Watermaster Board

The Watermaster is a committee of representatives of the parties to the Judgment. The Watermaster convenes monthly to conduct its business and prepares an annual budget and assessment to fund its operations and activities. The Watermaster maintains this website for the purpose of disseminating important documents and data to the Parties, other stakeholders, and the interested public, such as meeting agendas and minutes, production and water-level elevation data, guiding documents, Watermaster forms.

Watermaster Board Member Bios

Chair Dave Duncan – representing the Borrego Water District. Mr. Duncan is a full-time resident of Borrego Springs. He is a retired professional mariner who currently teaches career pathways in hospitality, tourism, and recreation at Borrego Springs High School.

Vice Chair Shannon Smith –

Director Mark Jorgensen – representing the community of Borrego Springs. Mr. Jorgensen is a retired Park Superintendent for Anza Borrego State Park and worked for California State Parks for 36 years. Mr. Jorgenson has traveled to 35 countries, worked on park development across the world including Mongolia, Saudi Arabia, and Abu Dhabi, has worked on wildlife projects in Mexico, and has given scientific presentations in Israel. Each of these locations holds its own water challenges.

Director Tyler Bilyk – representing agricultural interests in Borrego Springs. Mr. Bilyk is a full-time resident of Borrego Springs and is the managing partner for JM Roadrunner agricultural and horticultural enterprises. Mr. Bilyk has been involved throughout the Basin adjudication process and is well versed in the details concerning Basin-wide sustainability objectives.

Director Jim Bennett, PG, CHG – representing the County of San Diego. Mr. Bennett has worked for the County for the past 18 years and managed the development of the Groundwater Sustainability Plan for the Borrego Springs Groundwater Subbasin.  He is responsible for maintaining the County’s groundwater, geologic, and mineral resource regulations, policies, and procedures.  Mr. Bennett scopes, prepares, and reviews groundwater supply investigations for development projects within the unincorporated portion of the County and maintains the County’s groundwater monitoring network.  Prior to joining the County, Mr. Bennett worked for seven years as an environmental consultant.  Mr. Bennett is a licensed California Professional Geologist and California Certified Hydrogeologist.