The Watermaster Board Excerpts from Final Antelope Valley Watermaster 2016 Annual Report, Todd Groundwater, Watermaster Engineer, dated August 1, 2017 (except as added where emphasized with italics) The adjudication provides a framework to sustainably manage the basin and reduce groundwater level declines and subsidence. To administer the Judgment, the Court directed appointment of the Watermaster (a five-member board). In 2016, the Watermaster Board and an Advisory Committee (both entities required under the Judgment) were formed. The Board finalized hiring of Todd Groundwater as Watermaster Engineer (required by the Judgment) at the end of April 2017 to provide hydrogeological and technical analyses and to guide administrative functions to fulfill the Judgment. The Court-appointed Watermaster Board is made up of five members including (currently):
- One representative from the Antelope Valley-East Kern Water Agency (AVEK) – Robert Parris
- One representative from the Los Angeles County Waterworks District No. 40 (District 40) – Adam Ariki
- One public water supplier selected by District 40, Palmdale Water District (PWD), Quartz Hill Water District (QHWD), Littlerock Creek Irrigation District (LCID), California Water Service Company (Cal Water), Desert Lake Community Services District (DLCSD), North Edwards Water District (NEWD), City of Palmdale, City of Lancaster, Palm Ranch Irrigation District (PRID), and Rosamond Community Services District (RCSD) – Leo Thibault, and
- Two landowner representatives (exclusive of public agencies and members of the Non-Pumper and Small Pumper Classes) who are selected by majority vote of the landowners identified on Exhibit 4 of the Physical Solution (or their successors in interest) based on their proportionate share of the total Production Rights identified on Exhibit 4 – John Calandri and Dennis Atkinson.
Watermaster Board of Directors, June 28, 2017. From left to right: John Calandri, Dennis Atkinson, Robert Parris (Chair), Leo Thibault, and Adam Ariki
Since the Judgment in 2015, the Antelope Valley Watermaster notes numerous accomplishments – the seating of the Board, formation of the Advisory Committee, establishment of key administrative staff and functions, and the retention of the Watermaster Engineer and Watermaster Attorney, both found after following an extensive search and public interview process. Perhaps the greatest achievement has been the ability of the Board, Advisory Committee, Watermaster Engineer, Attorney, stakeholders, and the public to work together in a collaborative and transparent manner. The Advisory Committee and other parties of the Judgment have taken an active role in advising the Watermaster Board on key issues; the Board, in turn, has considered this guidance and moved forward in its decision-making role. Following open discussion, every vote held to date by the Watermaster Board has led to a unanimous decision. The Antelope Valley Watermaster Board is encouraged by the cooperative effort and appreciate the opportunity to work together toward our shared goal of achieving groundwater sustainability in an equitable manner. The Antelope Valley Watermaster Board would like to thank all involved for their assistance during this first year of organization. We are encouraged by the cooperative effort and appreciate the opportunity to work together toward our shared goal of achieving groundwater sustainability in an equitable manner.