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This book is made possible by the board of directors of San Bernardino Valley
Municipal Water District, who felt it was important to create a historical account
of Valley District’s history to help educate the public about the district’s history
as well as the reason why water conservation is important. Current board
members include board President Pat Milligan; Steve Copelan; Mark Bulot; Gil
Navarro; and Ed Killgore.
In addition to the board members, I would also like to thank current and former
Valley District officials, especially General Manager and Chief Engineer Douglas
Headrick and his predecessors, including Louis Fletcher, Bob Reiter and Randy
Van Gelder for their assistance. I also owe a great deal of thanks to Don Harriger,
former general manager of Western Municipal Water District in Riverside,
Suzie Earp, archives manager at the Water Resources Institute at California
State University, San Bernardino; Ron Gastelum, former general manager of
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California in Los Angeles; Stacey
Aldstadt, general manager of the City of San Bernardino Water Department;
Tim Moore, of Rockvale, Tenn.-based Risk Sciences, Inc.; and Mike Huffstutler,
general manager of Bear Valley Mutual Water Co. in Redlands, for their time
and assistance in explaining the intriciacies of water rights, court judgments
and critical developments in the evolution of Valley District’s involvement in
San Bernardino Valley’s water history. I would also like to thank Maria Carrillo
and her colleagues, Katie Montemayor and Erin Selby at The Heritage Room at
the A.K. Smiley Public Library in Redlands, for their assistance in researching
numerous historical newpaper reports and photos. Additional assistance
provided by Steve Shaw, president of the San Bernardino Historical Society,
and Claire Teeters, president of the Yucaipa Valley Historical Society. While I
have attempted to make the book as accurate as possible, any errors in facts or
interpretation are my own.

— Jeff Crider
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