Residents must come together to restore groundwater, water district president says
North San Joaquin Water Conservation District board chairman Joe
Petersen, left, listens during a North San Joaquin Water
Conservation District meeting on June 7, 2011.
- More about Joe Petersen
The president of the North San Joaquin Water Conservation
District has a long history in the ag industry.
While studying business at Oregon State Univeristy in the late
’80s, he lived in a barn. Petersen fed and broke horses and ran
cattle in exchange for room and board.
After graduating in 1990, he missed working with spirited
horses. So he took up rodeo. His main event was saddle bronc, which
uses a saddle with free-swinging stirrups and no horn. Petersen
rode with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association for two years,
as well as working smaller rodeos for about three years.
While working with the San Joaquin Farm Bureau, he gave lessons
on the water cycle to elementary school kids.
The farthest he has traveled is to India on a trip with the
California Ag Leadership, where he was shocked by how drastically
their poor water systems affect their day-to-day life.
- Joe Petersen at a glance
Moved to Lodi in 1993 to work for Lodi Irrigation.
Served as second vice president for the San Joaquin County Farm
Born and raised in California, but went to high school and
college in Oregon.
Lives on cherry orchard surrounded by vineyards in Lodi with his
wife and three children.
Posted: Friday, January 20, 2012 12:00 am
Joe Petersen, the new president of the North San Joaquin Water
Conservation District, has a big job ahead of him.
In about six months’ time, he’s got to face the State Water
Resources Control Board and persuade them his district has a right
to a consistent water supply. At the same time, Petersen has to
persuade the community that the district is organized and focused
enough to manage the distribution of 20,000 acre-feet of Mokelumne
Friday, January 20, 2012 12:00 am.