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March 13, 2014
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Obituary: Former Metropolitan Board Chair Lois B. Krieger Passes

Lois B. Krieger, the first and only woman elected chair of the Metropolitan board, and the first female president of the Association of California Water Agencies passed away on February 11.

She served 25 years on the Metropolitan board of directors as a representative of the Western Municipal Water District of Riverside County. A native of British Columbia, Lois moved to Riverside at an early age. She joined the board in 1976, and two years after being elected vice chair, she was unanimously voted chairman of the board in 1989, holding that position through 1992. Ms. Krieger served as ACWA president in 1988 and 1989, where her consensus-based approach proved instrumental in developing a comprehensive water policy, “Water for Californians.”

Popular among her peers throughout the water industry, Lois Krieger was a trailblazer with a passionate commitment to solving the state’s water problems.

Ms. Krieger became board chair at a time similar to today, when the state was enduring serious drought conditions and trying to fix the problems in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. She was an advocate for building the Diamond Valley Lake reservoir, water transfers and storage agreements, and pushed for modernization of the State Water Project.

Ms. Krieger also helped craft Metropolitan’s mission statement to provide “adequate and reliable supplies of high-quality water in an environmentally and economically responsible way.” She also served as a board member for the California Water Resources Association and the Water Education Foundation, and received the Citizen Award from the federal Bureau of Reclamation.

She is survived by her children Tor, Terra, Lex, Heath and Kim, along with 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her oldest child James B. Krieger, a long-time Metropolitan employee and her husband, James H. Krieger, a founding partner of the Best Best & Krieger law firm.

Her impact upon Metropolitan and statewide water policy will long be remembered.


 

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