SYP Webinar: Introduction to the California State Water Resources Control Board - On Demand
This complimentary webinar is intended to provide an introductory overview of the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB). The webinar will include a history of the SWRCB and the Clean Water Act, the responsibilities, and divisions of the SWRCB, an overview of the regional boards, and a discussion of the responsibilities of State board members. The primary speaker will be Nichole Morgan, Civil Engineer of the SWRCB and one of five SWRCB board members.
1. Understand the relevance and importance of the SWRCB as a wastewater regulating entity.
2. Understand the context of the establishment of the SWRCB.
3. Understand the current structure and function of the SWRCB.
4. Understand the responsibilities of SWRCB board members.
Photo by SWRCB.
Civil Engineer Board Member
State Water Resources Control Board
Nichole Morgan was appointed as the civil engineer to the State Water Resources Control Board by Governor Gavin Newsom in June 2021. Ms. Morgan most recently served as an Assistant Deputy Director in the State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Financial Assistance, where she worked on projects providing funding for drinking water, wastewater, storm water and groundwater infrastructure improvements. During this time Ms. Morgan also oversaw the management of a variety of additional programs including the Lead in Child Care Centers, Fish Advisories, and Drinking Water and Wastewater Operator Certification programs.
From 1999 to 2009 Ms. Morgan worked for public agencies and engineering consulting firms. Her responsibilities included planning, designing, and overseeing the construction of drinking water, wastewater and recycled water treatment and conveyance facilities throughout California. Ms. Morgan joined the State Water Resources Control Board in 2009 where she worked as staff in the Division of Financial Assistance, Delta Water Master’s Office, and the Division of Water Rights. Ms. Morgan worked as a manager at the Central Valley Regional Water Board from 2012 to 2018, where she managed the region’s NPDES program. She returned to the State Water Board in 2018 as the head of the Office of Sustainable Water Solutions and was promoted in 2019 to an Assistant Deputy Director with the Division of Financial Assistance.
Ms. Morgan has a Bachelor in Science in Civil Engineering from California State University, Sacramento.
Julia Asbenson (Moderator)
Chair of the CWEA Students and Young Professionals (SYP) Committee
Julia Asbenson currently serves as the Chair of the CWEA Students and Young Professionals (SYP) Committee. She is passionate about investing in California’s future leaders. Julia has been employed at MC Engineering, a water and wastewater consulting firm, since 2016.