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Ed Osann, Senior Policy Analyst, Santa Monica

Ed Osann

I grew up in Northwest Indiana, with that region’s world-class environmental problems often taking over our family’s dinner table conversation. I enrolled at Georgetown BEFORE they had a nationally ranked basketball program, which permanently stunted my knowledge of sports. I drove a cab in DC for two years and started research and lobbying on environmental issues while in grad school at George Washington U. I married a Congressional staffer that I met on Capitol Hill, who shares two great sons with me and continues to teach me about the politics of life.

Prior to joining NRDC, I worked on water development projects and policy for the National Wildlife Federation, and served on the first board of the California Urban Water Conservation Council. I did a brief stint with the Clinton Administration as Policy Director for the Bureau of Reclamation and then left government to run a consulting practice on energy and water efficiency for 13 years.

In my off-hours, I’m a good gardener, a fair angler, and a mediocre (or worse) golfer. Hunting, tennis, and, water skiing are more memory than reality. But maybe next weekend I’ll get back into one of them.

Recent Posts

Proposed Coin-Op Washer Efficiency Standard is Short on Change

Posted March 18, 2014 by Ed Osann in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, U.S. Law and Policy

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Although most U.S. families wash their clothes at home, the laundry needs of about one out of five households are met by commercial washers in self-service laundromats and the laundry rooms of apartments and dorms.  And now, the government has...continued

Drought Rates Missing from Most Local Drought Plans in California

Posted February 24, 2014 by Ed Osann in Living Sustainably, U.S. Law and Policy

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Today they’re short of water.  Tomorrow they’ll be short of cash.  As water supplies dwindle in the face of the driest year in California’s history, most of the state’s urban water utilities face 2014 financially flatfooted.         CalTrans Highway Sign...continued

Water Main Leaks Don't Let Up, Even During A Drought

Posted February 15, 2014 by Ed Osann

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We've all seen the big water main breaks on the evening news or on YouTube.  But only a small number of water main breaks actually make the news.  And all the main breaks put together are only a fraction of...continued

Waiting for Hot Water

Posted January 22, 2014 by Ed Osann in Living Sustainably

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We all do it, nearly every day.  We turn on the shower and wait.  And wait.  Maybe we brush our teeth while waiting, or go start the coffee, or take clothes out of the closet, or fold some laundry.  20...continued

To Fix a Leak, You Have to Know It's There

Posted March 12, 2013 by Ed Osann in Living Sustainably

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March 18 to 24 was Fix a Leak Week, a commendable effort by the US EPA’s WaterSense program to draw the attention of consumers and water suppliers to the simple steps that we can take to save water and money...continued

New Water Rates that Help Consumers Save

Posted November 8, 2012 by Ed Osann in Living Sustainably

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There are lots of reasons why California and states throughout the West need to start using water more efficiently, and do so quickly.  Climate change will cause water supplies to be more variable, and warmer temperatures will drive up the...continued

Cleaner and Greener Laundry is On the Way

Posted September 27, 2012 by Ed Osann in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, U.S. Law and Policy

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This week, a final rule setting new efficiency standards for residential clothes washers was approved, finally.  It’s been a long time coming, but these new water and energy efficiency requirements adopted by the Department of Energy will save US consumers...continued

Greener Washdays Ahead

Posted May 16, 2012 by Ed Osann in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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In the years ahead, new clothes washers and dishwashers sold throughout the US will be dramatically more energy- and water-efficient, and that’s great news for consumers.  Today’s announcement of new efficiency standards by the Department of Energy (see here for...continued

Breakthrough on Measuring Farm Water Use Bodes Well for New Water Savings in California

Posted May 10, 2012 by Ed Osann in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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This week, a critical milestone that can eventually save a significant amount of water was passed when the California Water Commission gave its unanimous approval to a rule proposed by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) that requires large irrigation...continued

Yet Another Wake Up Call for the Colorado Basin States

Posted August 18, 2011 by Ed Osann in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil

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How many alarms can you sleep through?  Two or three, maybe?  How about ten years’ worth, or twenty, or thirty?  Over the last several decades, the weight of evidence has steadily grown that the Colorado River is over-allocated – there...continued

Supersized Water Diversion Raises Questions for Great Lakes States

Posted August 17, 2011 by Ed Osann in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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In about 10 days, I’m going to be relaxing on a sandy Lake Michigan beach in Northwest Indiana, with the dunes to my back and the lake stretching in front of me to the horizon.  And looking out at the...continued

Slow Start on Great Lakes Pact

Posted June 26, 2011 by Ed Osann in Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, U.S. Law and Policy

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Ten years ago this month, the governors of the eight Great Lakes states and the premiers of Ontario and Quebec agreed to work together to more effectively protect the water resources of the Great Lakes.  Their agreement eventually took the...continued

California Water Regulators Propose Exemptions from Farm Water Measurement Law

Posted May 26, 2011 by Ed Osann in Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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To recap yesterday’s blog, in 2009, California’s Legislature enacted a major water efficiency law to better manage the state’s variable water supply and prepare for the future as the economy rebounds and millions more people choose to live and work...continued

California Officials Water Down Farm Water Efficiency Goal

Posted May 25, 2011 by Ed Osann in Living Sustainably, U.S. Law and Policy

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It was called “historic,” “comprehensive,” and “long overdue” when enacted in November 2009.  But as California’s package of legislation to overhaul the state’s water system now moves toward implementation, the good vibrations from the signing ceremony are starting to ring...continued

Laundering to Save the Planet

Posted August 3, 2010 by Ed Osann in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

Ever biked to fight leukemia or walked for a cure for breast cancer?  I hope so.  But if not, even the most sedentary among us have an opportunity to make the world a better place, and to save money each...continued

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