California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed Lester Snow as director of the California Department of Water Resources.

“I am very pleased that Lester will be joining my administration and I am confident that he will use his vast knowledge in water resource management to lead the state's efforts to find balance between conservation and development,” said Governor Schwarzenegger.

Snow has over 25 years of experience working in public water resource management. Since 2001 he has been a principal at Saracino-Kirby-Snow, the water resource planning and management division of Schlumberger Water Services. At the same time he has also been the North American business development manager for Schlumberger Water Services. Prior to that, he served as the Mid-Pacific regional director of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. From 1995 to 1999 he was executive director of the CALFED Bay-Delta program and prior to that spent seven years as the general manager of the San Diego County Water Authority.

Snow's experience also includes six years with the Arizona Department of Water Resources including four years as the Tucson Area director.

“I am honored Governor Schwarzenegger has given me this opportunity to bring my experience in water resource management to the state, and I look forward to serving the people of California in this capacity,” said Snow.

Snow, 52, is a Democrat from Fair Oaks, Calif. He earned a Master of Science in water resources administration from the University of Arizona, and a Bachelor of Science in earth sciences from Pennsylvania State University. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $123,255.