New director for California DWR in wake of Oroville report

11 January 2018

Karla Nemeth has been appointed the director of the California Department of Water Resources following the exit of previous director Grant Davis, shortly after the release of an independent report into the February 2017 Oroville dam spillway disaster.

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr replaced Davis with Nemeth, who has served as Governor Brown’s deputy secretary and senior advisor for water policy at the California Natural Resources Agency since 2014.

Davis had only been in the role since Summer 2017. He was previously at the Sonoma County Water Agency, and is due to return to the agency to serve as general manager.

The independent report, released last week, said that no single root cause was found to be responsible for the failure of the auxiliary spillway – rather it said it was the result of ‘long-term systemic failure of the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), regulatory, and general industry practices to recognize and address inherent spillway design and construction weaknesses, poor bedrock quality, and deteriorated service spillway chute conditions.’

Privacy Policy
We have updated our privacy policy. In the latest update it explains what cookies are and how we use them on our site. To learn more about cookies and their benefits, please view our privacy policy. Please be aware that parts of this site will not function correctly if you disable cookies. By continuing to use this site, you consent to our use of cookies in accordance with our privacy policy unless you have disabled them.