Oral History Center - UC Berkeley Library

David Kennedy: Department of Water Resources Director, 1983-1998

Kennedy, David
Wollenberg, Charles
David Kennedy: Department of Water Resources Director, 1983-1998
Kennedy talks about the Central Valley Project and the California State Water Project, under Governor Pat Brown and Ronald Reagan, and Dept. of Water Resources directors William Warne and William Gianelli. He covers his years at the Metropolitan Water District (1968-1983), serving on the Colorado River Board, working with Kern County water needs, with comments on MWD staff Frank Clinton, John Lauten, and Evan Griffith. Kennedy tells the history of the proposed Peripheral Canal, with comments on Governor Jerry Brown and DWR director Ronald Robie. He covers issues from 1983-1998 as DWR director: environmental concerns, Mono Lake, Bay-Delta standards, Central Valley Project Improvement Act, the Cal-Fed process, future water needs of the West.
Subject area(s):
Politics, Law, and Policy
Natural Resources, Land Use, and the Environment
Interview date(s):
California State Politics
Oskicat record:
Kennedy, David. "David Kennedy: Department of Water Resources Director, 1983-1998." Interview by Charles Wollenberg in 2002. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2004.