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Grant Davis

Grant Davis, Director
Department of Water Resources

Grant Davis was appointed Director of the California Department of Water Resources by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in August 2017.

DWR operates and maintains the California State Water Project, manages floodwaters, monitors dam safety, conducts habitat restoration, and provides technical assistance and funding for projects for local water needs. Davis will oversee the Department and its mission to manage and protect California’s water resources, working with other agencies in order to benefit the State’s people and to protect, restore and enhance the natural and human environments.

Davis has been the General Manager of the Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) since 2009, where he also served as the Assistant General Manager from 2007 to 2009. Davis was responsible for SCWA’s core functions of maintaining nearly 100 miles of streams and detention basins for flood protection, restoring habitat for three federally listed fish species in the Russian River, delivering drinking water to more than 600,000 residents of Sonoma and Marin counties, and providing wastewater management for 60,000 customers. In cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he was also responsible for the operation of Lake Mendocino and Coyote Valley Dam and Lake Sonoma and Warm Springs Dam. Davis was instrumental in implementing a renewable energy portfolio that has resulted in a carbon free water supply and distribution system.

Prior to joining the Sonoma County Water Agency, Davis was Executive Director of The Bay Institute – a science-based, non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the San Francisco Bay-Delta watershed and improving water management in California. He was Executive Director from 1997 – 2007.

In addition, Davis has an extensive legislative and policy background working at the local, State and federal levels of government.

A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Davis received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:
California Department of Water Resources
P.O. Box 942836, Room 1115-1
Sacramento, CA 94236-0001

Street Address:
1416 9th Street, Room 1115-1
Sacramento, CA 95814

Janiene Friend, Administrative Assistant
Telephone: (916) 653-7007
E-Mail Address:
Mailing Address: Same as above