January 15, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
UPPER SAN GABRIEL VALLEY MWD BOARD OF DIRECTORS REORGANIZE FOR 2016
MONROVIA, CA – At the first board meeting for 2016, the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) Board of Directors elected Bryan Urias to serve as the 2016 Board President. Director Anthony Fellow, Ph.D., was elected to continue serving as Vice President and Director Michael Touhey was elected as Board Secretary/Treasurer.
Referencing the year ahead, Director Urias stated, “I greatly appreciate my fellow board members’ support and confidence in me to serve as President this year. I look forward to working with them to ensure that a reliable, affordable, and sustainable water supply continues to flow into the San Gabriel Valley long into the future.”
Director Urias first served as President of the Board in 2012, and then as Secretary/Treasurer from 2013-2015. He currently also serves as the Chair of Upper District’s Administration & Finance Committee, and is the board’s representative to the San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority and the San Gabriel Valley Water Association. Director Urias represents Division 5 which includes all, or parts of, Baldwin Park, Duarte, El Monte, and Irwindale.
First elected in 1991, Dr. Fellow is currently serving his seventh term on Upper District’s Board of Directors and his second consecutive year as the Board’s Vice President. Dr. Fellow will continue representing Upper District at the Main San Gabriel Basin Watermaster, San Gabriel River Discovery Center Authority, San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership, and the New Water Supply Coalition. Most recently, Dr. Fellow was appointed as a member of the Association of California Water Agencies’ Federal Affairs Committee and chairs Upper District’s Government Affairs & Community Outreach Committee. Dr. Fellow represents Division 1 which includes all, or parts of, Arcadia, Bradbury, El Monte, Monrovia, Rosemead, and Temple City.
Director Michael Touhey was elected to Upper District in November 2012 and is Upper District’s appointed representative on the Metropolitan Water District Board of Directors, where he serves as Vice Chair. Director Touhey was recently elected as the 2016-17 Region 8 Chair of the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA). Director Touhey additionally serves as the chair of Upper District’s Water Policy Committee and represents Division 4 which includes all, or parts of, Azusa, Covina, Glendora, Irwindale, and West Covina.
As the outgoing Board President, Director Touhey stated, “I want to extend my appreciation to the Board for their commitment to developing sound policies and implementing programs that helped us address the impacts of this unprecedented drought. I look forward to my new responsibilities representing Upper District as the Association of California Water Agencies Region 8 Chair.”
Director Charles M. Treviño is currently serving his second term of office on Upper District’s Board of Directors. He is an educator, long-time community leader and retired water sector professional. Director Treviño currently represents Upper District on ACWA’s Joint Powers Insurance Authority, the Main San Gabriel Basin Watermaster, and the San Gabriel Valley Protective Association. He is also a member of Upper District’s Water Policy Committee. Director Treviño represents Division 2 which includes all, or parts of, Arcadia, Rosemead, San Gabriel, South Pasadena, South San Gabriel, and Temple City.
Director Ed Chavez is also serving his second term on Upper District’s Board of Directors. Director Chavez, an educator, is a former Board Member of the Bassett Unified School District, Mayor and Councilmember of the City of La Puente, and three-term member of the California State Assembly representing the 57th District. Director Chavez currently serves as a member of Upper District’s Government Affairs & Community Outreach Committee. Director Chavez represents Division 3 which includes all, or parts of, Avocado Heights, City of Industry, Hacienda Heights, La Puente, and South El Monte.
Upper District’s mission is to provide a reliable, sustainable, diversified and affordable portfolio of high quality water supplies to the San Gabriel Valley; including water conservation, recycled water, storm water capture, storage, water transfers and imported water. Upper District services nearly one million people in its 144 square mile service territory. Governed by a five member elected board of directors, Upper District is a member agency of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Annually, more than 78 billion gallons of water is used in Upper District’s service area. For more information about Upper District, please visit our website www.upperdistrict.org or call 626-443-2297.