“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 Francisco.
“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 U.S.
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 Foundation.
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 flows.
“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.”