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Watermaster Board
2020 Chino Basin Watermaster Board


Following is a list of representatives currently serving on the Watermaster Board:

2020 Board Representatives

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Jeff Pierson, Chair
(Overlying Agricultural Pool - Crops)

Mr. Jeffrey Pierson has been involved in both the Dairy and Farming industries within the Inland Empire Region for over three decades. He has participated as an officer of the Overlying Agricultural Pool and Advisory Committee throughout this period and has been involved with the evolution of Watermaster to its present-day configuration.

Mr. Pierson represents one of the largest property owners in the Chino Basin. Over the course of his career, he has been responsible for supervising and coordinating the production aspects of large scale real estate development, including land entitlements, engineering studies and documentation, land planning and architecture, construction management and general contracting, along with the acquisition and disposition of raw and finished product. He serves as the Principle-in-Charge of individual development projects controlled or managed by Unitex Management Corp., the Intex family of corporations and partnerships, and Eastvale Development Company.

Mr. Pierson is a graduate of the University of Southern California in Civil Engineering and the University of California, Irvine, in the Graduate School of Business, Executive Management Program.

Mr. Pierson represents the Overlying Agricultural Pool on the Watermaster Board.


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James Curatalo, Vice-Chair
(Appropriative Pool - Fontana Union Water Company)

James V. Curatalo, Jr. was elected to the Cucamonga Valley Water District Board of Directors in November 1999. He represents Division 5 and currently serves on the Water Resources Committee and the Human Resources/Risk Management Committee. Director Curatalo represents CVWD as the regular special district member for the County of San Bernardino, Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), where he serves as Vice-Chairman of the Commission. Director Curatalo also serves as the Chairman of the Fontana Union Water Company, a mutual water agency in which CVWD is the majority shareholder. As a representative of the Fontana Union Water Company, he was appointed to the Chino Basin Watermaster and currently serves as Vice-Chair.

President Curatalo is a retired battalion chief from the Rancho Cucamonga Fire Protection District. His background and experience include fire safety, technical rescue, hazardous material incident management, and he has served as a training officer for his department. Prior to his employment with the Fire District, he was a contractor operating his own business in the San Gabriel Valley.


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Bob G. Kuhn, Secretary/Treasurer
(Municipal - Three Valleys Municipal Water District)

Bob and his wife have lived in Glendora for over 56 years.

Bob served four years on the City Planning Commission and eight years on the Glendora City Council, three of those years as mayor. As a Council Member, he served on the San Gabriel Valley Association of Cities, Southern California Association of Governments, was a delegate to the League of California Cities and the Los Angeles County Sanitation District. He is a past President of both the Foothill Transit Board and Independent Cities Risk Management Association. He also served on the San Gabriel Valley Planning Committee and as an alternate on the Los Angeles County LAFCO Board.

Currently, he is serving his fifth term on the board of Three Valleys MWD. He is currently the president of the board and has held this position for the past 17 years. He is a past chairman of the San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority and currently serving as the Vice Chairman. Also, he is currently a board member of the San Gabriel Economic Partnership and a member of the Board of Directors of Glendora Community Hospital. He is a member of the Glendora Rotary Club and a Mason.

Bob is Semi Retired as the owner of a Glendora based insurance agency.


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Robert Bowcock, Member
(Overlying Non-Agricultural Pool - CalMat Co.)

Mr. Robert Bowcock has been appointed to serve on several Watermaster Boards by California Superior Courts since 1990. He currently represents municipal, industrial and commercial parties in the Chino, San Gabriel, Raymond, Mojave, Central and West Los Angeles, Upper Los Angeles River, Santa Clara and San Diego River Basin Judgments in California. Mr. Bowcock founded Integrated Resource Management, Inc. in 1997 after serving as a Water Utility Manager in Azusa (1991-97) and Huntington Park (1987-91), California. Prior to that, Mr. Bowcock worked for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (1982-87), and as a United States Army Civil Affairs Team Leader designed and constructed water treatment and distribution systems for various federal branches of government in Southeast Asia and South America. Mr. Bowcock is also a founder and strategic advisor to Aqua Capital Management LP and AquaTecture, LLC. He is a licensed California Grade V Water Treatment Operator and maintains various other water industry licenses and certifications. He routinely provides expert witness testimony to both state and federal courts and conducts research and writes reports for legal firms in the specific area of water resource management.


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Steve Elie, Member
(Municipal - Inland Empire Utilities Agency)

Mr. Elie was first appointed as the Inland Empire Utilities Agency’s representative to the Watermaster Board and has served continuously since January, 2011. Mr. Elie previously served as Vice Chair (2014) and Chair (2015-16) of the Watermaster Board.

In November, 2010 and 2014, Mr. Elie was elected as the representative of IEUA Division 3, representing the Cities of Chino and Chino Hills, and currently serves as IEUA’s President. He previously served as Secretary/Treasurer (2011-2016). Mr. Elie also serves as the Chair of IEUA’s Community and Legislative Affairs Committee and as a member of IEUA’s Audit Committee, as IEUA’s representative to the San Bernardino County Association of Special Districts, and as an alternate on the Chino Basin Desalter Authority.

