Senate Confirms Felicia Marcus as Member of State Water Resources Control Board

The State Senate voted Aug. 23 to confirm Felicia Marcus as member of the State Water Resources Control Board.

Marcus was appointed to the State Board by Gov. Jerry Brown in May. The Senate Rules Committee voted to recommend her confirmation on Aug. 15.

ACWA supported her confirmation.

“It is an honor to be appointed by Governor Brown and confirmed by the Senate,” Marcus said in a statement. “After working on water quality and supply issues for more than 25 years both as a local and federal government official and as a public interest and private sector attorney, I look forward to working with the State Board at this critically important time in California’s water history. The next four years will see a series of decisions that have the promise of both improving public health protection and of meeting the co-equal goals of water supply reliability and ecosystem protection. The State Board will either make or be a critical player in those decisions.

“I am delighted to have been given this opportunity to serve in government again, especially focused on water and especially at a time when critical decisions will be made on both water quality and water supply. I hope to be a constructive force and make a difference for the better.”

Marcus fills the attorney position on the State Board and lives in Emeryville. Her term expires in August 2016.

In its support letter to the Senate Rules Committee, ACWA said the State Board needs experienced leaders such as Marcus to meet today's challenges. It cited her thoughtful approach to complex issues and a strong work ethic.

“Ms. Marcus is also recognized as a leader who can bring diverse interests together. This quality will serve California well as the state faces water issues that have impacts on all Californians,” the letter said.

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.

Prior to her appointment, Marcus had been a member of the Delta Stewardship Council since 2010. She served as western director at the Natural Resources Defense Council since 2008 and was executive vice president and chief operating officer at the Trust for Public Land from 2001 to 2008. She served as the administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9 from 1993 to 2001.