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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 12, 2008


Alvin J. Quist

Fresno, CA - Long-time KRCD Director Alvin J. Quist was honored for his twenty-one years of dedicated service to the District during KRCD’s November board meeting.

As noted by Board President Mark McKean, Director Quist through his leadership has helped shape the District into a leading resource management agency. Quist served as President of the Board from 1997-2002, providing exemplary leadership and gaining the respect of fellow Directors and District staff. He provided policy guidance on activities including on-farm water conservation, flood control, groundwater management, power generation, fisheries management, and supported projects to increase surface and groundwater supplies for the region. The Board commended Director Quist for his leadership and contributions to the District and the entire Kings River service area.

Director Quist addressed the board stating it was his honor to represent the Kings River service area in the pursuit of sound resource management policy during his tenure, including the successful battle to protect the Kings River service area from Federal Reclamation Law under the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982 and provide policy guidance for the Jeff L. Taylor—Pine Flat Power Plant revenue sharing agreement. Director Quist stated that those accomplishments will be considered highlights from his many years in representing the Kings River service area.

Quist served as a Fresno Irrigation District director from 1967-85. He also served on the Kings River Water Association Executive Committee and was chair from 1980-82. Quist served on the Association of California Water Agencies board. He was the first to head ACWA’s Region 6.

Quist and his wife, Mary, live in western Fresno County. A Fresno native, Quist is a partner with his son in Quist Dairy, which represents three generations of continuous dairying in California. He also has two daughters. In addition, the family farms alfalfa, corn, wheat, and cotton. He is dairy science graduate from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and a former marine. He has been active in Rotary Club, the California Milk Advisory Board and the Cal Poly Agricultural School Advisory Council. Quist served as Fresno County Farm Bureau President in 1957-58 and was honored as a lifetime member of the Farm Bureau board.

Quist was replaced on KRCD’s Board by newly elected Director Dr. David Cehrs.

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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