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December 2012
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Board Chairman Foley begins new term Jan. 1

John V. Foley will kick off his second term as chairman of the Metropolitan Water District board of directors in January.

Foley, who represents the Municipal Water District of Orange County on Metropolitan's board, was unanimously re-elected to a second term by his fellow board members in October. He previously presided as Metropolitan board chairman from December 1993 through 1998, and has represented MWDOC on the Metropolitan board since 1989.

"It is an honor to help lead Metropolitan into the future as chairman for another term, particularly during this important and crucial point in its history," Foley said when re-elected to lead the 37-member board.

Foley's top priorities include securing Metropolitan's State Water Project supplies with the approval of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), a comprehensive plan to improve California's water supply reliability and restore the ecosystem of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta. Metropolitan is working in cooperation with state and federal agencies on the development and implementation of the BDCP, which proposes a new conveyance system to move water through the Delta and protect it from seismic threats and water quality degradation.

In addition, Foley says Metropolitan must continue to emphasize its mission of providing safe and reliable water in an economically and environmentally responsible way to its large service area, which includes 26 member agencies representing six counties and nearly 19 million people spread over 5,200 square miles.

During Foley's latest term as chairman, Metropolitan significantly increased its water reserves, helping to shield Southern California from the impact of future droughts. At the end of 2012, Metropolitan is on track to have up to a record 2.6 million acre-feet of water stored in its reservoirs and groundwater storage programs and in Central Valley water banking partnerships.

Foley has a long history in the water industry, having served as general manager of the Moulton Niguel Water District and the Aliso Water Management Agency and as a member of the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board and the Bay/Delta Oversight Council.

A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a degree in engineering, Foley retired as a colonel in the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, with his last assignment as district engineer in five southwestern states. He currently represents Metropolitan on the Colorado River Board of California.

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