New Regional Rainmaker

By Joe Eaton

Environmental issues were important to Michael Montgomery as a young man. Montgomery’s career path led to 33 years with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, where he gained a wealth of experience in navigating complex regulatory landscapes to protect water resources, and ultimately to the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he is now executive officer. “The Bay Area has a strong tradition of coming up with collaborative solutions,” he says. That’s how he intends to address the range of issues the Regional Board handles. As for the evolving roles of federal and state regulators, Montgomery sees a mixed picture. “There’s always going to be a relationship between the state and U.S. EPA,” he says.

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