Cannon Michael re-elected as board chair for San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority

Board vice-chair William Bourdeau was also re-elected.

Cannon Michael has been re-elected as the chairman of the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority. 

The San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority announced Michael’s re-election on Monday. 


The big picture: Michael is the president of family-owned Los Banos farming operation Bowles Farming Company. 

  • He also serves as the chair of the Henry Miller Reclamation District, as a board member of the Water Education Foundation and as an advisory board member of the Public Policy Institute of California. 
  • Michael was first elected President in 2017. 
  • Along with Michael’s re-election, William Bourdeau was re-elected as the vice-chair of the Authority. 
  • Bourdeau is the Executive Vice President of farming operations for Harris Farms. He also owns Bourdeau Farms and is on the board of Westlands Water District. 
  • Bourdeau is also the Chairman of the Valley Future Foundation, the nonprofit that operates The Sun. 

What they’re saying: “It is very rewarding to work with a great group of directors who have the knowledge and skill to solve the complex and nuanced water challenges confronting California,” Michael said. “Our board is supported by a first-rate team at the Authority who work tirelessly to make sure water is delivered safely, reliably, and efficiently.” 

  • Bourdeau added, “It is an honor to continue serving with the Authority board of directors. There are critical needs within the communities in the San Joaquin and Santa Clara valleys. Having access to reliable water supplies lies at the heart of our economies and quality of life. We take that responsibility seriously and strive to do it as efficiently and effectively as possible.”
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