SCWA’s Grant Davis Tapped to Lead Department of Water Resources

  • by Lisa Lien-Mager
  • Jul 19, 2017
  • Water News

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed Sonoma County Water Agency General Manager Grant Davis to serve as director of the California Department of Water Resources, effective Aug. 1.

The appointment, which is subject to Senate confirmation, fills the vacancy initially created when former Director Mark Cowin retired at the end of 2016. Acting Director William R. Croyle retired on July 1.

Davis joined Sonoma CWA in 2007 as assistant general manager and became general manager in 2010. As general manager, he worked with more than 280 employees and oversaw core functions of providing drinking water to more than 600,000 residents in portions of Sonoma and Marin counties, wastewater management for 60,000 customers, maintaining nearly 100 miles of streams and detention basins for flood protection, and restoring habitat for three federally listed fish species in the Russian River.

He served as executive director of the Bay Institute from 1997 to 2007 and was the senior district representative in the Office of U.S. Rep. Lynn Woolsey from 1993 to 1997 and principal of Impact Consulting from 1990 to 1993.

In a statement, Davis said it was an honor to be appointed by the governor and expressed appreciation to Sonoma CWA’s board and staff.

“To my colleagues at the Water Agency, I can’t say thank you enough for your unparalleled professionalism and dedication to our community and the organization,” Davis said. “I am also appreciative of the Water Agency’s Board of Directors who provide the leadership and support needed to secure our future water supply.”

ACWA Executive Director Timothy Quinn called the appointment an excellent choice at a critical time.

“There is important work to be done to implement Governor Brown’s California Water Action Plan, and Grant’s proven leadership and out-of-the-box thinking will be extremely valuable to that mission,” Quinn said in a statement.

“Grant has roots in environmentalism and most recently led a local water agency known for its creativity and innovation. His appointment reflects the governor’s commitment to add to the Administration’s list of accomplishments and continue with the important job of managing California water to enhance ecosystem health and improve the overall resiliency of our state’s water supply system. As it has with his predecessors, ACWA stands ready to work with Grant and the DWR staff to continue implementation of the California Water Action Plan and advance comprehensive solutions for California water.”

Suggested Resources

15 RESOURCES prev next
ACWA 2018 Spring Conference Presentations

Presentations from ACWA’s 2018 Spring Conference & Exhibition held May 8-11 in Sacramento are available below. Please note that this […]

Joint Comments on the U.S. Forest Service’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

Submitted to U.S. Senators Lisa Murkoski and Maria Cantwell, Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources on May 8, 2018.

Federal Regulatory Chart

Sorry, but only ACWA members have permission to view this content. Member login is required.

Priority Issues Bulletin

Sorry, but only ACWA members have permission to view this content. Member login is required.

ACWA’S 2018 Spring LEGAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE CLE WORKSHOP MATERIALS

The following presentations and materials for ACWA’s 2018 Legal Affairs Committee CLE Workshop on May 8 from 9 a.m. to […]

2017 Year in Review

During 2017, ACWA and its membership proved how strength through collaboration can achieve goals unprecedented in terms of complexity and […]

No Water Tax Toolkit

Sorry, but only ACWA members have permission to view this content. Member login is required.

2017 Summary of Legislation

ACWA’s 2017 Summary of Legislation provides concise information on legislation enacted in the first year of the 2017-’18 legislative session that […]

2017 Summary of Appellate Cases

ACWA’s  2017 Summary of Appellate Cases details court decisions in 2016-’17 that may be of interest to ACWA member agencies […]

Coalition Comments on Changes to Proposed Regulation Prohibiting Wasteful Water Use Practices

Submitted to the State Water Resources Control Board on Feb. 14, 2018.

Comments on Changes to Proposed Regulation Prohibiting Wasteful Water Use Practices

Submitted to the State Water Resources Control Board on Feb. 14, 2018.

2018 Federal Briefing Booklet

Sorry, but only ACWA members have permission to view this content. Member login is required.

Water Bonds 2018 Toolkit

Sorry, but only ACWA members have permission to view this content. Member login is required.

No Water Tax Video (2018)

Did you know the state is proposing a drinking water tax for California families and businesses to provide funding to […]

Comments on Initial CWC Staff Evaluation of WSIP Projects’ Public Benefit Ratios

Submitted to the California Water Commission on Jan. 26, 2018.

Suggested News

15 Articles prev next
House Committee Approves Water Resources Bill

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved the Water Resources and Development Act of 2018, HR 8, on May 23. […]

Senate Committee Approves Water Infrastructure Bill

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on May 22 approved  bi-partisan legislation authorizing funding for a variety of water […]

YLWD Celebrates Water Awareness Month with Spring Open House

PLACENTIA, Calif – Yorba Linda Water District (YLWD) hosted a Spring Open House this past weekend, where 160 community members […]

Yuba County Water Agency: The Story of the Lower Yuba River Accord

2018 marks 10 successful years of the Lower Yuba River Accord, a landmark settlement agreement that improves conditions for salmon […]

TEAMS PLACE AT METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT’S 2018 SOLAR CUP

This past weekend, more than 600 students throughout Southern California competed in Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s 16th annual […]

Available Spring Conference Presentations Now Online

If you missed an interesting program or session at ACWA’s 2018 Spring Conference & Exhibition in Sacramento you can now […]

Water Supply Allocation Increases Slightly for State Water Contractors

The California Department of Water Resources today released the following statement announcing allocation increases for state water contractors, many of […]

HUNTINGTON BEACH RECEIVES INNOVATIVE WATER-SAVING TRUCK THROUGH MWDOC AND METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT GRANTS

Fountain Valley, Calif – The City of Huntington Beach Public Works Utilities Division received an innovative water-saving truck, known as the […]

Moulton Niguel Helps Homeowners Associations Conserve Water and Save Money

Moulton Niguel Water District is helping homeowners associations conserve water and potentially reduce their water bills. In April 2018, Moulton […]

Long-Term Conservation Bills Sent to Gov. Jerry Brown for Signature

As expected, long-term conservation bills AB 1668 by Assembly Member Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) and SB 606 by Sen. Robert Hertzberg […]

California Water Efficiency Partnership Announces New Board and Officers

The California Water Efficiency Partnership today released the following statement announcing the members of its Board, many of which are […]

WMWD investing millions to secure region’s local, reliable water supply

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Western Municipal Water District is investing $75 million in infrastructure projects over the next five years to […]

Moulton Niguel Educates Next Generation of Leaders on Water Policy

Moulton Niguel Water District, which has earned national recognition for its leadership and innovation in water management, is educating the […]

State Water Contractors Announce Formation of Joint Powers Authority for California WaterFix

The State Water Contractors released the following statement Monday regarding the formation of the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Joint […]

ACWA Awards Undergraduate Scholarships for the 2018-’19 Academic Year

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) has announced the names of five undergraduate students selected to […]