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Creating a Watermaster to Govern the Basin

In 1978, the San Bernardino County Superior Court entered a Judgment establishing a new entity, the Chino Basin Watermaster. It was comprised of three stakeholder groups, called Pools, represented by separate Pool Committees:

  • Overlying Agricultural Pool Committee, representing dairymen, farmers, and the State of California;
  • Overlying Non-Agricultural Pool Committee, representing area industries;
  • Appropriative Pool Committee, representing local cities, public water districts, and private water companies.

Engineering, legal and other working committees were formed within Watermaster to define specific problem areas in the Basin. Safe yield and socio-economic studies were carried out to develop an agreement on the allocation of producer water rights.

Advisory Committee and Board Established to Oversee Watermaster

Completing the governance arrangements, representatives from the three Pools formed an Advisory Committee to oversee the regular activities of Watermaster. The Pool Committees handle business affecting their own Pool members, and make recommendations to the Advisory Committee; The Advisory Committee then makes recommendations to the Board. In 1998, at the request of the Advisory Committee, the Court appointed a new nine member Watermaster Board, and also ordered a significant new step—development and implementation of a comprehensive Optimum Basin Management Plan, with reports of progress and annual reports to be submitted to the Court and the major parties.

Completing the Framework: the Peace Agreement

A Peace Agreement was reached in 2000, establishing a detailed arrangement for managing and financing the OBMP, The Court approved the agreement and received and filed the environmental document covering the entire arrangement. A refinement and deepening of the original Agreement, called the Peace II Agreement, has received court approval and is currently in progress.

Chino Basin Watermaster Business Plan and Timeline

Business Plan | Timeline

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

This is a pdf file!2017 Board Representatives

This is a pdf file!Monthly Meeting Attendance and Stipend Claim Form

Board Member Rotation Schedule

Watermaster Board

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James V. Curatalo, Jr., Chair

Director James V. Curatalo, Jr., was elected to the Cucamonga Valley Water District (CVWD) Board of Directors in November 1999 and currently serves as the President. In his role as a CVWD Director, he also serves on the Water Resources and Human Resources & Risk Management Committees. Director Curatalo also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Fontana Union Water Company, a mutual water agency in which CVWD is the majority shareholder. As a representative of CVWD, he was appointed to the Chino Basin Watermaster (CBWM) and currently serves as Vice-Chair. He previously served on the CBWM in his capacity as a representative of the Fontana Union Water Company.

Under his leadership, Director Curatalo has contributed to the development of CVWD as a “forward-thinking” water agency, developing innovative projects, alternative treatment and meter reading technologies, and enhancing the use of groundwater and recycled water. He has been instrumental in developing relationships with local, state, and federal representatives to ensure the District’s water resources are protected and reliable now and into the future.

Director Curatalo is a strong supporter of local control and the special district model of governance. He works diligently to ensure that the integrity and scope of special district governance is preserved and effective for both the special district organizations themselves and also for the constituents they serve. Director Curatalo currently serves as a Commissioner of the County of San Bernardino Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) and the Chairman of the Board of the California Association of LAFCO’s and serves on their Legislative Committee.

Director Curatalo is a retired battalion chief from the Rancho Cucamonga Fire Protection District and has lived in Rancho Cucamonga for over 28 years with his wife, Donna, and three children. Director Curatalo is an avid reader of California and American history. He is familiar with the foothills throughout the region and is an outdoor enthusiast, and enjoys exploring the wilderness for historical artifacts.

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Robert DiPrimio, Vice-Chair

Robert DiPrimio was elected Vice-Chair of the Chino Basin Watermaster Board for 2017. He is Senior Vice President of San Gabriel Valley Water Company, a public water utility regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission. San Gabriel provides water utility service to over 480,000 people in two divisions operating in Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties. Bob oversees the company’s water production, treatment, distribution, water resources, customer service, renewable energy programs and various regulatory matters before the Commission.

Prior to joining San Gabriel in 2010, Bob was employed as President of the Valencia Water Company for 17 years. He is an elected member and current President of the Castaic Lake Water Agency Board of Directors, a public agency delivering drinking water via the State Water Project to retail water purveyors in the Santa Clarita Valley. Bob also worked for over 12 years with the Los Angeles Department of Water Power in the water system’s Engineering Design and Water Quality Divisions.

Bob has degree in Civil Engineering from Drexel University and MBA from Pepperdine University. He is a registered Civil Engineer in the State of California and is a member of the American Waterworks Association, the Association of California Water Agencies and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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Bob G. Kuhn, Secretary/Treasurer

Bob and his wife have lived in Glendora for over 53 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 fifteen 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

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

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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Gino Filippi, Member

Councilmember Gino L. Filippi was born at San Antonio Community Hospital 55 years ago and has lived in Upland/San Antonio Heights for nearly 45 years. He is a vintner, marketing/business development consultant and a wine writer. He is a graduate of Pioneer Jr. High, Upland High School and Chaffey College.

Councilmember Filippi was elected to the City Council in November 2010, and reelected in 2014. He has served on the Police and Fire Committee, City/Schools Committee, Public Works Committee, City Ad-Hoc Legal Subcommittee and San Bernardino County Solid Waste Task Force. He also represents the City Council on the Upland Public Library Board.

Gino remains active preserving the region's wine heritage. In 1995, the U.S. Department of Treasury approved "Cucamonga Valley" an American Viticultural Area (AVA), as a result of a petition written and filed by Gino. Additionally, since 1996, his column "Off the Vine" has published in newspapers including Foothills Reader of the L.A. Times. He is a regional expert on the history of Southern California viticulture and a leader in preserving its rich history and culture for others to enjoy.

Councilmember Filippi's community service record of 25 years includes the Rotary Club, Global Community Healthcare Organization-Upland, Los Angeles County Fair Association Board, Route 66 Community Gardens & Vineyard, and the Cooper Regional History Museum Upland. He also works closely with the League of California Cities to restore and protect local control enhancing the quality of life for Uplanders.

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Donald D. Galleano, Member

A champion of regional water interests across the Inland Empire, Donald D. Galleano has a near 40-year history of public service in Riverside County. In 2004, he was elected to the Western Municipal Water District Board of Directors after serving nearly 25 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, Director 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. Director Galleano’s 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.

Director Galleano is a third-generation winegrower at the Historic Cantu-Galleano Ranch, home to Galleano Winery, a historic local treasure and living wine museum in Mira Loma. Galleano Winery is a highly-acclaimed dry farming operation, a statement to Director Galleano’s formidable commitment to water supply sustainability, even in the midst of historic drought.

A partner in the communities he serves, Director 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.

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

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Paul Hofer, Member

Paul Hofer represents the Agricultural Pool. Mr. Hofer has served on the Chino Basin Water Conservation District Board of Directors since 1996, and is currently serving as Vice-President. Mr. Hofer is a resident of Ontario where he has spent his lifetime career as a farmer.

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Geoffrey Vanden Heuvel, Member

Mr. Vanden Heuvel has been a dairy farmer in Chino since 1979. He is very interested and involved in water issues. He serves as a Trustee and a member of the Executive Committee of the Southern California Water Committee. He currently represents agricultural groundwater users on the Chino Basin Watermaster Board and serves as an elected director of the Chino Basin Water Conservation District.



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