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Cristel Tufenkjian, 559.237.5567, Extension 118, cell 559.906.2952

December 17, 2010


Fresno, CA - At their December 14 regular board meeting, Kings River Conservation District Board of Directors installed new officers. Director Brent Graham was elected to serve as president of the KRCD Board of Directors for a 2-year term. Graham was seated on the Board in 2006 representing Division 5, which includes much of northern Kings County. He was previously KRCD's Board vice president. Director Cehrs was elected vice president. Dr. David Cehrs was seated on the Board in 2008 representing the at-large seat which includes the entire District service area.

In addition to his role as a KRCD Director, Graham currently chairs the Lower (Kings River) Board of Directors and the Kings County Water Commission, and is the long-time secretary of the San Joaquin Valley Agricultural Water Committee. He is also vice chair of both the California Farm Water Coalition and the State Water Project Contractors Authority. Graham retired in June 2008 as the General Manager of the Tulare Lake Basin Water Storage District. Prior to becoming General Manager of the District in 1969, he was a hydrographer for the Kings River Water Association.

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 Integrated Regional Water Management Authority, the El Rio Reyes Conservation Trust, and the Tehipite Chapter of the Sierra Club. He is a geology professor at Reedley College and also works as a consultant on water supplies, water quality and recharge. 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.

A public agency formed in 1951, KRCD serves the agricultural, business and community residents within 1.2 million acres in portions of Fresno, Kings and Tulare counties. KRCD is a leading resource management agency for water, power, and the environment in the Kings River service area.

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