Celebrating Director William “Bill” Stevens
Zone 7 commemorated and celebrated the more than 20-years of service Director William “Bill” Stevens has given to Zone 7 and the Livermore-Amador Valley community at Wednesday’s Board of Directors Meeting. Mr. Stevens was elected to the Board in 1998, served three terms as Vice-President and President of the Board, and retired from the Board in March of this year.
Mr. Stevens was an integral part of the development of many Board-driven initiatives such as the Mission, Vision and Values Statements, and Strategic Planning Priorities for the Agency. Over the years Mr. Stevens served on the Administrative, Finance, Liaison, Water Resources Committees, and many Ad Hoc Committees. His contributions to Zone 7 are numerous and include furthering numerous Flood and Watershed Protection efforts such as the Stream Management Master Plan, Arroyo Mocho Stanley Reach Pilot Project, El Charro Specific Plan Agreement flood control improvements, and Del Valle property acquisition. His contributions on Surface Water Supply improvements include advancing the approvals and construction of ozonation projects at both the Patterson Pass and Del Valle Water Treatment Plants, as well as enlargement of the South Bay Aqueduct and improvements in conveyance. He had a hand in completing and approving numerous plans and policies such as the Water Reliability Policy, Zone 7 Water Quality Management Plan, Water Supply Evaluation, Urban Water Management Plan, Lake H, I, and Cope Lake Management Plan, and Chain of Lakes Use Evaluation. Mr. Stevens also played a role in the development and approval of numerous Groundwater Supply efforts including the Groundwater Management Plan, Salt and Nutrient Management Plans, Well Master Plan, and Sustainable Groundwater Management Ordinance.
Mr. Stevens was new to the complexities and challenges facing water suppliers and flood control agencies when he was first elected to Zone 7’s Board in 1998 but he soon became a champion of long-term planning. Mr. Stevens has been a tireless supporter of long-term water supply projects like California WaterFix, which is critical to protecting and restoring the Valley’s water supply reliability, and water quality maintenance and improvement measures such as the ozonation projects at Patterson Pass and Del Valle Water Treatment Plants.
We thank Mr. Stevens for his many contributions, for encouraging innovation and fiscal responsibility, and for exemplifying the highest ethical standards in his service to the Livermore-Amador Valley community. Zone 7 wishes Mr. Stevens well in his retirement.