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Tracy Egoscue

Tracy Egoscue

Tracy Egoscue is the Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board. The Regional Board works to ensure surface and groundwater quality for Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. At the Board, Tracy oversees a staff of 150 with a budget of $21 million. During her tenure the Regional Board has increased use of recycled water throughout the region by expediting permits. In addition, Tracy has worked to rid Malibu of long standing water quality issues associated with septic systems. Ms. Egoscue holds the distinction of the first Executive Officer to enforce the Los Angeles County stormwater permit.

Prior to her appointment with the Regional Board, Tracy was the Executive Director and Baykeeper of the Santa Monica Baykeeper. As the Baykeeper, Tracy settled Baykeeper's 6-year Clean Water Act lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles for illegal sewage spills. This landmark $2 billion dollar settlement led to an ambitious 10-year program of rehabilitation of the City's sewer pipe infrastructure. As a result of this settlement and her work as a Clean Water Act advocate, Tracy Egoscue won an award in October of 2004 from the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board.

In addition to the landmark settlement with the City of Los Angeles, Tracy has worked to eliminate once through cooling at coastal power plants, protect streams and rivers throughout Los Angeles from illegal dredge and fill activity, and in 2007 Ms. Egoscue launched a scrap metal yard enforcement campaign. In 2006 after a massive sewage spill in Manhattan Beach, Tracy led Baykeeper in a settlement with the Regional Board and Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts wherein $2.5 million dollars went to regional environmental restoration projects. Also in 2006, Baykeeper helped ensure enforceable bacteria limits at Santa Monica Bay beaches during the summer months.

Tracy Egoscue's experience as the Baykeeper encompassed service as a member of the Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Safety Committee, President of the California Coastkeeper Alliance, and the Governing Board of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission. In November of 2003, Governor Gray Davis appointed Ms. Egoscue to the Board of the California Climate Action Registry, and in January of 2006, the Speaker of the California State Assembly, Fabian Nunez appointed Tracy to the Technical Advisory Committee of the office of Oil Spill Prevention and Response.

Prior to her position as the Baykeeper Tracy held a position with the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General where she worked as a Deputy Attorney General in the Natural Resources Section. At the Attorney General's Office, Ms. Egoscue's work involved various state agencies including: the Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of Fish and Game, California Integrated Waste Management Board, Regional Water Quality Control Board, and the State Water Resources Control Board. Ms. Egoscue's legal experience encompasses endangered species, wetland impacts and mitigation issues, the California Environmental Quality Act, fisheries, and the Federal Clean Water Act.

Tracy Egoscue received her law degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor's Degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Ms. Egoscue is a visiting scholar at California State University Long Beach lecturing on Environmental Law and policy. Ms. Egoscue was raised in San Diego, California.