaneously attended college and upon his return to civilian life graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a bachelor’s degree in social science.
Currently, Jacek is living and working in Southern California. He has been a full-time artist since 2005. His contemporary work explores the ideas of the non-ordinary realm or the world apart from the material, physical one. His Native series explores simple Neolithic forms and alien landscapes. He creates works in oil on canvas then manipulates his images onto copper and aluminum sheets. He is constantly working on the process of creating new techniques that will allow him to further express the non-ordinary.
Jacek’s studio gallery is presently located in Laguna Beach, California.
Education: Arco Arte, Carrara, Italy, 2008 University of California, Irvine 2006 University of Maryland, Okinawa, Japan 1999
Contact:
lazukajacek@gmail.com
Personal Website:
www.jaceklazuka.com


Mike Hazard
Board Member

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The photo of Mike tells you a lot about him. He fell in love with all living things great and small as a boy, especially those related to water. That’s the aircraft carrier USS Midway in the background. Docked in downtown San Diego, Mike donates his few spare personal hours on weekends as a volunteer docent. He was a 3rd Class Petty Officer aboard the USS Lexington CVT 16 back in the mid-70s.

Mike’s “one stop shopping” when it comes to waterworld endeavors, he has professional expertise with advanced training and certifications in:

  • Watercourse surveys and aquatic/riparian/terrestrial habitat restoration, including non-native flora and fauna species removal + bio-remediation.
  • Water quality sampling and hydrology analyst, BMP (Best Management Practices) field observer, indigenous native aquatic species protection team leader. Benthic micro-invertebrate surveys.
  • Industrial and residential BMP erosion control/protection strategies.
  • 2 years as Territorial Manager for Kristar Enterprises, Inc. (now Oldcastle Stormwater Solutions). Mike installed, maintained, monitored, submitted compliance field reports to EPA for over 3500 storm BMP water devices of all types, from curb inlets to multi-story interceptors. His territory stretched from the Mexican border to San Luis Obispo out to Phoenix, Az.

Mike’s return to the CWN fold will primarily entail assisting ED Roger Bütow with our in-house Peer Review effort (See PEER REVIEW page). Helping assess and critique emerging or advanced technologies in the field will be important for CWN’s proposed positive approach, its new proactive, collaborative mission after retiring from a robust 15 years of activism in January 2013. Like other CWN family members and like-minded NGOs, responsible independent 3rd party oversight is an integral element in our region’s water future strategies, whether it’s desalination, in-stream protection for riparian and aquatics or safe, sustainable healthy supplies for our particular species. You could add “relentless and persistent like water itself,” he’s proven how profoundly committed to love of watery things he is, uninterrupted these past 20 years. We’re pleased to announce that he’s returned in a key role to this, the NGO successor to the Clean Water Now! Coalition (CWN!C). Mike, along with Scott (Woody) Woodard of The Whaleman Foundation, was a co-founding Board member back in 1998.

Born in South Gate CA in 1957, Mike grew up in Bakersfield as the son of a banker. He spent a lot of time fishing in the Sierras, stomping up and down what were then healthy watersheds teeming with life. After his tour in the Navy, he moved to Orange County where he worked as a carpet cleaner until he contracted a multi-symptom illness in 1995 after diving into a recycled irrigation reservoir during a community cleanup day---as a volunteer, naturally. He still attributes his ensuing complex gamut of life-threatening and other related illnesses to the rampant contamination in the basin he was trying to remove debris from. The reservoir he helped clean of junk was located near his (then) Mission Viejo residence. As part of his rehab, he started hiking up and down South OC creeks and their tributaries -- and what he saw crystallized his new concerns about water quality impairments and their adverse impacts upon the type of ecosystems he enjoyed growing up. Through the years Mike has worn different hats, advised, worked for and served in the Sierra Club, Trout Unlimited of California, CWN!C, and OC Watershed Alliance to name a few. He is also chairman of the State Water Resources Control Board's Citizen Watershed Monitoring Program for South Orange County. Mike’s been critical in the Orange and San Diego Counties restoration efforts for the anadromous (fresh-to-salt-back-to-fresh water life cycle) endangered Southern Steelhead Trout (SST), bringing them home to their former historical South OC residency. This federally listed (1997) endangered species once ran up all of the coastal creeks and rivers from Central California right down into Baja Mexico. Beginning in 2000, Mike worked diligently with CWN!C in our effort to get Aliso Creek rightfully added to the Distinct Population Segment List by NOAA (National Marine Fisheries Service). Somehow this lone creek had been left off the official list but after 10 years of constant pressure, the obvious “no brainer” oversight was corrected in 2010. CWN!C went it alone and eventually prevailed. In the late 90s and early 2000s, high-profile and respected investigative journalists like Matt Coker of OC WEEKLY, Dan Weikel, David Reyes and Seema Mehta of the LA Times, plus Pat Brennan of the OC Register were personally escorted on tours of the South OC watersheds that Mike and Roger knew to be in severe distress and degrading rapidly due to gross, systemic water pollution. Google® the reporter’s names and CWN!C or Mike’s name, the stories are fascinating tales for those unfamiliar with this species.

