DWR Welcomes New Director

August 1, 2017 – Governor Brown has appointed Grant Davis as the new Director of the California Department of Water Resources. Mr. Davis succeeds Acting DWR Director, William A. Croyle who retired in June and Cindy Messer who has served as Acting Director since his retirement.Mr. Davis has been the General Manager of the Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) since 2009, where he also served as the Assistant General Manager from 2007 to 2009. As the GM, Mr. Davis was responsible for SCWA’s core functions of maintaining nearly 100 miles of streams and detention basins for flood protection, restoring habitat for three federally listed fish species in the Russian River, delivering drinking water to over 600,000 residents in portions of Sonoma and Marin counties, and providing wastewater management for 60,000 customers. In cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he was also responsible for the operation of Lake Mendocino and Coyote Valley Dam and Lake Sonoma and Warm Springs Dam. Mr. Davis was instrumental in implementing a renewable energy portfolio that has resulted in a carbon free water supply and distribution system.He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. To learn more about Grant Davis, you can read his biography on the Sonoma County Water Agency website. Mr. Davis will begin his Directorship in August and this position requires confirmation by the California State Senate.

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Greg Harvey has been selected as the Board’s Plan Implementation and Compliance Branch Chief, effective July 1, 2019. Greg has over 18 years of experience in the engineering field and has been with the Board since 2017. Since that time, Greg has played an active role in the coordination with key agencies for the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan Update, managed multiple flood system improvement projects, and acted as PIC Branch Supervisor for nine months. Congratulations, Greg!