In the course of our Oral History project and while honoring our Lifetime Achievement and Water Hero award recipients, we have created a collection of videos highlighting the lives and careers of the people listed below. Click on the name to view the video. Note: these videos are best viewed in either Microsoft Explorer or Firefox.

Lifetime Achievement and Water Hero Videos

Ruben S. Ayala Senator Ayala had a long and distinguished career in
California politics. He is most notable for
his work in the 1980s to introduce the Peripheral Canal, which would have allowed water exports that avoided the delicate Bay-
John Brudin General Manager (retired), Eastern Municipal Water District. Mr. Brudin helped the district adopt a new ethic of thinking and acting like a business
instead of a large public agency.
Louis Fletcher For 35 years Louis Fletcher worked for San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water
District, first as the District’s engineer and then as General
Manager. Louis has had his hand in nearly everything that
is connected to the water in the San Bernardino Valley.
P. Joseph Grindstaff As director of CALFED, Joe Grindstaff is responsible
for leading state and federal
partners and other interested parties to implement what’s
best for the Delta and all of California. As Deputy Secretary for Water Policy, Mr. Grindstaff also helps translate the state’s water issues
into sound public policy.
Robert Holcomb Bob Holcomb, San Bernardino mayor for 18
years, spearheaded the campaign to keep the city’s
water independent from the rest of Southern
California. He also laid the political foundation
for the State College
Board to choose this city to build a university — CSUSB — on the basis of our water rights.
Lois Kreiger Lois Krieger was the
first woman to chair
the Metropolitan Water District of Southern
California board, representing Western
Municipal Water District.
She has a life-long commitment to thoughtful
water policy.
Congressman Jerry Lewis, (R-Ca, 41) As chairman of the House Appropriations
Committee, Jerry Lewis was a driving
force in directing
federal infrastructure funds to aid water
projects in the Inland
Empire, including the East Branch of the
State Water Project and the Inland Feeder pipeline.
Arthur Littleworth Arthur L. Littleworth is one of the
preeminent water
law attorneys in the United States.
In his 40 years of
legal practice, he has participated in
all aspects of water law. He coauthored the book California Water, widely viewed as the definitive book on this subject.
Joseph A. Rowe The first Water Hero award was given posthumously
to Joseph Andrew Rowe to recognize the magnificent
gift of his father’s and his own water-based library.
The thousands of records reports and other
documents in his gift became the cornerstone of
the Joseph Andrew Rowe
Water Resources Archive that is part of the WRI.
Gerard Thibeault Gerard Thibeault is the recently-retired Executive Officer of the California Regional
Water Quality Control
Board, Santa Ana Region. He has been
a regional water quality control board staff
member for more than 33 years, joining the regional board staff in 1975.
Hubert Webb Hubert Webb is the patriarch of Albert A
Webb Associates, a well respected
company in
Riverside. He was a part of the State Water Project from its very earliest days, helping to
set up the Crestline Lake
Arrowhead Water Agency
in the San Bernardino Mountains. He’s also been
involved with major Inland Empire water supply and infrastructure projects over the past six decades.