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A Life Written in Water: Susan Tatayon Reflects on Her 40-year Career

May 5, 2022 at 11:25am

Sarah Bardeen

Susan Tatayon has spent four decades working in California’s water world, most recently as chair of the Delta Stewardship Council. (She was appointed by Governor Brown in 2014 and reappointed in 2018.) She retired from state service in 2022. We caught up with her to gather a few gems of wisdom, calling on her unparalleled understanding of water in a state that’s facing bigger water challenges than ever.

You have worked on California’s water issues from almost every conceivable angle—at organizations including Department of Water Resources (DWR), the Bureau of Reclamation, The Nature Conservancy, and more. What are your biggest takeaways from those decades?

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