The Federal Role in Water Resources for Southern California.

A Water Resources Student Group Seminar presented by William Steele, Area Manager, Bureau of Reclamation, Lower Colorado Region, Southern California Area Office

 The Federal Role in Water Resources for Southern California.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
La Kretz Hall, Suite 300, Large conference room

About the Speaker

William “Bill” Steele is the Area Manager of the Southern California Area Office.  He oversees implementation of Reclamation’s program which includes:  Title XVI Reclamation Water Reuse and Recycling; desalination research; water conservation; drought assistance; planning activities covering water reuse and recycling, conjunctive use of ground and surface water resources, storm water runoff augmentation, watershed modeling to address both water quantity and quality issues, and the development of new water sources; and technical assistance to Native American Tribes.

Bill has worked in water resources since 1972 at the State and Federal levels of government as well as a private consultant.  He has over 40 years of experience in water resources.  His Federal service has all been with Reclamation for over 33 years, with the last 11 years serving as Area Manager in Southern California.  Prior to coming to Southern California, Bill held various positions in Reclamation’s Washington headquarters office as an analyst in program, budget and policy since 1990.  From 2000 to 2002, he represented the Lower Colorado Regional Director in Washington as their Regional Liaison with the Department of the Interior, Congress and OMB.  From 1998 to 2000, he was the Federal Program Manager of the Salton Sea Project and served as the joint lead with the Salton Sea Authority.  Prior to 1985, Bill held economics and planning positions with Reclamation for more than 10 years in Denver, Colorado, and Amarillo, Texas.  Bill also retired after 28 years from the US Army Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel. 

On October 28th, 2012, Bill was recognized by California State University, San Bernardino for his many years in water as their 10th recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award in Water Resources.

Bill Steele is a native of Virginia and attended college at Clemson University, Clemson, SC where he earned both a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics and a Master of Science in Resources Economics with a minor in City and Regional Planning.

Bill is married and the father of three children and the grandfather of two grandchildren.

About the Water Resources Student Group

The Water Resources Student Group is a multi-disciplinary cohort of graduate students from across the University who are conducting water resources research. The Water Resources Student Group, supported by the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, holds seminars on different topics in water resources. The seminars are anchored with a formal talk from an expert in the field and allow ample time for discussion and networking. This series of water resources seminars enhances connections between currently disparate nodes of water research while providing students with exposure to key stakeholders in the wider water industry.  External presenters are exposed to the breadth and depth of UCLA water resources research, providing opportunities for future collaborations.