A Celebration of Life for Susan Trager

Hosted by the Laguna Beach Water District, a Celebration of Life for Susan Trager Announcement is presented below.

Link to the Celebration of Life Announcement Flyer or click on the above image.


A Tribute, Resolution, and Other News

The following is a transcript of the comments made in the Superior Court of the State of California – for the County of Los Angeles – Department 316 – Hon. Jack Komar presiding. We thank Judge Komar and the attorneys present in the court who acknowledged the passing of one of their colleagues.

March 24, 2011 – In Solemn Memory of Susan Trager

The following is Resolution 2011-5 adopted during the April Board of Directors Meeting of the San Luis Rey Municipal Water District. We thank Vic Pankey, Bill Pankey and Directors Veysey, Fritz, and Yarger for their kind words of appreciation in remembering their District Legal Counsel of 30 years.

Resolution 2011-5 Commemorating the Late Susan Trager

The following is a modified page of the Orange County Water Association April 2011 Newsletter Water Matters.

April 2011 OCWA Water Matters

The following is a modified page of the Association of California Water Agencies April 2011 Newsletter ACWA News.

April 2011 ACWA News

The following is a modified page of The Little Guild  Spring 2011 Newsletter. The Little Guild of West Cornwall, CT is one of Susan’s favorite charities. We thank everyone who made a donation in the name of Susan Trager.

Spring 2011 Newsletter of The Little Guild

The following is a news article commenting on the “brilliant and tenacious water rights attorney Suasn Trager” in the selection of a new General Counsel for the Phelan Pinon Hills Community Services District.

CSD Selects New Legal Counsel

In Memory of Susan M. Trager

Please scroll below the photo to access links to all published online articles on the passing of Susan.  Links will be added if we discover additional tributes and/or news articles.

Susan M. Trager

1947 – 2011

A Message from the Trager Family
Members of the Trager Family wish to extend their sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support and kind words of condolences we have received from the many friends and colleagues of Susan.
Our Family wishes to let everyone know that we are coordinating with the Laguna Beach County Water District in the planning of a Celebration of Life for Susan which will be held at a later date.
We wish to thank you all for your patience at this difficult time for us.
Laurie Trager, Frank Trager, Phil Trager, and Nettie Trager-Fuellenkemper

Private family services will be held in Connecticut.

Susan M. Trager – Obituary (with Guest/Memory Book)
The Orange County Register

Susan M. Trager – Obituary (with Guest/Memory Book)
Los Angeles Times

Water expert was first woman on Laguna Beach water commission
Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot

Property Rights Attorney Trager Dies

Water-Rights Attorney Dies
San Bernardino County Sun

Longtime Local Water Attorney and LB Water District Commissioner, Dies
Stu News Laguna

Susan Trager, noted water rights attorney, dies
The Orange County Register

Images, credentials, and notices from the extraordinary life of Susan Trager.

Click on SMT’s Card to launch a visual slideshow.

So, you want to be a big time Water Lawyer?
Compare your resume to this 1974 version from the personal files of SMT.

1974 SMT Resume

Water from a Southern California/Sacramento Perspective

By Tom Philip

And now for something completely different–a look at your water problems from a Southern California perspective.

I work for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Up until three years ago, my paycheck had come from a Northern California newspaper. But I went over to The Wet Side. Now the Chronicle has asked me to share a different vantage point on our not-so-little water problems of the day.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/tphilp/detail?entry_id=72900#ixzz10UZdLP86

State water board to vote on proposal requiring Malibu to install its first central sewer system

Septic tanks and leach pits could soon be endangered commodities in Malibu.

On Tuesday, the State Water Resources Control Board is slated to vote in Sacramento on a proposal to require the coastal community to install its first central sewer system, cease permits for new septic setups and phase out hundreds of existing small-scale systems by 2019.

Chronic pollution in Malibu Creek and Lagoon and Surfrider Beach — and repeated failures by Malibu to address the problem — spurred the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board last November to propose the septic ban for a large area of central and eastern Malibu. The state board typically supports regional panels’ recommendations.

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Santa Ana River was West’s greatest flood hazard

Special to The Press-Enterprise

With California in a long drought the last few years, it is easily forgotten that the state has had great disastrous floods. Three great floods in California have affected the Inland Empire since 1862.

In 1862, the population of the state was 500,000, with 100,000 living in San Francisco. During the flood, the Sacramento area became an inland sea with water over the tops of telegraph poles. Two large lakes were formed by the Santa Ana River in the Inland Empire and in Orange County. The community of Agua Mansa near Colton was destroyed. One-third of the property in California was destroyed and the state capital was temporarily moved from Sacramento to San Francisco.

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Boxer, Fiorina and the Delta

U.S. Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina argues that water shortages in California’s farm country are indicative of wider economic challenges facing California, and that if elected she would try to loosen environmental restrictions on Delta water pumping.

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A spokesman for incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer counters that her efforts to make it easier to buy water and to increase supplies without bending environmental rules are sufficient.

