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For Release September 26, 2007

Leadership Changes at the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District

Redlands, CA - September 24, 2007 – John Longville has been appointed to serve as a member of the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District Board of Directors.  Mr. Longville will represent the Conservation District’s Division 4 which includes parts of the cities of San Bernardino and Highland.  Mr. Longville is a former Member of the California State Assembly with many years of local government experience, including eleven years as the Mayor of the City of Rialto. Director Longville’s appointment fills the vacancy left by Director Glenda Douglas who moved from the area earlier this year.

According to Board President, Melody McDonald “…the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District welcomes Director Longville as a member of the Board, and looks forward to working with him and utilizing his experience and skills towards meeting the District’s mission, that of ensuring recharge of the Bunker Hill Groundwater Basin in an environmentally and economically responsible way.”

Director Longville’s appointment follows other changes at the District.

In June 2007, the Board of Directors elected Ms. McDonald to serve as Board President. Director Manuel Aranda will continue to serve asBoard Vice President.  Both President McDonald and Vice President Aranda are actively involved in the water industry and the business of the District. 

In August, Marvin Shaw was appointed as the Conservation District’s new General Manager.  Mr. Shaw brings many years of water industry and local government experience to the District.  He formerly served as a senior manager for the water resources engineering firm, Bookman – Edmonston with extensive water and land management experience.

The Conservation District was formed in 1932, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected Board of Directors. The District’s principal task is to conserve water by diverting the natural flow of the Santa Ana River and Mill Creek into percolation basins that the District owns and operates.  The District assists in the management of the Bunker Hill Groundwater Basin - the major source of water supply for local communities.  Conservation activities prevent the loss of high quality local surface water.