Region 7 Board Members
Peter Satin (Chair)
Peter Satin, has been appointed to the Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board. Satin has held several positions at the Mojave Desert Land Trust since 2017, including director of land management and land stewardship supervisor. He was a wildlife technician at the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station in 2016, a community health educator for the Peace Corps in Cambodia from 2012 to 2014 and an HIV/AIDS prevention and child survival health extension agent for the Peace Corps in Honduras from 2011 to 2012. Satin earned a Master of Environmental Management degree in ecosystem science and conservation from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.
- Appointment Expires: September 30, 2026
Vivian Perez (Vice-Chair)
Vivian Perez, of Holtville, has been appointed to the Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board. Perez has been Center Manager at Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest since 2016 and a Faculty Member at the University of Phoenix since 2010. She was a Provider Network Consultant at Fresenius Health Partners from 2016 to 2017. Perez was Operations Manager at Fresenius Medical Care North America from 2012 to 2014. She was a Commissioner for the Imperial Valley Housing Authority appointed by the City of Holtville from 1997 to 2013. Perez earned a Master of Public Administration degree from San Diego State University.
- Appointment Expires: September 30, 2024
Beatriz Gonzalez (Board Member)
Beatriz Gonzalez, of Indio, has been appointed to the Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board. Gonzalez has served as District Coordinator of Expanded Learning Programs at the Coachella Valley Unified School District since 2011 and has served in several positions there since 1995, including Para-Educator for Special Education, Program Specialist for Bright Futures and as a Community Liaison for Healthy Start. She is a member of the Desert Community College District Board of Trustees.
- Appointment Expires: September 30, 2026
Edward Muzik (Board Member)
Edward Muzik has been reappointed to the Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2007. Muzik has been general manager of the Hi-Desert Water District of Yucca Valley since 2007, where he was chief financial officer from 2002 to 2006. He was director of operations and finance at Vicom Systems Inc. from 1993 to 2002 and a controller at Ashford Development from 1990 to 1993 and at Cobble Knoll from 1985 to 1990. Muzik was accounting supervisor at Motorola from 1984 to 1985 and at S and C Electric from 1978 to 1984.
- Appointment Expires: September 30, 2027
Nancy Wright (Board Member)
Nancy Wright has been reappointed as a Board Member to Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she has served since 2012, and served from 2000 to 2007. Wright has been co-owner of a General Contracting Company with her husband, since 1977. Wright was co-owner of the Wright Window Company from 1994 to 2014, vice-president of Pete Wright General Contractor, Inc. from 1997 to 2016, and served as a Commissioner of the Riverside County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), from 2012 to 2022. Wright also served on the Coachella Valley Associations of Government (CVAG), Energy and Environmental Resources Committee and the Coachella Valley Conservation Commission (CVCC), from 2012 to 2022, and was a 34-year member of the Mission Springs Water District Board of Directors from 1988 to 2022.
- Appointment Expires: September 30, 2025
The Governor of California appoints the seven-member Regional Board, whose members serve four-year terms once they are confirmed by the State Senate. Members of the Regional Board serve part-time and conduct their business at regular meetings where public participation is encouraged. The Board normally holds public meetings 10 times per year to make decisions on water quality matters.
The primary duty of the Regional Board is to protect the quality of the waters within the Region for all beneficial uses. This duty is implemented by formulating and adopting water quality plans for specific ground or surface water bodies and by prescribing and enforcing requirements on domestic and industrial water discharges. The specific responsibilities and procedures of the Regional Water Quality Boards and the State Water Resources Control Board are outlined in the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act (Division 7, California Water Code).
Regional Board members must reside in, or have a principal place of business within, the Region.
The Board relies on the Regional Board staff to conduct the day-to-day tasks associated with water quality management. Most of them are engineers, geologists and biologists.
Implementing programs according to state and federal law and following the Board's direction, staff recommends water quality standards, drafts permits, oversees remediation of contaminated sites, conducts enforcements activities, and deals directly with the public on a regular basis.