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Erdman Begins Second Term

LAGUNA BEACH, CA, DECEMBER 10, 2020 – On Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, the South Coast Water District Board of Directors unanimously chose Dennis Erdman to again serve as president. Director Rick Erkeneff will remain as vice president.

President Dennis 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. Before his retirement in 2015, he served 11 years as general manager of the Crescenta Valley Water District. Before that, he was general manager of the Mammoth Community Water District.

Mr. Erdman 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 at Capistrano Bay Park and Recreation District for eight years. Erdman also served as general manager of the Capistrano Beach Sanitary District and Capistrano Beach County Water District. He 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 ten grandchildren.

“A year ago, I was proud to be handed this gavel to conduct business meetings for the District,” said President Erdman. “Little did I know that we would be conducting most of those meetings on a virtual basis. I look forward to and hope to some time and over the course of having the gavel this year that we will return to those regular days when we meet in person and were able to have more pre and post-meeting discussions and follow up.”


Vice President Rick Erkeneff

Rick Erkeneff was elected to the South Coast Water District board in 2020 to a third four-year term. 

A native of Orange County, California, Erkeneff was raised and has resided in Dana Point for more than 45 years. Erkeneff is Partner and Creative Director of R&D Design and Marketing, a small business based in Dana Point. Erkeneff is married to his wife Denise and has two adult daughters, Lulu and Emma.

For nearly a decade, Erkeneff served as the Chairman of Surfrider Foundation's South Orange County Chapter and is currently chairman. 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 cleanups at Doheny State Beach, San Clemente, Salt Creek, Aliso Creek, and up the local watersheds.

Erkeneff has donated his branding and design work to local nonprofits, such as the Pet Project of Dana Point/San Clemente, the Surfrider Foundation, USA Surfing (the governing body for the U.S. Olympic Surf Team), and the Western Surfing Association -- to name a few.

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.


South Coast Water District was established in 1932. The District currently serves most of Dana Point, South Laguna Beach, and parts of San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano. District facilities include 15 reservoirs, 147 miles of water lines, 136 miles of sewer lines, seven water pumping stations, 14 sewer pumping stations, and approximately 12,360 water meters. An elected five-member board of directors governs the District. Learn more at or find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.