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Chris Acree, Executive Director

Chris is a University of California Davis graduate with a B.S. degree in Environmental and Resource Sciences with Hydrology as a Major Emphasis. For seven years, Chris was a Senior Air Pollution Control Specialist with San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. Other professional experiences include: Regional Council of Rural Counties' Environmental Program Coordinator for Mariposa, Tuolumne, Calaveras, Inyo, and Mono Counties; County of Fresno Public Works and Planning Resources Department; UC Davis Outdoor Adventures Senior Rock-Climbing Guide; and Western Environmental Consultants Urban Forestry contract work for P.G. & E. and SMUD.

Chris was appointed to the County of Fresno Planning Commission in July 2006 and County of Fresno San Joaquin Valley Water Coalition Council in August 2005. He has volunteered for the Sierra Club, Tehipite Chapter, California State Democratic Convention, California Wild Heritage Campaign, Committee to Save the Kings River, UC Davis Hydrology Department and San Joaquin River Parkway.

Do the Math for Callifornia Water Planning.

Printed in August 2008 Undercurrent


Water is fluid and graceful.  It follows the path of least resistance and lets gravity do all the work, slowly wearing away even the largest boulders in its path.  Numbers and equations, on the other hand, are rigid and fixed and often spark bad memories of high school algebra class.  Not many people think about numbers when they are swimming, or bathing, or drinking a glass of water.  How can numbers stick to something so fluid?  Water will sink into the ground only to be pumped right back up again, evaporate into thin air only to be rained back down.  Assigning numbers to water is like walking a slippery slope.     

Dams or Diversions? How to get California's water plans back on track.

By Chris Acree Printed in March 08 Undercurrent

California has 1,200 major dams, and the San Joaquin Valley has more developed water infrastructure than anywhere in the world, so why are we so stirred up over our current water situation? The recent attempts at a statewide water bond reinvigorated discussions in the legislature that could lead to big changes in the State’s water system, and hopefully take the edge off a looming water crisis. After a year of bond negotiations and a special session of the legislature, however, we failed to find consensus on the correct course of action. Now, as the State fiscal crisis threatens momentum on a water bond, maybe it’s time to take a deep breath and re-evaluate our water woes.

Can a River Survive a City?

Printed in September 2008 Undercurrent
Chris Acree

Fresno is big and getting bigger. Despite our unhealthy air and extremely hot weather, we still manage to draw in more new residents than most other U.S. cities. Maybe this is because Fresno is a great place to live and raise a family, or maybe we are just stuck here and having lots of babies. Either way you look at it, life in the San Joaquin Valley is changing. A new habitat restoration project for the San Joaquin River could give valley residents more opportunities to enjoy this place we live, that is, if the restored river can survive our way of life.

Water in Balance

By Chris Acree, Printed in September 2007 Undercurrent

Lately when I think of the word ‘balance’, all that comes to mind is how ‘out of balance’ things are surrounding water issues in the San Joaquin Valley. I attribute this to the drone of news articles talking about California’s current struggles to balance the budget, and the legal battles between environmentalists and our government over water use in the San Joaquin River and the Delta.

We must be good stewards of San Joaquin

By Chris Acree, Revive the San Joaquin Executive Director.

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