Longtime Valley water leader David Orth will head the newly formed North Friant Authority, starting Aug. 17, the organization announced this week.
Orth last month resigned as general manager of the Kings River Conservation District after 13 years at the helm. He will pursue a consulting business, using his many years of organizing and management experience in California’s water world.
The North Friant Authority formed this year after Friant Water Authority, representing east San Joaquin Valley farmers, lost several irrigation districts over philosophical differences related to drought management. North Friant consists of Fresno and Madera irrigation districts as well as Chowchilla and Gravelly Ford water districts.
Orth’s role as executive officer with North Friant is part of his new consulting business. He will be an independent contractor with the group.
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Orth is a member of the California Water Commission, which will play a key role in deciding which water storage projects get funding from a water bond approved last year. Among the options is Temperance Flat Dam, which would expand water storage above Millerton Lake.