What was your job when you were in the water leaders class? Associate Attorney for Somach Simmons & Dunn
What does your job focus on these days?
I’m the senior attorney in the department that handles the natural resources and environmental issues for our members across California with respect to water, land use, endangered species and air quality. As a practical matter, though, 70 percent of my work is water-related.
Class Project Theme: Current Views on the CALFED Bay-Delta Program
What do you do?
A large part of my job is to analyze potential legislation and regulation for impacts on Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, its member agencies and the drinking water industry. I’m also active in several trade associations including the Association of California Water Agencies (Vice-Chair, Water Quality Committee). My main responsibility is to ensure that Metropolitan continues to comply with all federal, state and local regulations.
Class Research Project: Water Quality in California
What was your job when you were a Water Leader: A consultant with CH2M Hill
We came across Mark Tompkins when he recommended a current employee from FlowWest to become a 2016 Water Leader. We found it interesting that two other former water leaders – Mike Urkov, class of 1999 and Paul Frank, class of 2010 – also work at the small company. Below is a conversation Tompkins had with Executive Director Jennifer Bowles.
I help manage the district’s water department, consisting of more than 450 dedicated staff focused on managing and delivering IID’s annual 3.1 million acre-feet Colorado River entitlement to our largely agricultural customer base in southeastern California.