Mr. Elie is an attorney who has practiced for almost 30 years and regularly represents public entities and public utility regulated entities in complex, multiparty litigation and administrative matters, including soil and groundwater contamination.


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Donald D. Galleano, Member
(Municipal - Western Municipal Water District)

A champion of regional water interests across the Inland Empire, Don Galleano has been a public servant in Riverside County for more than 40 years. In 2004, he was elected to the Western Municipal Water District Board of Directors after serving nearly twenty-five years on the Jurupa Community Services District Board. He represents Western’s Division #4, which includes the cities of Eastvale, Jurupa Valley and Norco.

As Western’s sole representative on the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Board, Don Galleano is responsible for acting on behalf of the interests of the nearly one million customers who receive their water both directly and indirectly from Western. Currently, he serves on Metropolitan’s Engineering & Operations, Agriculture and Industry Relations, Communications and Legislation and Integrated Resources Planning committees. His leadership role in the greater watershed also includes a seat on the Chino Basin Watermaster Board, which is charged with managing the Chino groundwater basin, one of the largest in Southern California.

Don Galleano is a third-generation winegrower at the Historic Cantu-Galleano Ranch, home to Galleano Winery, a highly-acclaimed dry farming operation.

Galleano is past president of the Western Riverside County Businessman’s Association and the Jurupa Chamber of Commerce. He is currently serving on the National Orange Show Foundation Board, the Los Angeles County Fair Association Board and is the Chairman of the Pacific Rim Wine Competition.

Don Galleano’s current term on the Western Municipal Water District Board expires in December 2020.


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Paul Hofer, Member
(Overlying Agricultural Pool - Crops)

Paul Hofer represents the Agricultural Pool on the Watermaster Board. He currently also serves on the Board of Directors for the Inland Empire Utilities Agency, District 2. Mr. Hofer has previously served on the Chino Basin Water Conservation District Board of Directors for over 20 years as both President and Vice President. Mr. Hofer is a resident of Ontario where he has spent his lifetime career as a farmer.


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Victor Preciado, Member
(Appropriative Pool - City of Pomona)

Councilmember Victor Preciado represents Pomona’s District 2 and is committed to fostering partnerships to create an inclusive Pomona. Along with his parents, Victor immigrated to Pomona at an early age and is the eldest child of three, with two sisters. Victor inherited a dedicated, blue-collar work ethic from his parents and started working in the supermarket industry at the age of 15. At 19, after receiving a cancer diagnosis, and successfully beating his cancer, Victor was inspired to live a life serving his community. In his first term, Councilmember Preciado is concentrating on:

  • Community Engagement
  • Economic Development
  • Affordable Housing, and
  • Youth Mentorship
Through his involvement in the community, Victor has worked with several community-based organizations, including:
  • Latino/a Roundtable
  • The dA Center for the Arts
  • DayOne
  • Pomona Valley Democrats
  • Pomona's Promise
  • Pomona Valley Runners
  • College for All Coalition
  • Pomona Leadership Network
  • Parent Teacher Association
Victor has also helped organize and coordinate events such as:
  • The Pomona 5K
  • Pomona Beautification Day
  • The Pomona Children's Festival
  • The Cesar Chavez Pilgrimage
As a Councilmember, Victor wants to help protect our natural resources. He is currently serving on a number of boards, including:
  • The Spadra Basin Watermaster
  • Pomona Valley Protection Agency
  • Pomona Walnut Rowland JPA
  • Six Basins Watermaster
  • The Chino Basin Watermaster
Victor also serves on the board of the Downtown Pomona Owners Association. With this appointment, he focuses on enriching the Downtown Arts Colony, creating a family oriented experience, and making Downtown Pomona a regional destination for everyone.

In addition to his responsibilities as a Councilmember, he plans to continue to volunteer in his community along with his wife, Marisol Ramirez.


Peter Rogers

Peter Rogers, Member
(Appropriative Pool - City of Chino Hills)

Council Member Peter Rogers was elected to the Chino Hills City Council in 2006, and was re-elected in 2010, 2014, and 2018. He has served three terms as Mayor. He began his public service on the City’s Parks and Recreation Commission in 1998 after interacting with the Commission for many years as President of Canyon Hills Little League.

Council Member Rogers served on the Chino Basin Watermaster Board in 2012 and 2013. He has also served as Chair, Vice Chair, and Board Member of the Chino Desalter Authority (CDA), and the Water Facilities Authority (WFA). He represents Chino Hills on the Policy Committee of the Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA).

He is a member and Past President of the Rancho Del Chino Rotary Club. Council Member Rogers is the Chair of the Chino Hills Community Foundation, which was founded in 2008. He founded chARTS, the Arts Committee of the Foundation in 2013. Council Member Rogers and his wife Merry have lived in Chino Hills since 1986. He is a small business owner. His Chino Hills-based company, Peter Rogers Photography, serves the advertising and public relations needs of many major corporations.

   
   

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