IN RECOGNITION OF ARVIN-EDISON WATER STORAGE DISTRICT
(Extensions of Remarks - May 01, 2018)

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[Congressional Record Volume 164, Number 71 (Tuesday, May 1, 2018)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E575]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]




         IN RECOGNITION OF ARVIN-EDISON WATER STORAGE DISTRICT

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                         HON. DAVID G. VALADAO

                             of california

                    in the house of representatives

                          Tuesday, May 1, 2018

  Mr. VALADAO. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the Arvin-Edison 
Water Storage District in celebration of its 75th Anniversary of 
providing much-needed water to communities across the southeastern San 
Joaquin Valley.
  Organized in 1942, the Arvin-Edison Water Storage District (AEWSD) 
entered into its first agreement with the United States Bureau of 
Reclamation twenty years later in 1962. Today, the Water District 
consists is tasked with managing, treating, acquiring, and supplying 
water to 131,660 acres of agricultural land in Southeast Kern County, 
California.
  Between 1964 and 1968, with support from the Bureau of Reclamation, 
the District constructed its primary water distribution facilities. 
Since then, AEWSD has continued to invest in its infrastructure to 
provide reliable water supply to its members. Among its various 
infrastructure projects, the District constructed its Tejon Spreading 
Basin in 1972, the North Canal Spreading Basin in 1999, and various new 
wells between 1996 and 1998.
  The Arvin-Edison Water Storage District is comprised of approximately 
132,000 acres of land, encompassing more than 113,000 acres of 
irrigated crops including vineyards, almonds, citrus, and carrots, to 
name a few. In 2016, the AEWSD supported over 1.1 billion dollars in 
agricultural products, nearly twenty percent of agricultural 
commandeers grown in Kern County.
  Today, the Arvin-Edison Water Storage District is led by President 
Edwin Camp, Vice President Jeffrey G. Giumarra, and Secretary John C. 
Moore. The District's current Board of Directors also includes Ronald 
R. Lehr, Howard R. Frick, Dennis B. Johnson, Charles Fanucchi, Catalino 
M. Martinez, and Kevin E. Pascoe.
  Among the District's operations staff are Engineer-Manager Jeevan S. 
Muhar, Deputy General Manager David A. Nixon, Director of Water 
Resources Steven C. Collup, and General Superintendent Christopher P. 
Krauter.
  Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues in the United States House of 
Representatives to join me in congratulating the Arvin-Eqison Water 
Storage District on their 75th Anniversary and thank them for their 
years of providing reliable irrigation water to support agriculture in 
Kern County.

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