IRWD’s LaMar Elected President of Statewide Water Agency Coalition

Irvine Ranch Water District Board President Steven LaMar has been elected to a two-year term as president of the Association of California Water Agencies, the largest statewide coalition of public water agencies in the nation.

ACWA members elected him to his new role after two years as the association’s vice president. His term as president will begin in January.

LaMar, a water policy and planning expert, has served on the IRWD Board of Directors since 2009, including terms as president in 2019, 2015, 2014 and 2011 and as vice president in 2018 and 2013.

LaMar has extensive water policy service. He was a member of the California Water Plan 2009 Advisory Committee and a member of the Delta Vision Stakeholders Coordination Group. He was chair of the Economic Work Group for the 2006 California Landscape Task Force. He served as a member of the 2005 State Water Desalination Task Force and the 2000 Governor’s Advisory Drought Planning Panel, and was chair of the California Building Industry Association’s statewide Water Resources Subcommittee and Task Force.

He is past chair of ACWA’s Federal Affairs and Headwaters Task Force, and has served on the board of several other water-related organizations, including the National Water Resources Association (representing 17 Western states), the Southern California Water Coalition, CalDesal and the National Water Research Institute.

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Newly elected ACWA President Steven LaMar addresses participants at the 2019 ACWA Fall Conference & Exhibition in San Diego.

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Outgoing president Brent Hastey says his good-byes before handing the gavel over to Steven LaMar at the General Session Luncheon.

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Steven LaMar laughs with colleagues at the ACWA’s State Legislative Committee's meet-and-greet coffee break.