Kristin Dobbin appointed to SAFER Advisory Group

March 15, 2023
A portrait of Kristin Dobbin, assistant professor of Cooperative Extension in ESPM.

Kristin Dobbin. Photo by Mathew Burciaga.

The California State Water Resources Control Board has appointed Kristin Dobbin—assistant professor of Cooperative Extension in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management—to the Safe and Affordable Funding for Equity and Resilience (SAFER) Advisory Group.

The SAFER Program is a set of tools, funding sources, and regulatory authorities designed to ensure all Californians are able to receive clean drinking water as quickly as possible. The program provides short-term fixes to address immediate public health needs while pursuing long-term solutions—ranging from water system upgrades to consolidation and regionalization—that make the state’s water systems more sustainable and resilient.

Dobbin’s research and outreach focus on water justice policy and planning, specifically the ongoing implementation of California's human right to water law AB 685. She will join members of the public and stakeholders from public water systems, technical assistance providers, local agencies, and nongovernmental organizations to advise the State Water Board as it advances the SAFER Program’s goals.

The Advisory Group will meet up to four times a year across California to provide several opportunities for public and community input.

For more information about the SAFER Program and Advisory Group, visit the State Water Board website.