“Jerry Meral, the chief steward of Gov. Jerry Brown’s $25 billion water project while deputy secretary of the state’s Natural Resources Agency, is going to work for an environmental group supporting the controversial plan.”
“The Imperial Irrigation District’s chief water department engineer has been tapped to lead the department. Former general manager and current water department manager Jesse Silva will retire Jan. 10.”
“Sally Jewell would rather scale the Washington Monument than sit in one more meeting about cutting her budget. This is not just hyperbole. The secretary of the interior has done both and clearly prefers the former.
“She wasn’t there to hear it, but outgoing Southern Nevada Water Authority chief Pat Mulroy got a warm send-off Friday from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell at the annual meeting of the Colorado River Water Users Association at Caesars Palace.
“Jerry Meral, Gov. Jerry Brown’s top water official and a major figure in the controversial, $25 billion water project proposed by the governor, will retire at the end of the month, the Brown administration confirmed Saturday.”
“Directors of the Calaveras County Water District approved several actions at their meeting Wednesday, Dec. 11. However, before voting on the actions, the directors first took time to elect a new president and vice president for the board.
“By unanimous approval, acting vice president Scott Ratterman was elected president, replacing outgoing board President Dennis Dooley.
“Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will travel to Nevada on Thursday, kicking off a two-day swing to underscore the Department’s commitment to collaborative, landscape-level solutions to conservation and water issues.
“On Thursday, December 12, the Secretary will deliver keynote remarks at the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) Winter Meeting, highlighting her recent Secretarial Order establishing a Department-wide mitigation strategy to encourage balanced development and landscape-level planning on federal public lands.
“Stan Dixon, the longest-serving member of the state Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, left the panel Wednesday as his term expired.
“Dixon, a former Ferndale mayor and Humboldt County supervisor, was appointed to the board by then-Gov. Gray Davis in 1999. He continued serving under former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gov. Jerry Brown.”
“Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, announced Friday that she will be stepping down by the end of 2014.
“Starting as an intern in 1973 three years after the group’s inception, Beinecke, 64, was only the second president in the NRDC’s history, after she took over for founding president, John Adams, in 2006.
“The Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region announced today [Oct. 30] that Jason Phillips has been selected as the Deputy Regional Director. … When Phillips assumes his new responsibilities in mid-December, he will join the Regional Director’s Office as one of two deputies; Pablo Arroyave has served as the Deputy Regional Director since 2009.
“Three political newcomers – John Mensinger, Paul Campbell and Jake Wenger – struck gold Tuesday to win seats on the embattled Modesto Irrigation District board.
“Despite unprecedented turnover on the five-person panel, the board will maintain its historic weight toward farmers as opposed to urban customers because of Wenger’s Division 4 triumph over three candidates with weaker ties to agriculture.”
“An elected sewer director who’s been publicly compared to the iconic television bigot Archie Bunker over comments he made about Asians and African-Americans refused to resign Tuesday even as his fellow board members demanded he leave office immediately.