The SST became a lightning rod of controversy, a focal point and acknowledged canary-in-the-coal mine indicator or biomarker species that had already been confirmed in residence along San Diego County's San Mateo Creek, at the San Diego/OC Counties line near Camp Pendleton. More than 40 of them were reported back in 1998. Those “discoveries” were behind the scenes “deal breakers” that halted the proposed extension of the 241 Foothill Corridor toll road down to San Onofre/Trestles. Disregard all of that boasting and hyperbolic bragging: It was that darned pesky, opportunistic fish that was the nail in the toll road coffin. Even more dramatic change occurred when in the spring of 2008 a 35” SST whopper, the largest ever found in Orange County, was detained and netted for its own safety in lower San Juan Creek. At the time when Mike’s team found it, he was the #1 stream team coordinator for the 501 c 3 non-profit Trout Unlimited in Orange County. He worked as their top field specialist for a decade. Once released at Doheny State Beach (Dana Point), it swam off to a hearty round of applause by all as we at CWN now applaud Mike’s lifetime of unselfish commitments. Welcome back aboard CWN, Petty Officer Hazzard!



Todd V. Glen
Board Member

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Like a proud father, that’s beaming, joyous me in the photo taken a few years ago. I’m pretty happy not only because I had just sold one of my pastel pieces at a showing in Costa Mesa, but that total strangers see intrinsic, artistic collection value in my work. I’m living proof that if you stick around long enough, have wide interests and personal passions, 2nd and even 3rd careers are there waiting.

My post-high school education helps in part to explain how my journey’s arc has been made possible: I earned a Bachelors of Art in Vermont with a double major of Art and Theatre Arts.

I then moved down the East coast to New Haven, Connecticut, and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University.

Born on a cold, winter day in Illinois, I was adopted out of an orphanage nine months later by the Glen Family. Maybe it was my always optimistic smile that got their attention?

Subsequently, I have since discovered and located my biological family and found many interesting facts, perhaps most importantly my 100% Norwegian heritage. I’ve located many of my relatives still living back in Norway. I have hosted them here in Dana Point as my guests multiple times, as they’ve entertained me in Norway.

Having resided in Illinois, Canada, New Mexico, Vermont, Florida, and now California, immersing myself in Nature wherever I lived has moved me to always be an “outdoors type of guy.”

I’ve enjoyed all sorts of individual or small group activities such as hiking, canoeing, back-packing, and sailing. Unknowingly and un-predicted, all leading me to environmental sensitivity and protection of Mother Earth, eventually to this NGO: Clean Water Now.

I’ve always respected and enjoyed the open fresh air and clean, unpolluted water—like many, taking them as “givens.” After spending a lot of time in Norway’s arctic area I was emotionally overwhelmed by its primordial, pristine beauty and purity. In this phase of my life, retired with more time to give back in a focused contribution, I’ve intentionally embraced a growing role, and have become a higher profile advocate for all I have taken for granted up to now.

I came to realize 7-8 years ago that the cities in which I’ve lived were never strong backers or trustworthy champions of preservation if it didn’t benefit that city’s bureaucratic bottom line: Money. Income. Profit.

They don’t seem to see beyond candidate campaign coffers, political intrigue, beyond the next election cycle and have lost sight of a long, positive view of the local environment they’ve been empowered to guard and steward.

Returning to the subject of my professional career path, I originally moved to California to work for Fullerton College. Little did I know that I’d spend the next 40 years there.

After twenty years working in the Theatre Department I was asked to develop a Computer Graphics program.  I did this and followed that path for another twenty years. I’m proud to boast about what both programs have become as part of my heritage: A legacy of national recognition, as strong, viable and exceptional programs.

I ended my career at Fullerton having been the Department Chair for both programs mentioned and decided it was time to move on, to retire, to carefully plan goals and then pursue my personal aspirations: (1) Become a polyglot, i.e., fluent in several other languages, and (2) After being a professor and teaching others, become a professional, multi-media artist. Foreign travel would enhance those aspirations.

For the past ten years I have returned to college as a student myself, pursuing the understanding of other countries cultures and their languages. I’ve had the time and good fortune to travel in many European and African nations.

I’ve also pursued the evolution of my studio art abilities in assorted media, many creatively reflecting my feelings and perceptions about those travels.

I met Roger Bütow, founder and Executive Director of Clean Water Now, in 2009. We developed a lasting friendship initiated by a “trial by fire”: The Homeowners Association (HOA) where I reside is right above Salt Creek near Coast Highway, and we were faced with a neighbor that refused to mitigate a massive commercial, 6-acre bluff top re-development project.

Around 2009 I helped launch the VOICES of MONARCH BEACH (VoMB) a consortium or coalition of 4 different HOAs representing outraged citizens throughout Dana Point and especially within our own ecological “Ground Zero,” the Salt Creek Corridor: http://www.voicesofmonarchbeach.org

Due to my computer skills and also serving on VoMB’s Executive Committee, I became the archivist, online clearinghouse and web host for the group. I helped create our logo too.

Working with Roger, and for a brief period with CWN Board member Mike Hazzard, both general VoMB membership and I learned a lot about fields we had little or no prior expertise in:

General Plans, Specific Area Plans, zoning, land use and enviro-regulatory agencies, Conditional Use Permits, Coastal Development Permits, EIR’s, CEQA, the Coastal Act, Clean Water Act, i.e., the gamut that all motivated protectionists in beach communities must know to proactively, to properly steward and watchdog their locale because their local public officials won’t.

Meanwhile, I’ve volunteered for the CWN Board out of not only gratitude, but to insure that I personally honor my commitment to grass roots stewardship, following the mantra “Think globally. Act locally.”