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May 24, 2004


Long-time central San Joaquin Valley water leader Alvin Quist of Fresno is returning to the Kings River Conservation District Board of Directors. Quist was appointed Friday (May 21) during a special Board of Directors meeting to fill a vacancy created by the April 1 retirement of veteran KRCD Director Garvin H. White of Fresno.

Quist served as KRCD director for Division 3 (the Fresno area) from 1985 until 2002. He was KRCD's board President from 1998-2002. In his new board seat, Quist will be KRCD's at-large director, representing the entire 1.2-million acre District. The term ends this fall.

Quist, a Fresno native, is a partner with his son Jim in Quist Dairy southwest of Fresno. They also farm 750 acres of alfalfa, corn and wheat and another 100 acres of cotton.

A Fresno native, Quist is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He has been active in Rotary Club, the Fresno County Farm Bureau, AgFresno, District 8 of the California Milk Advisory Board, the Cal Poly Agricultural School Advisory Council and many local and state water organizations.

Quist served as a Fresno Irrigation District director from 1967-85 and also served on the Kings River Water Association Executive Committee. He chaired the KRWA from 1980-82 and actively and successfully battled to remove the Kings River service area from Reclamation Law under the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982.

He served on the Association of California Water Agencies board and was the first to head ACWA's Region 6. Quist serves on the Advisory Council for the Dean and President for the Cal Poly School of Agriculture in San Luis Obispo.

Quist served as Fresno County Farm Bureau President in 1957-58 and was honored as a lifetime member of the Farm Bureau board.

Retired Director White was honored May 21 during a retirement luncheon at the Sunnyside Country Club. He was presented with a resolution of commendation from the KRCD's board.

White is a native of Oklahoma and came to California in 1935. He moved to the Kerman-Rolinda area and began his own farming operation in 1951. White served on the Fresno Irrigation District board from 1965-82. In several years, White served on the Kings River Water Association Executive Committee. He chaired KRWA for two years. He has always been an advocate for good river stewardship, effective water management, power development and additional water storage.

In 1971, White was the winner in a three-candidate race for the at-large seat on KRCD's board. He was never opposed in subsequent elections. While on the KRCD board in 1979, White was elected Vice President of . ACWA. He served as ACWA's President from 1982-83.

The Kings River Conservation District is a public agency that has effectively served agricultural, business, and community residents within 1.2 million acres in portions of Fresno, Kings and Tulare counties since 1951. KRCD is a leading resource management agency, known for its efficiency and innovation, and not just in power production. KRCD is a recognized leader in environmental resources studies and water management including flood control, on-farm water management, water quality efforts and groundwater management.