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For More Information: Cristel Tufenkjian, KRCD's Manager of Community and Public Relations, 559.237.5567, Extension 118, cell 559.906.2952

December 5, 2008


Dr. David Cehrs

Fresno, CA - Sanger farmer and water professional Dr. David Cehrs began his service today as a newly elected Kings River Conservation District director. Dr. Cehrs was elected to a 4-year term representing the at-large position on the Board, which includes the 1.2 million-acre KRCD service area encompassing portions of Fresno, Kings and Tulare counties.

Cehrs is actively involved with water issues in the San Joaquin Valley and the adjacent Sierra Nevada. He is currently volunteering in several organizations that deal with regional water resource management including the Upper Kings Basin Water Forum, the El Rio Reyes Conservation Trust, the Tehipite Chapter of the Sierra Club, and the San Joaquin Valley Blueprint Planning Process. He is a geology professor at Reedley College and also works as a consultant on water supplies, water quality and recharge.

Cehrs has expressed his top priorities as a KRCD board member are to ensure long-term water sustainability, deal with the groundwater overdraft issue, and educate valley residents about water conservation.

Cehrs' first hydrologic employment was in 1973 with the Water Management Lab of the US Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service working on the Leaky Acres project, a groundwater recharge facility located in the City of Fresno. He has also worked as a researcher on agricultural and municipal water problems including groundwater recharge, groundwater flow, water quality/chemistry, and crop water demand.

Cehrs replaces Alvin Quist, a long-time central San Joaquin Valley water leader who served on KRCD's board since 1985.

Cehrs earned bachelor's and master's degrees in geology from California State University, Fresno and a doctorate in hydrology from the University of Arizona. He is a registered geologist and certified hydrogeologist.

Cehrs and his wife Anne have two children and live in the Sanger area where they grow citrus on their 140-acre farm.

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 resource management agency in power, environmental resources and water management including flood control, on-farm water management, water quality efforts and groundwater management. For more information go to

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