Chase Hurley was born and raised on a small family farm in Los Banos, Ca. He attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and obtained an Agricultural Marketing degree in 1989, since then has been very active in ag production and water resources for the last thirty years. From 2004-2017, he was the General Manager of San Luis Canal Company in Dos Palos California where he represented over three hundred San Joaquin River Water Right landowners on a wide variety of resource and policy issues.
Brad was born and raised in Merced, California and his family operated Lockwood Seed and Grain. He attended Sonoma State University and the University of San Francisco and obtained an advanced degree in environmental science. He has an environmental land use background and for the last several years has been immersed in helping the agricultural communities throughout California. Brad has been instrumental in organizing neighbors to be proactive in the face of uncertainty.
Water Operations Manager
Mike Gardner was born and raised in Los Banos, California. He attended Merced College for 2 years. Since then Mike has been fully immersed in water resources, working at both Panoche Water/Drainage District and the Grassland Water District. He started Panoche’s first real-time monitoring network, which included 9 real-time stations that monitored flow and water quality using Campbell Scientific data loggers and software. At Grassland Water District where he was in charge of all outside operations for over 55,000 acres of privately-owned wetlands. The wetlands consisted of 1,000 landowners, 188 duck clubs, and 445 water delivery turnouts. He was in charge of delivering up to 180,000-acre feet of water which was part of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act. Mike has served as a Director of the Los Banos Sportsman’s Association and has volunteered for Ducks Unlimited and the National Rifle Association.
Steve was born and raised in Kingsburg, California and is a third-generation farmer here in the Central Valley. He attended Oral Roberts University and Southern Methodist University attaining a CPA and law degree in 1991. He has been involved in production ag from 1993 on the west side of the valley and has served on numerous water boards over the past twenty years. Most recently he was instrumental in shaping groundwater policy while serving on two GSA boards. Steve brings a diverse water background focused on policy that will achieve a sustainable water future for agriculture here in our valley.