DWR releases Stormwater Targets for Groundwater Recharge and Direct Use in Urban California for public review; webinar – 10/18

From mavensnotebook.com – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released a public review draft of Stormwater Targets for Groundwater Recharge and Direct Use in Urban California as required by California Water Code. Stormwater targets are required by water conservation legislation enacted in 2009 (Senate Bill X7-7, California Water Code [CWC] Section 10608.50 (b)) that directs DWR in consultation with State Water Resources Control Board Water Board and with public input, to propose new statewide targets, or review and update existing statewide targets, for regional water resources management practices, including infiltration and direct use of urban stormwater runoff. A public comment period on the Draft is open through October 31st, 2018. You may submit all comments to WUE@water.ca.gov. (more)

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Darren Suen has been selected for the Board’s new Policy Advisor position. He performed this function in Acting capacity for the last year, working to raise awareness about the Board’s role in flood management and to advance flood policies that support public safety and provide benefits to the environment and agriculture communities. Prior, Darren was the Department of Water Resources serving as Program Lead and Policy Advisor for the Assistant Division Chief of the Flood Management Division and the Deputy Director in Flood Operations Center during flood emergencies. Darren has a long career in program management and flood control, working in private, State, and federal agencies. Currently, he also serves as a member of the Elk Grove City Council. Congratulations to Darren!

Michael Wright has been selected to fill the Chief Engineer position beginning April 2, 2019. Michael has been with the Board since 2011. During his tenure, Michael has held multiple supervisory positions, including Enforcement Section Chief, Acting Operations Branch Chief, and Plan Implementation and Compliance Branch Chief. For the past eight months, he has been filling the Chief Engineer role. Congratulations, Michael Wright.