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Pictured above (l-r) are: Robert Eranio, Dan Naumann and Lynn Maulhardt.

United Water elects 2010 officers

January 22, 2010
Santa Paula News

At its regular meeting on January 13, 2010, United Water Conservation Districtís Board of Directors elected new officers.† Robert Eranio of Ventura has moved up from Vice-President to become the Districtís new President, succeeding Bruce E. Dandy of Oxnard.† Daniel C. Naumann of Oxnard was elected Vice-President, and Lynn E. Maulhardt of Oxnard was elected Secretary/Treasurer.

Mr. Eranio commended Mr. Dandy on his leadership of United the past two years, during which the District faced a number of challenges.† He also thanked the Board for giving him the opportunity to serve as President in 2010, stating, ďI look forward to meeting the challenge of balancing limited water resources between environmental, agricultural and municipal demands.Ē

Mr. Eranio represents Unitedís Division 3, which includes a portion of the City of Ventura.† He first served on the Board of Directors from December 1998 to November 2000, representing Division 2, and he returned to the Board to represent Division 3, in December 2002. He has worked in hands-on positions in the California water industry since 1986, and holds numerous professional certifications including, California Water Treatment Operator 5 license, California Water Distribution Operator 5 license, AWWA Cross-Connection Specialist, and is a consultant to various small mutual water companies specializing in daily operations, maintenance, and financial administration.†

Mr. Eranio has participated in many local water-related projects, including the City of Port Huenemeís Urban Water Management Plan and Hazardous Waste Collection Events, the City of Oxnardís GREAT Program, and numerous capital improvement projects for Crestview Mutual Water Company in Camarillo, where has been General Manager since 1995.

Mr. Naumann represents Division 6, the Pleasant Valley area of the District, to the south and east of Oxnard. He holds a B.S. degree in Agricultural Business from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.† He is a member of the board of the USDA Farm Service Agency, and he serves as an alternate for the Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency.† His family established farming operations on the Oxnard Plain in the 1890s, and he is currently farming various vegetable row crops.† Mr. Naumannís uncle, Robert Naumann, served on Unitedís Board in the 1950s. Continuing the family tradition, Mr. Naumann has been a member of the Board since 1991 and previously served as Unitedís Secretary/Treasurer in 1994-96 and 2008-2009.† He also served as its Vice President in 1997-99 and as President in 2000-01.

Mr. Maulhardt represents Division 4, northeast of the City of Oxnard. His family has been farming since 1869, and he is a managing partner of a Ventura County farm. Mr. Maulhardt is active in community water activities and has served as chairman of Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency since 1987. He received a B.S. in Physics from Loyola University, Los Angeles, and a M.A. in Management and Human Relations from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri. He is a Vietnam War Veteran and is a commercial airline pilot for a major U.S. airline. Mr. Maulhardt has been a member of the Board since 1985 and served as President from January 1987 to December 1993.

Also serving on Unitedís Board of Directors are:

* Sheldon G. Berger, Division 7 - representing portions of the City of Oxnard, the City of Port Hueneme, CBC Port Hueneme Navy Base and several unincorporated beach communities

* Bruce Dandy, Division 5 - representing Northwest Oxnard

* Roger E. Orr, Division 2 - representing the unincorporated area between Santa Paula and Ventura, the towns of Saticoy and El Rio, and portions of east Ventura. †

* F.W. (Dick) Richardson, Division 1 - representing Piru, Fillmore and Santa Paula.

UWCD is a public water agency responsible for conserving and protecting groundwater resources in Ventura County.† In addition to the districtís Lake Piru Recreation Area, United Waterís facilities include:† Santa Felicia Dam; spreading grounds in Saticoy, El Rio and Piru; an agricultural water delivery system; a wholesale municipal water delivery system; and the Freeman Diversion facility.† The district provides wholesale water to the City of Oxnard, the Port Hueneme Water Agency (which includes the CBC and Point Mugu naval bases), Pleasant Valley County Water District, and several small mutual water companies.† A seven-member elected board of directors directs the districtís policy and activities.