In alignment with one of the key foundational pieces of ECA’s Strategic Plan, which is to amplify ECA’s voice in the construction marketplace through government affairs advocacy and leadership opportunities, I am pleased to announce that ECA’s Executive Director Ray Baca has been named to the Leadership Board of Water UCI.

Water UCI, located in the School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine, serves to connect the water industry, government agencies, non-governmental organizations and K-12 schools with the vast resources of UCI and the University of California system to implement solutions and keep the public informed.

While their scholarly interests embrace global as well as national aspects of these issues, they take as their point of departure the unique expertise afforded at UCI in those areas of water research that have a distinctively California focus.

Now in its 6th year of operation Water UCI brings together industry stakeholders with unique strengths, comparative advantages, strong experience, and great proficiency. Issues of focus for the group include urban and agricultural water management, competition for increasingly scarce and over-taxed water supplies by diverse users, and the food-water energy nexus – among others. 

Water UCI builds on existing campus-wide strengths by affording a plan for responding to the many “grand challenges” facing water resources, and for which UCI is well-equipped. UCI will be better positioned to comprehensively address such challenges through collaborative leverage, decision-maker support and practitioner expertise within Southern California.

It is the over arcing vision of the organization to jointly implement a means of enhancing those segments of the campus already engaged in the investigation of water issues, and which, together with researchers in air, energy, climate change, biodiversity, and other environmentally-related areas, will also work with UCI’s Sustainability Initiative on matters related to sustainability education and outreach.

We are confident that Ray will represent the ECA and the construction industry well on this regionally recognized and influential board. For more information visit Water UCI on the web at

By Garrett Francis, ECA President Email: [email protected]