‘Water, Rivers and People’ opening

Show plunges into water issues

With oil spilling out of the Gulf of Mexico, drought besieging West Africa’s Sahel region and more bad news about the increasingly instability of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, the David Brower Center’s “Water, Rivers and People” exhibition is particularly timely.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/06/09/DD9N1DPGAD.DTL#ixzz0qT9VZX5f

Sacramento wrangling over water bond money

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s budget proposal includes $1.8 billion from an $11 billion water bond on the November ballot, prompting some lawmakers to question the administration’s rush to spend money that voters have yet to approve.

The bond would pay for an overhaul of the state’s aging and overburdened water system, and the administration has promised that no spending will take place unless voters approve the bond, which ultimately will cost taxpayers $22 billion due to interest.

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Investigation: Nitrates contaminate California’s water

The wells that supply more than 2 million Californians with drinking water have been found to contain harmful levels of nitrates over the past 15 years — a time marked by lax regulatory efforts to control the colorless and odorless contaminant.

Nitrates, a byproduct of farm fertilizer and some wastewater treatment systems, are now the most common groundwater contaminant in California and across the country.

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Water options start flowing; committee, public float ideas to help solve water district dilemma on North coast

John Driscoll/The Times-Standard

In what would be a reversal of irony, the lake-less city of Blue Lake could someday get a lake.

Creating a lake for fishing and boating is among the options explored as part of a process launched by the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District to find ways to use its abundant water and not lose it to an outside interest. The water could also be put to use by expanding the district’s boundaries, be used for aquaculture, be piped to another area or used to increase flows for salmon in the Mad River, from which the system is supplied.

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Clear Lake won’t deliver in Klamath drought

The Final Sierra Snow Count Is In-A Banner Year

The last snow survey of the year has taken place in the Sierra, and the results show a banner season for the Sierra snowpack. According to figures released at the end of last week, the northern Sierra finished the season at 188% of normal, the central Sierra at 121% and the southern Sierra at 139%.

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Federal government may require trees stripped from California levees

AIP Candidate on San Joaquin Valley restrictions

CN: The Governor has the power to turn back on the Delta Pumps in the Central Valley. And the county sheriff has the power to arrest any federal agent who tries to shut the pumps back off. Any true environmentalist realizes the impact water scarcity has on land. Not only is it truly a dust bowl in certain areas, but the lack of vegetation creates less oxygen in the air. If we really wanted to save “smelt,” we could create fish hatcheries and relocate some of the Northern Californian seal population, thus increasing the fish population, which would also benefit the Northern California fishing industry. We must turn back on the water for farmers, revenue, and the population in order to consume quality fruits and vegetables. “Global Warming” was just another UN model in order to enact stricter government regulations. Now they are claiming that global warming will cause cancer and mental illness. Yet scientists have proven that our climate is actually cooling and that the warming science was inconclusive. People do not need the government to hold their hands — humans are responsible enough to take care of the planet, which has been in existence for millions of years. What the people need is freedom! As Governor I would turn on the water and abolish AB 32.

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SACRAMENTO — The Department of Water Resources (DWR) reminds the public that May is “Water Awareness Month,” a time to appreciate and carefully use the water resources essential to California’s special quality of life.

“Water is vital to California’s people, animals, ecosystems and economy,” noted DWR Director Mark Cowin. “As warm weather and vacation season arrive, the need is greater than ever to use water wisely and practice water conservation.”

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Panelists Size Up Water Supply Through 2060

Since the state’s formation in 1850, water has been one of the signature issues in California.

Today, three San Diegans are part of a panel looking at water use in Southern California during the next 50 years. They are Ruben Barrales, president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce; John Lormon, a partner with Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP; and Julie Meier Wright, president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp.

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Rising waters mean rising worries on Yuba River

As snow from a strong Sierra Nevada winter starts its annual rush down the Yuba River, concerns about downstream safety are rising with the water level.

After performing six swimmer rescues and responding to one fatality at the river last year, Nevada County Consolidated Fire Chief Tim Fike wishes potential spring swimmers would heed his advice about the Yuba.

“Admire it from a distance,” Fike said.

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Delta Stewardship Council Keys to Success – Flood Management and Credibility in the Delta

The work of the Council will be in the spotlight soon enough.  After all, most of the state has a great deal at stake in the Council’s efforts to restore the health of the ecosystem, address Delta stability issues and improve dysfunctional agency programs. 

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Rancho California Water District Goes Live on Multiple Lawson Enterprise Solutions

SAN ANTONIO, Apr 27, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Rancho California Water District (RCWD) has successfully completed the district-wide deployment of a multi-suite enterprise software system from Lawson. 

 This Lawson deployment was completed using Lawson QuickStep Government, which includes the Lawson Human Resource Management and Supply Chain Management suites. RCWD is also now using the Lawson Enterprise Financial Management suite and Lawson Business Intelligence. Lawson Professional Services provided implementation services for the project rollout.

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