Felicia Marcus

Chair, State Water Resources Control Board

I really think we need to work at erasing that [agriculture] versus urban distinction [of water use] because we do need each other.

Felicia Marcus recognizes that California's current drought is worse than past droughts because the population is much larger than ever before. Marcus was appointed to California's State Water Resources Control Board in 2012. The Board sets statewide water quality and water rights policy, an increasingly important job as California's droughts come more frequently.

Previously she served as Western Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council, a nonprofit environmental action group dedicated to preserving the planet’s natural systems. She served as the Regional Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton administration.

Live Event Appearances

Podcast Guest Appearances

California Gubernatorial Candidates on Climate One

For 15 years, California Governors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown charted a steady bi-partisan course as climate leaders. Their combined legacies include reduced carbon emissions, a clean energy economy and forward-thinking electric transportation. During that time, the effects of climate disruption -- rising seas, shrinking aquifers, wildfires and drought - have become increasingly clear. Greg Dalton sits down with three of the leading gubernatorial candidates to ask them how they plan to take on California’s biggest environmental challenge.