Westside RCD gets new manager

Sargeant J. “Sarge” Green, of Clovis, is the new manager of the Westside Resource Conservation District (WRCD). Green replaces Nettie R. Drake, who resigned in June.

The WRCD encompasses over 1.1 million acres of irrigated farmland and Coast Range land in Fresno, Kings and San Benito counties. The mission of the WRCD is to assure the sustainability of the soil, water and other natural resources in the District. The district is governed by a nine-member board of directors.

Green will administer the current programs, including such projects as upper watershed measures to reduce sediment load in storm flows, tree planting and other practices to check erosion, and on-farm drainage water treatment.

In addition to his part-time WRCD manager duties, Green will continue to serve as the general manager of Tranquillity Irrigation District (TID), position he has held since 1989.

“There's a lot of synergy with the WRCD and the issues we can work together on, such as drainage, air quality, economic development, and the landowner-based watershed programs. It's a total resources management issue,” Green said.

“We need to continue to move forward on salinity management and water conservation to minimize drainage to work on solving the problem,” he added.

Green also spent 14 years with the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Region, focusing on agricultural waste discharges, basin planning, oil fields, hazardous waste and Superfund sites.

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