NEWS WORTH NOTING: Governor Brown’s State Water Board appointee E. Joaquin Esquivel confirmed by State Senate; Commission sets additional public meetings with applicants for water storage funding

Governor Brown’s State Water Board Appointee E. Joaquin Esquivel Confirmed by State Senate

From the State Water Resources Control Board:

On April 2, the State Senate voted to confirm E. Joaquin Esquivel as a member of the State Water Resources Control Board, following the March 14 recommendation by the Senate Rules Committee that he be confirmed to serve on the board.  On March 15, 2017, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed Esquivel to the State Water Board.

The five member State Water Board is responsible for protecting all water quality and water supplies in California. The Board is also responsible for the allocation of surface water supplies for agricultural, public trust, and urban purposes throughout the state.

Esquivel fills the position of the public member and lives in Sacramento. Esquivel’s term expires January 15, 2021.

“I’m fortunate and grateful for the opportunity to serve on the State Water Board,” Esquivel said. “Holding the Board’s public seat, I’m committed and eager to strengthening the public processes, data sharing, transparency, and collaboration at the Board necessary to meet the challenges that climate change and other uncertainties pose to our state’s water resources.”

Prior to his current appointment to the Board, Esquivel served as assistant secretary for federal water policy at the California Natural Resources Agency. Working in Governor Brown’s Washington D.C. office, Esquivel represented the interests of the Natural Resources Agency and its departments, and facilitated communication, outreach, coordination and the development of policy priorities between the Agency, the Governor’s Office, the California Congressional delegation and federal stakeholder agencies in the nation’s capital.

Prior to his July 2015 appointment to the Natural Resources Agency, Esquivel worked for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer of California for eight and a half years in her Washington D.C. office. Starting first as an intern, he held a number of positions and upon leaving was her legislative assistant covering the agriculture, Native American, water, oceans, and nutrition portfolios, in addition to being the director of information and technology.

Esquivel is a graduate of U.C. Santa Barbara with a B.A. in English, was born and raised in California’s Coachella Valley, he is the proud son of educators and grandson of farm workers.

Commission Sets Additional Public Meetings with Applicants for Water Storage Funding

From the California Water Commission:

In response to Legislative and public requests, the California Water Commission staff is scheduling another round of meetings with Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP) applicants to discuss updated technical reviews that will be posted April 20.

The meetings, set for April 24-25, are open to the public and will include Commission staff, review team members, and applicants. During the meetings, technical reviewers will walk through updated staff recommendations regarding public benefit ratios (PBRs) for proposed projects and take questions from applicants and the public. The meetings will help to identify any issues requiring clarification when the Commission meets in May to decide the final PBRs.

Each WSIP applicant will have an individual 90-minute meeting with the technical review team. The facilitated meetings will take place at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I Street, Sacramento, and will be webcast. Additional information, with the webcast link and additional remote participation options, will be distributed prior to the April 24-25 meetings. …

The Commission’s staff and technical review team continue to evaluate the applications seeking $2.7 billion in funding under the Proposition 1 Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP). After the Commission released the initial staff reviews of the public benefits associated with the proposed projects on February 1, applicants had three weeks to appeal the staff-adjusted public benefit ratios (PBRs) and submit additional supporting information. On April 20, the Commission will release updated reviews with staff-recommended PBRs. The review team anticipates that some of the initial staff-adjusted PBRs will change based on the additional information submitted in the appeal process.

The Commission will consider the staff-recommended PBRs at its May 1-3 meeting and make the final determination of each project’s PBR. The Commission may accept the staff recommendation, accept applicants’ appeals, or send the recommendation back to staff for re-evaluation.

No funding decisions have been made by the Commission yet, and all projects remain active and viable in the review process.

For the complete press release with tentative meeting schedule, click here: Save_the_Date_Meeting_Announcement.4.3.18_FINAL

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