Executive level representatives from WRP member agencies

The Directors Group (DiG) meets annually to approve the Work Plan and discuss WRP initiatives. The Secretary of the State Resources Agency chairs the Directors Group which comprises the top officials from the 18 state and federal partner agencies.

The 2018 Director’s Group (formerly the Board of Governers) meeting celebrated the release of the Regional Strategy 2018, Wetlands on the Edge: The Future of Southern California’s Wetlands; The new regional strategy for recovering and protecting Southern California’s coastal wetlands on October 18th, 2018 at the Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista, CA. See the meeting minutes here.

See below for the presentations from the October 18th, 2018 meeting:

Regional Strategy 2018

WRP Work Plan

Marsh Adaptation Planning Tool (MAPT)

In-Lieu Fee Program Update

Los Cerritos Wetlands Project Update

San Elijo Lagoon Project Update

Trancas Lagoon Project Update



Directors Group

Federal Partners

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9
Tomas Torres, Director, Water Division

National Marine Fisheries Service
Chris Yates, Assistant Regional Administrator

Natural Resources Conservation Service
Carlos Suarez, State Conservationist

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Colonel Kirk Aaron C. Barta, Commander of the Los Angeles District

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Southwest Region
Paul Souza, Regional Director

State Partners 

California Natural Resources Agency
Wade Crowfoot, Secretary (Chair of the Directors Group)

State Coastal Conservancy
Sam Schuchat, Executive Officer

California Coastal Commission
Jack Ainsworth, Director

California Department of Fish & Wildlife
Charlton Bonham, Director

California Department of Parks & Recreation
Lisa Mangat, Director

State Lands Commission
Jennifer Lucchesi, Executive Officer

Wildlife Conservation Board
John Donnelly, Executive Director

California Environmental Protection Agency
Matthew Rodriguez, Secretary for Environmental Protection

State Water Resources Control Board
Jon Bishop, Chief Deputy Director

Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board
John Robertson, Executive Officer

Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board
Deborah Smith, Executive Officer

Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board
Hope Smythe, Executive Officer

San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board
David Gibson, Executive Officer