Stapleton to Tell How to Diversify San Diego’s Supply

The July 16 meeting of the University of California, San Diego Economics Roundtable will include Maureen Stapleton, general manager of the San Diego County Water Authority, who will speak on “The True Value of Water" at 7:30 a.m. at the UC San Diego Faculty Club.

As general manager, Stapleton oversees a comprehensive array of water supply programs designed to improve operations of the county's water supply. She successfully negotiated the 2003 Colorado River Qualification Settlement Agreement, providing up to 21.4 million acre-feet of water to the county over the next 110 years. She is also responsible for the implementation of a $3.6 billion Capital Improvement Program, including the Emergency Storage Project, and is aggressively pursuing the development of seawater desalinization, outdoor conservation, and enhanced recycling.

The Water Authority works through its 23 member agencies to provide water for the region’s $130 billion economy and the quality of life of 3 million residents.

Before joining the authority, Stapleton worked for the city of San Diego for nine years and served as assistant city manager from 1991 to 1996. She earned her bachelor’s degree with honors from California Polytechnic University in Pomona and her master’s degree in public administration from California State University Consortium at Long Beach.

The public is invited to attend the roundtable. A $50 fee covers parking, breakfast, and the presentation. For additional information, visit

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