OCWD Board of Directors

Cathy Green
First Vice President
Denis R. Bilodeau, P.E.
Second Vice President
Philip L. Anthony
Jordan Brandman
Shawn Dewane
Jan M. Flory, ESQ.
Dina L. Nguyen, ESQ.
Roman Reyna
Stephen R. Sheldon
Roger C. Yoh, P.E.
General Manager
Michael R. Markus
P.E., D.WRE.

President's Message – Meeting the Conservation Mark

Director Cathy Green's Photo
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, California is in an exceptional drought: "Exceptional or widespread crop/pasture loss; a shortage of water in reservoirs and streams creating a water emergency." This is the definition of "exceptional drought" by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

A wet winter is anticipated because of forecasts of an El Niño, which is an above normal surface temperature in the southeast Pacific. El Niño refers to the Christ child because it often occurs at Christmas or midwinter. Forecasts* through October show that the drought will not only persist, it will intensify. Despite a wet winter, there will not be enough rain to make up for the four years of drought California has sustained.

Even without a drought, California has an ever-increasing demand for water due to growth in population, agriculture and industry. Read More...

August is National Water Quality Month

Water sustains life. We in central and north Orange County are fortunate to have it readily available when we turn on our faucet and we don't usually give it a second thought. August is National Water Quality Month and the Orange County Water District (OCWD; the District) would like everyone to think about drinking water. Ask yourself, "What is my household and community doing to protect our freshwater?"

Pollution from one household might not be enough to close a beach or close down a groundwater well, but multiply that by the 2.4 million consumers in the Orange County Water District and the farms and industries within it and it can become a serious problem. Thanks to stringent monitoring and testing, Orange County's drinking water is safe, but the region's water quality faces real threats. Read More...

New Geologic Cross Sections of Talbert Seawater Barrier Prepared

OCWD staff recently prepared two geologic cross sections that take present day information and adjust it with historic evidence for an even more accurate picture of where injected water is going to ensure proper protection of the basin from seawater intrusion. Read More...

A geotechnical engineer prepares laboratory samples and documents the findings of borings in Centennial Park.

Protecting the Basin in High-Pumping Area

OCWD staff recently held the Mid-Basin Injection (MBI) Centennial Park kick-off meeting for the design phase. The consultant, Tetra Tech, performed geotechnical and survey work in August. The design is expected to be complete during the late summer of 2016, at which time project financing will be sought. Operation of the four new injection wells is expected by the end of 2019. Read More...

Black & Veatch Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Festivities at Black & Veatch headquarters in Overland Park, Kansas, mark the company’s 100-year anniversary.
Black & Veatch, a global infrastructure provider that has worked with the Orange County Water District on several key components in Orange County’s groundwater management, is celebrating its 100-year anniversary. Founded in 1915 by Ernest Bateman Black and Nathan Thomas Veatch with 12 employees, the company has grown to more than 10,000 professionals and provides energy, water and telecommunications solutions in more than 100 countries. Read More...

August 2015 Legislative Update

The Orange County Water District (District) works to influence legislation and funding in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., to ensure Orange County's groundwater basin is protected and supports a reliable, affordable, and safe water supply for the 2.4 million people that it serves.

Maintaining an active presence in the government arena is a vital part of what the District does to forge and maintain long-term, positive and proactive relationships with legislative offices, support water supplies from the State Water Project and Colorado River, to expand water reuse, enable the development of new water supplies, expand the use of new technologies, and to promote water conservation. Below is a summary of some of the key legislation impacting Orange County’s water supplies and OCWD's positions on them.


  • H.R 2822 Appropriations Bill: Funding for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF): Position: Support full funding at the President's 2016 level. The SRF provides low-interest loans and is integral to the development of large projects (including recycled water projects) in California.
  • H.R. 2898: the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015 (Congressman Valadao). Position: Support with recommendations. H.R. 2898 provides support for water storage facilities, among many other provisions. OCWD requests additional support of desalination and water recycling projects and flexibility to capture water at federal dams during storm events, for example, at Prado Dam.
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Out in the Community

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As part of its standard to forge and maintain long-term, positive and proactive relationships with members of the community and be transparent about its operations and programs, OCWD board members and staff participate, regularly, at community events and speak before civic groups. We participated in the following during July:
  • Directors Philip Anthony and Cathy Green and OCWD Exec. Dir. of Engineering, Planning and Local Resources John Kennedy attended the city of Garden Grove City Council meeting and gave updates on the District's work regarding the Poseidon Huntington Beach desalination project.
  • District staff met with representatives of the city of Santa Ana and Irvine Ranch Water District to discuss potential "early action" remedial options for the South Basin groundwater contamination. Staff indicated that it is considering the potential need to implement a pilot-scale test facility to evaluate water treatment technologies in support of the District's ongoing remedial investigation/feasibility study.
  • Chief Hydrogeologist Roy Herndon participated in a meeting to advise the State Department of Water Resources on implementation of aspects of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. Specific issues discussed included the draft basin boundary regulations, water availability for groundwater replenishment, and intra-basin coordination agreements, among other topics.
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OCWD in the News

OCWD continues to be recognized for its leadership in the water industry. Below are a few of the recent media highlights:

OCWD Employees

OCWD's employees are its most valuable resources. It is committed to recruiting the best and enriching their lives to grow within the water industry and the District family.

New Hires

Christian Castro
Laboratory Intern
Laboratory Department

Leo Chen
Laboratory Intern
Laboratory Department

Elder Turcios
Laboratory Intern
Laboratory Department

Bryan Vazquez
Laboratory Intern
Laboratory Department

July Tours

Thank you to the nearly 300 guests that toured OCWD's facilities in July:

West Coast University Nursing Students
Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do and his staff; AP Reporter Justin Pritchard; Nursing students from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), and West Coast University; students from CSUF's International Exchange Program, University of California, Irvine Exchange Program, Godinez High School Summer Program, and health sciences students from CSUF; delegates from Brazil and the Korean Water & Wastewater Association; a group from the Orange County Department of Education; representatives from Kimberly Clark, and from Outside the Lines, Inc.; attendees of the GLOBE Conference; staff from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Black & Veatch and MET; members of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the State Water Resources Control Board, an operations workshop for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MET) management staff, the Brea Congregational United Church of Christ and members of the general public.

Public tours of the Groundwater Replenishment System are offered at
10 a.m. on the first Friday of every month; reservations are required. Tours may be scheduled for other days of the week, depending on staff availability. To schedule a tour or to request more information, please contact Becky Mudd at (714) 378-3362 or bmudd@ocwd.com. To schedule a speaker, please contact Rose Wilke at (714) 378-3206 or rwilke@ocwd.com. You may also visit www.ocwd.com to schedule these activities online.

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