NEWS WORTH NOTING: State Water Board appointees Laurel Firestone and Sean Maguire confirmed by State Senate; PPIC: New publications: Water Management in a Changing Climate

State Water Board Appointee Laurel Firestone Confirmed by State Senate

From the State Water Resources Control Board:

The California State Senate has voted to confirm Laurel Firestone as a member of the State Water Resources Control Board, following her appointment by Governor Gavin Newsom earlier this year.

“It is an honor to be appointed by Governor Newsom and confirmed by the Senate to serve the people of California in this capacity.” Firestone said. “I look forward to working with partners throughout the state to ensure we live up to the promise of the human right to water, build resiliency for all throughout our water systems, and protect and enhance our natural watersheds and ecosystems in every region of the state.”

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

Firestone fills the position on the State Water Board designated for an attorney. Appointed by Governor Newsom on Feb. 12, she was recommended for confirmation by the Senate Rules Committee on Aug. 21. Firestone’s term expires in January 2023.

Prior to joining the Board, from 2006-2019, Firestone co-founded and co-directed the Community Water Center, a statewide nonprofit environmental justice organization. Based in California’s Central Valley and Central Coast, the center helps disadvantaged communities gain access to safe, clean, and affordable drinking water and builds civic engagement and leadership to achieve the human right to water.

Firestone has received a variety of awards and recognitions, including the James Irvine Foundation’s Leadership Award in 2018 and the Gary Bellow Public Service Award by the Harvard Law School in 2013. She also received an Equal Justice Works fellowship to start the Rural Poverty Water Project in the Central Valley from 2004-06 as part of the Center for Race, Poverty and the Environment. Firestone served on the Tulare County Water Commission from 2007‐2012 and co‐chaired the Governor’s Drinking Water Stakeholder Group from 2012‐2014.

She served on a variety of state policy advisory committees and partnered with universities to develop research and clinical programs to ensure the human right to water. In 2009, Firestone authored the comprehensive Guide to Community Drinking Water Advocacy and has written a variety of articles relating to safe drinking water and the environment.

Laurel graduated with honors from Harvard Law School and holds a B.A. magna cum laude in Environmental Studies from Brown University. She lives in Sacramento.

For more information on State Water Resources Control Board members, go to: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/about_us/board_members/

State Water Board Appointee Sean Maguire Confirmed by State Senate

From the State Water Resources Control Board:

The California State Senate has voted to confirm Sean Maguire as a member of the State Water Resources Control Board, following his appointment by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. last year.

“It is an honor to be confirmed by the Senate to continue serving the State of California,” Maguire said. “In my mind there is no greater responsibility than stewardship of our water, and I am wholly committed to overcoming the many challenges we face, such as adapting to the impacts of climate change and ensuring safe drinking water for all Californians.”

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

Maguire fills the position on the Board designated for a civil engineer. Following his appointment by Governor Brown on Dec. 5, 2018, he was recommended for confirmation by the Senate Rules Committee on Aug. 21. Maguire’s term expires in January 2020.

Maguire has had a diverse career both in public service and as an engineering consultant, providing a valuable perspective of the administrative challenges facing a government agency and the needs of a broad array of water interests.

From 2015-2018, Maguire worked for the State Water Board as a manager of the Storm Water Grant Program in the Division of Financial Assistance, and later as a manager in the Division of Water Rights, overseeing administration of water right change petitions, licensing, and cannabis cultivation permitting.

Prior to joining the Board, he worked for an engineering consulting firm serving a variety of municipalities and water agencies throughout the state, focused on water resource planning, drinking water, and wastewater infrastructure projects. Much of his work revolved around integrated water management and developing long-term water supply solutions to meet the needs of both water users and the environment.

Maguire has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from California State University, Sacramento. He lives in Sacramento.

For more information on State Water Resources Control Board members, go to: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/about_us/board_members/

PPIC: New publications: Water Management in a Changing Climate

The state’s water system is aging, and the various services it provides are sometimes in conflict. The system is also ill-prepared to handle climate change.

These fact sheets discuss ways to improve water management and modernize the system for a more volatile climate.

» Climate Change and California’s Water
» California’s Water Grid
» Dams in California
» Groundwater Recharge

This research was supported with funding from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation.

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