SACRAMENTO — Calexico native Celeste Cantú has been named executive director of the State Water Resources Control Board.
"I am particularly thrilled to work with an agency with renown and the technical knowledge of water and water rights," Cantú said Wednesday, adding she looks forward to the opportunity to work with a new board and new general counsel. "I feel very fortunate to be able to work with them to embrace the challenges of the 21st century."
As executive director, Cantú, 46, is tasked with planning, organizing and directing all activities of the state board, including statewide policy development and coordinating efforts with the nine state Regional Water Quality Control Boards.
The state board is processing the so-called petition for approval of the water transfer between the Imperial Irrigation District and the San Diego County Water Authority. The regional boards oversee the development, implementation and enforcement of the total maximum daily load water-quality program.