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SJC Councilman Larry Kramer Named to Lead San Juan Basin Authority

Some news regarding leadership changes at the San Juan Basin Authority, the local agency that manages a key component of the South Orange groundwater supply:

Capistrano Councilman Kramer to Lead Basin Authority with SMWD Director Olson

San Juan Capistrano City Councilman Larry Kramer on Tuesday was selected to lead the San Juan Basin Authority, an independent agency responsible for the management of a 26-square-mile groundwater basin in South Orange County.

Santa Margarita Water District Director Dr. Betty Olson will serve as Vice Chair.

Kramer replaces outgoing Chairman Larry McKenney, who has been appointed to represent southern Orange County on the board of the Metropolitan Water District of Los Angeles. Representatives from San Juan Capistrano and the Moulton-Niguel, Santa Margarita and South Coast water districts make up the Basin Authority Board. Wayne Redfield represents South Coast, while Scott Colton, formerly an alternate, now represents Moulton Niguel.

The basin has long been seen as a key local source of water. San Juan Capistrano and South Coast Water District use the basin to meet some of the demand of their residents.

McKenney joined the board of the Basin Authority in 2010 and had chaired the authority since 2012. In a resolution honoring his move to MWD, McKenney was lauded for his knowledge of the water industry and his sure-handed but even approach to governing the joint-powers authority.

Kramer, a former submarine captain for the U.S. Navy, was elected to the Capistrano City Council in 2010 and appointed by his colleagues there to represent the city on the Basin Authority. Olson is a Civil and Environmental Engineering professor at UCI who studies water quantity and quality. She was appointed to the Santa Margarita Water District Board of Directors in 1994, and first elected in 1996. She has served as Board President four times.

The Basin Authority meets at Santa Margarita Water District headquarters on the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, seeĀ

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