“After 37 years at the forefront of West Side water issues, Bill
Harrison stepped down as general manager of the Del Puerto and
West Stanislaus Water Districts Feb. 28. In his place, Anthea
Hansen will take over as general manager of the water districts.”
“President Barack Obama’s lead adviser on water and wildlife
toured the enormous south Delta export pumps Tuesday, examining
the roaring, 22,500-horsepower pumps before cautioning that no
one would receive all the water they need this year.
“U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell told reporters
that state and federal governments will have to be flexible to
make the best use of a limited amount of water.”
“Joseph L. Sax, a legal scholar who helped shape environmental
law in the United States and fuel the environmental movement by
establishing the doctrine that natural resources are a public
trust requiring protection, died on Sunday at his home in San
“In 1970, Joseph Sax wrote a law review article that laid the
foundation for a court case that would become famous in the
annals of California water.
“More than a decade after publication of Sax’s seminal essay on
the public trust doctrine, the California Supreme Court ruled
that the state had a duty to take into account the public trust
in allocating water resources — an opinion that ultimately
forced Los Angeles to reduce diversions from the Mono Lake
basin in the Eastern Sierra.”
“Newly confirmed Deputy Secretary Michael L. Connor has praised
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell’s decision to appoint
Lowell Pimley to serve as acting Commissioner of the Bureau of
Reclamation until a new Commissioner is selected by President
Obama and confirmed by the Senate.
From The New York Times, in a commentary by Timothy Egan:
“It’s unfair to give all credit for the Golden State revival to
Jerry Brown. But the man, who will be 76 next month and was both
the youngest and oldest governor of California, and who just
announced a plan to run for a fourth term with an approval rating
approaching 60 percent, deserves the lion’s share.
“Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today [March 6] praised
President Obama’s intent to nominate Estevan López, a
professional engineer with over two decades of experience in
water resource management, to serve as Commissioner of the Bureau
of Reclamation — the largest wholesale water supplier and second
largest producer of hydroelectric power in the United States. The
Jennifer Bowles, a former award-winning journalist who covered
Western water issues and became a communications strategist for
a major California law firm known for its water law practice,
has been named as Executive Director of the Water Education
Effective March 27, Bowles will replace longtime Executive
Director Rita Schmidt Sudman, who is retiring after 34 years of
heading the highly regarded nonprofit organization that raises
awareness of water issues in California and the Southwe
From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Pacific Southwest
Region today [March 4] will present scientists Robert F. Holland,
Ph.D. and Carol Witham with its prestigious Environmental
Champion award at a ceremony in Mather, Calif.
From the Albuquerque Journal Washington, D.C., Bureau:
“Michael Connor, a Las Cruces native who served as a water
policy expert in the office of former Sen. Jeff Bingaman, was
unanimously confirmed Thursday as deputy secretary of the U.S.
Department of the Interior.
“Connor, 50, had been working as commissioner of the Bureau of
Reclamation. … He will replace David J.
“Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today [Feb. 27]
applauded the confirmation of Michael L. Connor to serve as the
Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior. The U.S.
Senate confirmed Connor’s nomination, which President Obama
announced on July 30, 2013, by a vote of 97 to 0. …
“As Deputy Secretary, Connor is the second highest ranking
official at Interior, with statutory responsibility as the
Chief Operating Officer to help lead a Department of more than
70,000 employees and an annual budget of about $18 billion.
“Pat Mulroy, who recently retired after more than two decades as
Las Vegas’ influential water chief, is calling for people and
water managers across the West to shift their thinking about the
Colorado River and focus on shared stewardship of its declining
“One of the longest-serving top officials in the Obama
administration, [Nancy] Sutley winds up her tenure Friday to
return to Los Angeles, where she had worked as deputy mayor for
energy and environment under Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. She
plans to take a break and then decide on her next move.”
“On water, [Rep. Ami] Bera told The Sacramento Bee’s
editorial board on Tuesday that he was disappointed that Obama
did not talk to a wider circle of leaders during his visit Friday
to Fresno to see the drought’s impact.”