From Mangroves to Wastewater: Stringer’s Water Journey

Posted on Tuesday, February 9th, 2021 | Posted in News

Dr. Christina Stringer, NEIWPCC’s new director of Wastewater and Onsite Systems, brings a wealth of experiences and perspective to her new role.

Diving deep into water after earning a bachelor’s in chemistry, Dr. Stringer pursued a master’s in chemical oceanography, followed by a doctorate in geology, with a focus on ecohydrology (the interactions between water and ecological systems).

Education and Past Experience

Dr. Stringer’s doctoral work focused on the hydrology of mangrove systems in Florida and Mexico to provide the basis of understanding in developing future management strategies.

Her post-doctorate work led Dr. Stringer to Mozambique where, as a researcher with the U.S. Forest Service, she trained scientists to build carbon-cycle science capacity in the country. She also conducted field research, resulting in the first comprehensive estimate of carbon sequestered in the mangroves forests of the Zambezi River Delta.

Dr. Stringer’s career shifted slightly to focus on resource management through a role with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, serving as the hydrologist for the Eastern United States and supporting tribes with natural resource management and environmental compliance programs.

This experience led to other opportunities in supporting tribes through the development of water quality standards and tribal statutes and regulations relating to environmental permitting processes and compliance.


In 2018, Dr. Stringer joined NEIWPCC’s Source Water Protection division, where she served as program manager for the New York Source Water Assessment and Protection Program. Dr. Stringer also led NEIWPCC’s efforts to explore PFAS topics, residuals, and environmental surveillance efforts through her role as manager of the Emerging Contaminants and Ground Water and Source Water Protection workgroups.

This cumulative past experience made her an ideal candidate to lead the Wastewater and Onsite Systems division.

“I’m honored to be selected to lead this group of exceptional staff,” said Dr. Stringer. “And I am excited to build on my past experiences by moving into a different facet of the water world. I look forward to delving deeper into the education, training and wastewater operational side of the water industry.”

Wastewater & Onsite Systems

Projects currently being managed with the Wastewater and Onsite Systems Division include:this is aphoto of a wastewater treatment plant

Much of the work being conducted under the purview of Wastewater and Onsite Systems address several of NEIWPCC’s water program priorities. Those that apply to the work of Dr. Stringer’s team include: Contaminants of Emerging Concern/PFAS, Infrastructure and State Revolving Fund, and Training and Certification.

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