Board of Directors

Director William "Bill" Green

William L. "Bill" Green, President
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Director Dennis Erdman

Dennis A. Erdman, Vice President
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Director Douglas Erdman
Douglas Erdman
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Director Wayne Rayfield
Wayne Rayfield

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Director Rick Erkeneff
Rick Erkeneff
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Board Duties and Elections

  • The Board of Directors has oversight over South Coast Water District and appoints the General Manager to handle day-to-day operations.
  • The directors have the power to set water and sewer rates, establish ordinances and policies, and to approve the maintenance and construction of necessary infrastructure repairs and replacement.
  • The Board President appoints directors to chair and co-chair the District's Engineering & Operations Committee and the Administration & Finance Committee.
  • The Board President also appoints directors to represent the District on key external agencies and commissions in the region.

Board members are elected to four-year terms and have no term limits. Elections are staggered; every other November, two or three director seats are up for election. Voters may consult their cities for information on their polling locations.


Director Bios

President William L. "Bill" Green
Bill Green was elected in November 2014. The board selected him as its 2018 president. In November 2018, he was reelected for his second term on the board.

Green is a native Southern Californian, a resident of Dana Point, and a member of St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in Dana Point.

Green and his wife Sally, along with their two children, Hilary and Sean, were involved in avocado farming from 1981 to 2014 in Temecula.

Green is a licensed land surveyor in California and Arizona, a retired principal, Senior Vice President and Regional Manager of RBF Consulting, a company of the Michael Baker International Corporation (MBI). MBI is a multidiscipline engineering, planning, and surveying firm with more than 5,000 employees. Green is an Eagle Scout and veteran of the Air National Guard/USAF.

Green has served the Boy Scouts of America from 1989 to 2014 as Scoutmaster and serves on the Council Executive Committee. He is a member of the Building Industry Association (BIA), and he has served the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) as California State President from 2008 to 2009 and National Director from 2011 to 2013, and as Chairman of the Salton Sea Stakeholders Symposium in 2010. Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Green to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board in 2010. In 2012, he was presented the National Community Service Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies, and the Board of Supervisors appointed him to the Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation Commission. 

Vice President Dennis A. Erdman
Dennis Erdman was elected to a four-year term of office in November 2014. He was reelected in November 2018.

Erdman moved to Dana Point in 1971 and has had a family home in the community ever since. For the past ten years, Erdman served as General Manager of the Crescenta Valley Water District. Prior to that, he was General Manager of the Mammoth Community Water District.

Erdman has served as a Director for various special districts in South Orange County. He was a director for 16 years at Tri-Cities Municipal Water District and a director for 8 years at Capistrano Bay Park and Recreation District. He served as General Manager of the Capistrano Beach Sanitary District and Capistrano Beach County Water District. Erdman is a graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology and a Registered Civil Engineer.

Erdman and his wife, Virginia, live in Capistrano Beach and have four children and eight grandchildren.

Director Douglas Erdman
Douglas Erdman is a longtime resident of Capistrano Beach, a graduate of San Clemente High School and UC Irvine. He is a Registered Civil Engineer with over 24 years of professional experience, currently working for the city of Lake Forest as a Principal Civil Engineer in charge of the city’s Capital Improvement Program

Prior to this Doug worked for seven years at the city of Dana Point designing and constructing capital projects within the city. Douglas was previously a Director at SCWD during the period of reorganization where several water and sewer agencies merged to form the district that exists today. He and his wife, Kris Jones, enjoy participating in competitive BBQ events, including the Dana Point BBQ competition, as the Moo! Cluck! Oink! BBQ team.

Director Rick Erkeneff
Rick Erkeneff was elected to the South Coast Water District board in 2016 to a second four-year term. 

A native of Orange County, California, Erkeneff was raised and has resided in Dana Point for more than 40 years. As a senior-level creative director, he owns R&D Design and Marketing. He and wife Denise live in the Lantern District of Dana Point. His daughter Lulu attends the University of California, Santa Barbara, and daughter Emma attends the University of Alaska.

For nearly a decade, Erkeneff has served as the chairman of Surfrider Foundation's South Orange County Chapter. He has devoted thousands of hours to promoting responsible water management, educating individuals, families, and businesses on water quality and water conservation issues, and organizing hundreds of local area clean-ups at Doheny State Beach, San Clemente, Salt Creek, Aliso Creek and up the local watersheds.

Erkeneff has donated his design work to local non-profits, such as the Pet Project of Dana Point/San Clemente, the Surfrider Foundation, Surfing America and the Western Surfing Association -- to name a few. He is a member and inaugural speaker for Future Leaders of Orange County (FLOC).

Erkeneff attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1986 and is a graduate of Dana Hills High School and Cal State Long Beach, with a degree in fine arts.

Director Wayne Rayfield
Wayne Rayfield has lived in Dana Point (Monarch Beach) since 1994 and is a long-standing ocean water quality advocate.

He was re-elected to the South Coast Water District board in 2016 to a third four-year term. The board selected him as its 2018 vice president.

Rayfield was elected to the Dana Point City Council in 1998, re-elected in 2002, and served as mayor in 2005. Governor Schwarzenegger appointed him to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board in 2007.

Rayfield is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Ocean Institute.

Rayfield retired from the World Bank in Washington, D.C. after 23 years; he had directed the Bank's information and technology activities. Prior to that, he was on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin and directed the University's Computing Center.

Rayfield is a graduate of Lehigh University and has a degree in Engineering Geophysics. He and his wife have six children and 12 grandchildren.