Apr 15, 2009

Obama Nominates California Engineer to Lead EPA Office of Water

Peter S. Silva is a civil engineer with nearly 32 years of experience

President Obama recently nominated Peter S. Silva as assistant administrator for water programs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Silva is a civil engineer with nearly 32 years of experience in the water and wastewater fields. He has served in varying capacities in the public sector specializing in water resources policy with extensive experience in U.S.-Mexico border issues. Silva currently is a senior policy advisor for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Prior to this he was the vice-chair of the California Water Resources Control Board for six years, having been appointed by both Governors Davis and Schwarzenegger. Silva was appointed by President Clinton to serve for three years on the board of the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC). He also served as the BECC deputy general manager for three years in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. His other experience includes ten years at the City of San Diego, four years in charge of the IBWC San Diego office and five years with the California RWQB in San Diego.

Silva lives in the community of Jamul, Calif., with his wife Ana and son Diego. He is a registered civil engineer in the state of California.

In the role of EPA’s assistant administrator for water, Silva would supervise Water Office programs implementing the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act and several other laws.