Meet the Candidates: Mallory Boyd

IWV Water District

Meet the Candidates: Mallory BoydMallory Boyd, an engineer who held a senior technical leadership position at China Lake until his retirement in 2016, has lived in the valley since 1953. Since then he served on the board of directors of both the China Lake Alliance and China Lake Museum Foundation and represented business interests on the IWV Groundwater Authority’s Technical Advisory Committee.

Boyd served during the Vietnam war before going to California State Polytechnic University in Pomona for his electrical engineering degree. He accepted an engineering position at China Lake in 1980 and has been here since.

Boyd said his calling to run for office was in part motivated by his 16 months on the IWV Groundwater Authority TAC, as well as his deep concerns about our future.

“It gave me insights into the challenges our valley faces,” he said. “I had heard perspectives over the decades I’ve lived here, but TAC engagement solidified my view that water issues need to be taken more seriously.”

Boyd said the sustainability of our groundwater supply should be the Water District’s principal concern as a member of the GA.

“We need to get wiser about our current use of water and be mindful it’s a limited resource,” he said. “Under SGMA regulation, we’re no longer allowed to overmine our water basin. We will have to match our average withdrawal rates with our average recharge rates and the IWV community has never done this before. Conservation is obviously a piece, as well as recycling water, but the demand we have still exceeds the recharge – so imported water has been highlighted as a necessary solution.”

With a history as a “researcher, developer and manager of a sizable budget,” at China Lake, Boyd said his experience will be beneficial to the Water District Board.

He publicly promoted the GA’s replenishment fee, and said he was “a little disappointed” that the Water District board ultimately opposed it.

“But if you look at the foundational issues, they weren’t in denial that we need to import water,” said Boyd. “The issues were more about cost. Have we thought about all the aspects? Have we laid this out as a project plan? Will the source of water be Antelope Valley of LADWP? Those questions haven’t had a chance to evolve to a point where we have a cost.”

He added that potential state and federal government connections were not yet fully realized and will have an impact on costs.

“I firmly believe that the first step to begin engaging and being taken seriously is we need to show we have a revenue stream that is going to be able to offset the cost of the water we want to import.”

“The fact that the navy is investing billions of dollars after the earthquake is evidence that they have a high interest in maintaining a future here. They are the largest employer in the valley and bring a lot of dough here. Having the community display willingness to do painful things – like conservation and importing water – will help bond the IWV community and the Navy even tighter than it is today.”

Story First Published: 2020-10-16