Water Authority Board Visits Imperial Valley For a Tour That Highlights Critical Projects and Builds Relationships

Members of the San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors and staff are pictured with Imperial Valley farmers and Imperial Irrigation District staff at the southwestern end of the All-American Canal during the Water Authority’s Jan. 30 tour of the Imperial Valley.

The San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors visited the Imperial Valley January 30 for a day-long tour that highlighted the Salton Sea mitigation and restoration efforts, conservation efforts under the Quantification Settlement Agreement (QSA), and areas critical to the agency’s Regional Conveyance System Study.

The tour also was important as a way to bring the Water Authority Board together with Imperial Valley farmers, and Imperial Irrigation District (IID) and Imperial County representatives to get to know each other and strengthen relationships by discussing both the challenges unique to each area but also those issues that the Valley and San Diego regions have in common.


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Sandra L. Kerl Appointed General Manager of the San Diego County Water Authority

Sandra L. Kerl has been named the new general manager of the San Diego County Water Authority after serving as acting general manager since March and as deputy general manager for the Water Authority since 2009.

The San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors on Thursday, Nov. 21, approved a contract with Sandra L. Kerl to be the new general manager of the region’s wholesale water agency, following a months-long national search. The Board approved the contract in open session during its regular monthly meeting at Water Authority headquarters.

Kerl fills the position vacated by longtime General Manager Maureen Stapleton, who retired in March. Kerl has served as the agency’s acting general manager since Stapleton’s departure, working closely with the Board to lead a staff of approximately 250 employees at offices in Kearny Mesa, Escondido, the Imperial Valley and Sacramento.

“Sandy brings an ideal mix of leadership,

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Salton Sea Authority Honors Bruce Wilcox For Years of Service

Members of the Salton Sea Authority issue a resolution honoring outgoing Assistant Secretary for Salton Sea Policy Bruce Wilcox, (center), honoring him for his years of service dedicated to the Salton Sea, for both his time with the Imperial Irrigation District and with California Natural Resources Agency, during a recent meeting held at the IID chambers in El Centro.

During its Oct. 24 board meeting, the Salton Sea Authority (SSA) passed a resolution honoring out-going Assistant Secretary of Salton Sea Policy Bruce Wilcox for a career devoted to trying to better the Salton Sea. The resolution was adopted by a unanimous vote of the SSA Board of Directors. Wilcox, who was present for the resolution, was appointed to serve as assistant secretary within the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) in 2015 under the Gov. Brown administration. It was a new post within CNRA, created in the wake of Gov. Brown’s

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