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August 27, 2013

CVWD remembers two former board members

Two former longtime Coachella Valley Water District board directors are being remembered for their contributions to the district and to the Coachella Valley.

John “Jack” McFadden, who died Sunday, was instrumental in forming some of the largest and most important agreements, conservation plans and projects in district history. During his tenure on the board, CVWD experienced numerous milestones, including the near doubling of domestic service accounts and a corresponding increase in wastewater treatment service. He was involved in planning many major initiatives ranging from a complete concrete lining of the Coachella Canal to the Mid-Valley Pipeline Project.

McFadden was first appointed to the board in March 1990 and served until his retirement in 2010, including four years as president. McFadden also served as a Rancho Mirage city planning commissioner and city councilman, and was active in non-profit groups throughout the Coachella Valley.

Ted Fish, who died Aug. 17, served on the board from 1985 to 1998. A date and citrus farmer, he grew up on a farm in Oregon and studied agriculture at Oregon State University. He credited his farming experience for the development of his keen sense of the need for wise water management, an interest he brought to his work with the district.

A World War II veteran, Fish also was active in his local church and the Elks Club.

“Jack and Ted brought a wealth of experience to the district's board,” said current CVWD Board President John Powell Jr. “Jack brought an approach rooted in urban planning and Ted brought insight from a lifelong dedication to agriculture. These perspectives were extremely valuable to the board at a time of great growth in the Coachella Valley. I am honored to have served with them both.”

The Coachella Valley Water District is a public agency governed by a five-member board of directors. The district provides domestic and irrigation water, agricultural drainage, wastewater treatment and reclamation services, regional storm water protection, groundwater management and water conservation. It serves approximately 108,000 residential and business customers across 1,000 square miles, located primarily in Riverside County, but also in portions of Imperial and San Diego counties.

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