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We feel safer splashing about in our waterways and oceans knowing Emma Kluzniok, our Environmental Projects Analyst, is in this world, minding our watershed's p's and q's (pints and quarts).
Here's to our Environmental Projects Analyst Emma, who is a total bad mamma jamma, often found walking on water like she does, that very same water that she works so hard every single day to protect.
The majority of Emma's responsibilities are in Watsonville's Public Works Water Resources division where she delves into science, swims in project management, and deep dives into data and GIS (#nerdalert). She's also collaborated on a multi-year restoration project at Pinto Lake, supports our stormwater pollution prevention program, and she can drive a boat like it's nobody's business.
So how did we hook such a keeper?! Well Emma enjoys that this work keeps her on her toes, quick on her feet with that fancy surfer footwork she's known for.
"I learn something every day! Whether it be from my immediate co-workers, inter-agency colleagues, or our residents, I appreciate that everyone has something to teach me."
She's a shape shifter. One minute she'll launch into a conversation about the importance of preventing single-use plastic pollution. Then the next minute turn around and she'll be strapping on muddy boots and waders, readying herself to sample water quality. Then poof, she'll be back at her desk, snug as a bug in a rug, pouring over her beloved Excel files, Einstein-style.During her free time you can find Emma surfing (obviously), traveling around the globe and back to her native Hawai'i, and hiking around our beautiful Monterey Bay forests and coastline with her husband, whom she'll tell you is "my best friend, and there's no one else I'd rather do these activities with!" DAWWW. You are amazing, Emma!