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.”

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