The duties of the Deputy Director for Water Resource Management are to administer and implement, under the direction of the Commission, the State Water Code and all rules, and other directives promulgated by the Commission. The Deputy Director must have experience in the area of water resources and is appointed by the Chairperson, subject to the approval of a majority of the Commission.
William M. Tam, Deputy Director
Bill Tam is an attorney who specializes in water, natural resources and land use law and was formerly with the Honolulu law firm of Alston, Hunt, Floyd & Ing. For 17 years, Mr. Tam was a Deputy Attorney General for the Board of Land and Natural Resources (1981 to 1997) and the first legal counsel to the Commission on Water Resource Management (1987 to 1997). He co-authored Hawaii’s Water Code (1987) and taught land law at University of Hawaii Law School. Mr. Tam graduated from Wesleyan University (Conn.) and Boston University School of Law. He is active with the Marimed Foundation, the Polynesian Voyaging Society, and the Trust for Public Lands..