I first began to learn about the value of water from my grandfather, who was a public works director in Santa Rosa.
Later, as a Chamber of Commerce president, I learned more about and began to really push for the effective use of water.
It is no secret that we live in the desert, and that water here is scarce. We need it: from our bathrooms and kitchens to our livestock, acequias, wildlife and recreation. Still, it is easy enough to turn on the faucet, see water come out and forget how precious it is.