Mauricio E. Guardado, Jr.
Mr. Guardado joined the District as its General Manager in August 2015. During his tenure with United, he has been recognized for his leadership role in water management throughout the County, including earning the Association of Water Agencies of Ventura County’s Leadership Award in October 2020 as well as the Association of California Water Agencies’ Rising Star award in 2019, for his legislative advocacy efforts. Among his numerous innovative initiatives was the inaugural Water Sustainability Summit, held in February 2019, which engaged nearly 150 elected officials, regulators, water agencies, engineers, farmers and other stakeholders in a robust discussion of projects that will make regional water sustainability possible. Prior to joining the District, Mr. Guardado spent nine years as the retail manager/CEO for the Santa Clarita Water Division of Castaic Lake Water Agency, which serves as the water provider for 120,000 residents in Santa Clarita. Prior to that, he served as the director of engineering for Cucamonga Valley Water District. He holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from California State University, Northridge and a master’s degree from USC’s Executive Master of Leadership Program and is a registered civil engineer in the state of California.
The Administrative Services Department is responsible for finance, human resources, information technology, risk management, the Lake Piru Recreation Area, and general administration of the District. The Finance Division is responsible for all financial matters and activities for the District including accounting, budgeting, accounts receivable and payable, investments, payroll, financial analysis, and financial reporting. The Administrative Division oversees the management of the administrative office and staff, Board of Directors meetings, UWCD Committee meetings, information technology, human resources, and risk management. The Recreation Division is responsible for the management of the Lake Piru Recreation Area including camping, boating and day-use activities as well as providing oversight of the recreation concessionaire contract. Contact:
The Engineering Department provides a range of services, including concept development, planning, engineering design, surveying, project management, and construction management and inspection. The Engineering Department is responsible for long-range planning and implementation of future UWCD facilities. The Engineering Department works closely with Water Resources to assess and enhance existing and future water resources. The Department is responsible for technical monitoring of existing infrastructure, right-of-way administration, and general technical assistance to the Operations and Maintenance, Recreation, Environmental Services, and Finance departments. Contact:
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The Environmental Services Department is responsible for ensuring that United is in compliance with various environmental laws including the Endangered Species Act (ESA), Clean Water Act, and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Among other tasks, the department manages compliance with the environmental requirements of United’s license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), development and implementation of United’s habitat conservation plan (HCP), and operations of the fish passage facilities at the Freeman Diversion. The department also conducts monitoring and studies of biological and physical conditions in support of United’s various permits and licenses. Contact:
Associate Environmental Scientist
Environmental Scientist Regulatory Affairs
Environmental Services Manager
Lead Field Technician
The Water Resources Department is responsible for providing hydrogeological expertise to assist the District in managing groundwater resources. The department performs water level measurements and water quality sampling and analysis on hundreds of wells each year, maintains and updates the regional groundwater flow model, performs field investigations to improve the District’s understanding of the controls on groundwater flow, evaluates the impacts of groundwater utilization and conservation options on resource availability and serves as an in-house resource on groundwater supply, water quality, and water resource management. Contact:
Operations and Maintenance
The Operations and Maintenance Department is responsible for operating and maintaining the District’s water resource facilities including Lake Piru’s water system, the Santa Felicia Dam and Hydro Plant, the Piru Diversion and Recharge Grounds, the Freeman Diversion, the Saticoy and El Rio Recharge Basins, the Oxnard Hueneme Drinking Water System, the PTP Agricultural Irrigation System, the Pleasant Valley Pipeline and the Saticoy Groundwater Storage Management Project. Contact: