Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday appointed three people with Modesto-area ties Dorene D'Adamo, Virginia Madueño and Frank Damrell to state panels.
The appointments, which require state Senate confirmation:
D'Adamo, 52, was named to the State Water Resources Control Board, which watches over water rights and quality. It soon could decide on a proposal to increase fishery flows in the Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Merced and San Joaquin rivers.
D'Adamo is a senior policy adviser for Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno. She also has worked for former Reps. Dennis Cardoza and Gary Condit, both Democrats representing Modesto-area districts.
D'Adamo, an attorney, once served on the California Air Resources Board.
Her new position has a $128,109 annual salary.
Madueño, 47, has been appointed to the California Boating and Waterways Commission.
She has served as mayor and city councilwoman in Riverbank and owns a public relations firm, Imagen LLC. She also was a public information officer for Stanislaus County.
Board members receive $100 per diem.
Damrell, 74, a retired judge who lives in Sacramento, has been appointed to the Delta Stewardship Council, which soon could make key decisions on water supply and ecosystem needs in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
He has been counsel at Cotchett, Pitre and McCarthy LLP since 2012. He also worked as a private attorney, a deputy district attorney for Stanislaus County and a deputy attorney general for the state.
The delta post pays $40,669 per year.
All three appointees are Democrats.