Federal Agencies Advance Rural Water Infrastructure for Multi-Benefits in the Sacramento Valley

From mavensnotebook.com – “Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke joined water leaders in the Sacramento Valley this week to help advance water supply reliability and multi-benefit water management in the region. This included a focus on the Maxwell Water Intertie described below—a project to help provide water management flexibility for the region.  The Maxwell Water Intertie will increase the efficiency and reliability of water management in the western Sacramento Valley by adding to and improving existing water infrastructure to facilitate greater flexibility in water conveyance, which would increase the drought resistance of rural communities and support the region’s agricultural economy. Importantly, the project will help serve water for multiple benefits in the Sacramento Valley, including water for the mosaic of farms, birds, fish, and recreation. … ”  Read more from the Northern California Water Association blog here:  Federal Agencies Advance Rural Water Infrastructure for Multi-Benefits in the Sacramento Valley

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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.