Dr. Li is the project manager and permit manager in Water Quality program of Washington State Department of Ecology. She has extensive experiences in watershed planning, water quality and stormwater management.
Before she joined Department of Ecology, she completed her Ph.D. in University of Washington. Her research focused on the impact of advanced nutrient removal on nutrient bioavailability. Her study provided crucial scientific evidence on the importance of bioavailability in water quality modeling and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) permitting process.
During her Ph.D., she also worked in Herrera Environmental Consultant and was specialized in Low Impact Development (LID) design and performing water budget analysis, stormwater management plan and sustainability analysis for China projects. She led feasibility studies for stream restoration efforts and provided scientific input to planning decisions and conceptual design.
Her works include the design of a network of green streets and innovative landscaping approaches to collect and treat stormwater runoff in a variety of land use setting and assessment of performances of green infrastructures including rain garden, bioretention, green roof, and bioswale.