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Susan Tatayon: Water Resources Veteran Confirmed as Council Member

May and June 2015
Susan Tatayon

The California State Senate in March confirmed Governor Jerry Brown’s appointment of Susan Tatayon as a member of the Delta Stewardship Council. Tatayon was appointed in 2014 for a four-year term and received unanimous approval of the Senate Rules Committee.

“I believe I bring to the Council a very broad prospective of experience and knowledge relating to California’s water issues,” said Tatayon before the Committee. “I have done and continue to do my absolute best to work collaboratively with all the stakeholders who have vested interests in the Delta.”

Tatayon has been Associate Director of The Nature Conservancy’s California Water Program since 2006. She has more than 30 years of experience in water resources policy, planning and management. In recent years, she has worked with agencies, reclamation districts, and natural-resource managers to design and implement innovative policies and strategies aimed at sustaining healthy aquatic ecosystems and reliable water supplies.

She was elected to the Floodplain Management Association board of directors in 2013. From 2011 to 2013, she co-chaired the California Water Plan Update Advisory Committee’s Finance Caucus. In 2009, she served on work groups that helped define the scope of the first Central Valley Flood Protection Plan. In 2007, she served as a member of the stakeholder group advising the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force for sustainable management of the Delta.

Prior to working for The Nature Conservancy, Tatayon managed projects and staff for a multinational consulting firm, where she managed staff working on integrated water management plans and such projects as the Lower American River Flow Regime, the 2005 California Water Plan Update, and off-stream storage investigations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from California State University, Sacramento.

To view her bio on the Council website, please click here.

Coequal goals

The Delta Stewardship Council was created in legislation to achieve the state mandated coequal goals for the Delta. "'Coequal goals' means the two goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. The coequal goals shall be achieved in a manner that protects and enhances the unique cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta as an evolving place." (CA Water Code §85054)