Board of Trustees

(Above) 2010 SRWP Board of Trustees

SRWP is implemented by a 21-member Board of Trustees and stakeholder committees using a consensus-based approach. Board of Trustees meets on a bi-monthly basis and participates on one or more SRWP committees.

Beverley Anderson-Abbs

California Department of Water Resources

Beverley has 9 years of teaching experience, including environmental science and watershed management for 6th grade through community college level learners. As Resource Conservationist and Executive Director for the Sacramento River Conservation Area Forum, she spent 6 years working with diverse groups along the Sacramento River to ensure coordination of habitat restoration projects to benefit the riparian habitat and associated species. She created the Bank Swallow Technical Advisory Committee in response to habitat losses associated with bank protection, and was working closely with the US Army Corps of Engineers and DWR to determine locations where previously placed bank armor could be removed for the benefit of the bank swallow and many other riverine and riparian species. She has experience in planning and facilitating meetings as well as coordinating various other technical advisory committees. Beverley is currently working as an Environmental Scientist for the Department of Water Resources current position with Department of Water Resources, involved with water quality and quantity monitoring, and data management and analysis associated with the state and federal water projects, and the Sacramento River Watershed as a whole.

Elizabeth Betancourt

Forsgren Associates, Inc.

Elizabeth is a Watershed Science and Policy Analyst at Forsgren Associates. She's done consulting in watershed planning and management, including climate change assessments and drought planning; project development and management; water conservation opportunity evaluation, planning, and implementation; stakeholder identification, outreach, and facilitation; and policy analysis and development. Prior to joining the consulting field, Elizabeth worked at the California Urban Water Conservation Council, aiding in the implementation of SB7x-7 and helping water agencies to meet conservation goals. She also has worked for El Dorado Irrigation District, writing the South Fork American River Watershed Plan with the watershed group, heading up climate emissions accounting and management, and working with partner organizations to implement the CABY IRWMP. Elizabeth holds a M.S. in Watershed Science from Colorado State University and a B.S. in Environmental Biology and Management from U.C. Davis.

Jerry Bird

US Forest Service

Jerry Bird began his career with the US Forest Service in 1999. Since 2011, he has worked as the Klamath Basin Coordinator, a position supporting forests in both the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Southwest Regions. In 2012, Jerry relocated to Sacramento and added additional duties in the Pacific Southwest Region as the Regional Forester Liaison for Ecological Restoration. In addition to working with water and salmon issues, he facilitates and leads a monthly state-wide Biomass Working Group seeking opportunities to turn wood byproducts into energy. He has held a number of positions with the agency with almost all of his work related to the management of water resources. Early in his career, Jerry worked on grassland (North Dakota) and forest (Idaho) ranger districts as a GIS Specialist and hydrologist. Later, he worked as a hydrologist and team leader for a hydropower and water-system easement team based in Salt Lake City. Jerry worked on this inter-regional team, supporting forests in four regions spanning 12 states in the interior west, for over eight years. Jerry holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from the University of Oregon and a Master’s Degree in Earth and Planetary Science from the University of New Mexico.

Karen Buhr

California Association of Resource Conservation Districts

Tam Doduc

State Water Resources Control Boardmember

Tam is the Professional Civil Engineer Member of the State Water Resources Control Board, which has the joint authority of water right allocation and water quality protection in California. Her focus areas include ocean protection, water recycling, climate change, research and monitoring, groundwater protection, and organizational performance measurement and strategic planning. Tam previously served as Deputy Secretary at the California Environmental Protection Agency. Her environmental experience includes work in air quality, environmental justice, scientific peer review, hazardous substances control, health risk assessment, and environmental technology certification. In her free time, Tam enjoys biking and landscape photography.

Chris Elliott (Chair)

ICF International

Chris directs projects in water resources compliance, flood management, landscape architecture, habitat restoration, and recreation and open-space planning. His expertise includes master planning, site assessment, development of design objectives and guidelines, arborist surveys, facilitation of public meetings, preparation of construction documents, trail design, visual resources analysis, environmental documentation, regulatory compliance, construction oversight, and monitoring and adaptive management.

He specializes in integration of multiple-use objectives (e.g., flood control, recreation, habitat restoration, and urban development) into river systems and has worked in watersheds, such as the American, Sacramento, Yuba, Feather, Bear, Mokelumne, and Carmel Rivers. He has a B.S. in Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Davis.

Dennis Heiman

Retired from Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board

In August 2009, Dennis retired after 35 years as an Environmental Scientist with the State Water Resources Control Board and the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. He continues to work as a 'voluntary' staff member of the Regional Board. Prior to Water Board employment, he received his BS in Fisheries Biology and MS in Aquatic Entomology from Michigan State University and a PhD in Aquatic Ecology from Univ. of CA, Davis. In recent years when working for the Redding Office of the Central Valley Regional Board, he was involved in providing technical and financial assistance (via state and federal grants) to locally directed watershed management programs throughout the northern part of the Sacramento River Basin. In retirement, he continues to participate and be involved in this capacity.

