By Sacramento Business Journal

An attorney for full-service business law firm Stoel Rives LLP, Craig Wilson has been appointed by the state Water Resources Control Board to a newly created position of Delta watermaster, effective Aug. 1.

As the stateâ¿¿s first Delta watermaster, Wilson will oversee the diversions of water within the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, the most important estuary and wetland ecosystem on the West Coast. Wilson is charged with implementing and enforcing existing water rights laws, permits, licenses and decisions.

The position was created as part of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Reform Act of 2009.

Wilson is an attorney in Stoel Rivesâ¿¿ Resources, Development and Environmental practice group. The firm has a 20-year history of providing legal advice related to water rights.

⿿The state Water Resources Control Board has made a great choice in selecting Craig,⿝ Tim Taylor, managing partner for Stoel Rives⿿ California offices. ⿿His experience with statewide water issues has been instrumental in helping our clients navigate the complex federal and state water law requirements.⿝

⿿In Craig Wilson we have found an expert with long experience who clearly understands the interests and views of the competing parties as well as the science and law of water in the Delta,⿝ board chairman Charlie Hoppin said, in the release.

Prior to working for Stoel Rives, Wilson worked for the state for close to 30 years, most recently as chief counsel responsible for directing all legal matters for the state Water Resources Control Board and its nine regional boards.

Wilson is a graduate of both the University of California Davis and the UC Davis School of Law.

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