CSUB's SSE Continues Its Quality of Life Center Speaker Series with Guest David Beard

The School of Social Sciences and Education's Quality of Life Center at California State University, Bakersfield is hosting its third speaker in the spring series. The talk will feature Kern County Water Agency Improvement District No. 4 (ID4) manager David Beard from 6-7:15 p.m. Monday, March 19, in the Student Union Multipurpose Room.

Beard will speak on current water projects designed to improve annual reliability and ID4’s water conservation education programs offered to K-12 students in metropolitan Bakersfield. 

 "This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to learn about conserving and protecting one of its most valuable resources,” said Associate Dean of Social Sciences and Education Tanya Boone-Holladay. “Mr. Beard’s commitment to water quality issues and challenges is obvious given his extensive education and efforts. Water education can improve the quality of life of every living being on the planet. The School looks forward to providing a venue for educating the community about water issues in Kern County."

The district Mr. Beard manages provides a supplemental water supply for the urban Bakersfield area through the importation of State Water Project water.  It includes a 72 million-gallons-per-day conventional water purification plant and related pumping and transmission pipelines.

Beard also administers ID4’s surface water exchange contracts and banked water facilities.   He coordinates with retail water purveyors on the Urban Bakersfield Advisory Committee and oversees ID4’s water education program.  Previously, he worked as a water resources planner, where he assisted with the financial components of ID4’s Treated Water Capacity Expansion Project.

Prior to joining the Agency in 2007, Mr. Beard worked as the vice president of operations for Clear Creek Systems, Inc. and implemented water treatment systems in California, Oregon and Washington.  He also worked for the Community Environmental Council in Santa Barbara, the Great Valley Center in Modesto and the Kern High School District in Bakersfield.

Beard holds a master’s degree in environmental science and management from UC Santa Barbara and a bachelor’s degree in economics-religious studies from Claremont McKenna College.  He serves on the Kern Water Bank Authority Board of Directors and on the Association of California Water Agencies’ Water Quality Committee.  He is a member of the American Water Works Association, California-Nevada Section, and is certified by the state as a water treatment and distribution operator. 

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