Butch Hodgkins

Retired from Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency

In 2003, Butch retired from his position as the Executive Director of the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA) and now works part time for SAFCA as a project manager. He served as SAFCA's Executive Director for 10 years. SAFCA is a joint powers agency created to address the Sacramento Region's need for greater flood protection. SAFCA seeks to integrate environmental restoration and enhancement into improved flood protection. Prior to his work at SAFCA, Butch served as the Deputy Public Works Director for Sacramento County

Heidi Krolick (Secretary)

Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council

Heidi works as a Regional Land Conservation Manager with the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council, an organization established to ensure the preservation and enhancement of 140,000 acres of watershed lands currently owned by PG&E in the Sierra and Cascade Mountain Ranges. Heidi's area of focus is within the Feather, Yuba, Bear and American Rivers. Prior to joining the Stewardship Council, Heidi acted as a Restoration Specialist and Project Manager for ECORP Consulting, Inc., a biological consulting firm based in Rocklin, Ca. In her free time, you will likely find her in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada hiking, backpacking or snowshoeing with her husband and their two dogs.

Todd Manley (Co-Chair)

Northern California Water Association

Todd is the Northern California Water Association’s (NCWA) Director of Government Relations.Todd works with NCWA members on issues at the federal, state and local levels. He also coordinates with government agencies, urban and agricultural water interests, and environmental organizations on various issues, including legislative negotiations, appropriations, Sacramento Valley Integrated Regional Water Management Plan implementation, Sacramento Valley Water Management Agreement, Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA), Endangered Species Act regulations, water use efficiency and groundwater management.

Previously, Todd served as Federal Legislative Advocate in the Association of California Water Agencies’ (ACWA) Washington, D.C. office. In that position, he represented the association before federal legislative and administrative branch officials on a number of issues, including Endangered Species Act reauthorization, appropriations, federal projects, electric industry restructuring, and hydroelectric re-licensing.

Todd serves on the Sacramento Valley Landowners Association Board of Directors, the California Water Policy Conference Planning Committee and the Northern Sacramento Valley Water Forum Steering Committee.

He is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento’s College of Business Administration where he received the degree of Master of Business Administration. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from the University of California, Davis. Todd is also a graduate of the California Agricultural Leadership Program.

Elizabeth Mansfield

Sierra Water Workgroup


Liz Mansfield is currently working as the Sierra Water Workgroup Coordinator for the Sierra Water Workgroup. Previously she worked for El Dorado Irrigation District as the Water Resources Manager. She was the Executive Director of the Integrated Regional Water Management Planning group for the Cosumnes, American, Bear and Yuba River Region (CABY). She also held the position as Deputy Assistant to the California Department of Water Resources and Water Consultant to the California Legislature, Assembly Committee on Water, Parks And Wildlife.

Robert Meacher

Watershed and Natural Resources Policy Consultant

Robert serves on numerous environmental committees throughout the state, and also served on the Plumas County Board of Supervisors for 20 years.

Irenia Quitiquit

Director for the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians

Irenia Quitiquit is the Environmental Director for the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians located in Lakeport, California (Lake County) with offices also located in Contra Costa County, Ca. From 1995-2009 Irenia developed and established the Tribal Environmental Program for Robinson Rancheria. Irenia is the recipient of two awards, the USEPA 2002 Conner Byestewa Award recognizing her efforts of strengthening Tribal self-government and improving human health and the environment within Indian County and the 2002 USEPA Wastewise Award for her recycling programs efforts in reducing the waste stream of tribal offices, tribal homes and tribal businesses. As the Environmental Director, Irenia continues her work on capacity-building of the Tribes environmental programs in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy, Clear Lake water quality, fish monitoring & tagging, watershed restoration, development of environmental ordinances, GIS/GPS mapping, pesticide regulation, emergency response management, update Tribal Hazard Mitigation Plan, cultural resource management and collaborative partnership on local environmental projects. In 2009, the (5) Lake County Tribes referred to as the Hinthil Environmental Resource Consortium (HERC), a grassroots tribal environmental organization that comes together to address county-wide environmental issues,received the USEPA Conner Byestewa Award for their outstanding work on environmental issues and collaborative work.

Bob Shanks

Retired from Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District

Robert (Bob) Shanks is a retired Civil Engineer (with a focus on Environmental Engineering) who spent his professional career working initially with the State Water Resources Control Board (1975-79) and then the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (SRCSD) (1979-2006). Bob spent most of the latter part of his career as the District Engineer/Manager of the SRCSD. During his time as Manager Bob obtained federal funds to start the Sacramento River Toxic Pollutant Control Program which over time evolved into the Sacramento River Watershed Program (SRWP). Bob became one of the founding trustees of the SRWP and has served on the Board since its founding.

Fraser Sime

Retired California Department of Water Resources

Fraser recently retired from a 22 year career as a Senior Environmental Scientist with the State of California, Department of Water Resources, where he was Chief of the department's Water Quality and Biology, and Watershed Management programs for Northern California.

He has over 35 years of experience in watershed, water and natural resource management, varying from providing technical assistance in program design and administration, restoration project design and implementation, supervision of professional, technical and administrative staff, and grant program management, to supporting environmental education and stewardship programs. In addition, he has extensive experience working with all levels of governmental agencies, including tribes, as well as various types of non-profit and ad hoc type organizations.

Todd Sloat

The Pit River Watershed Alliance