Oral Histories

The WRI also conducts and houses oral history projects of local and regional water leaders. Please contact Archivist/Historia Suzie Earp at (909) 537-7683 to review any of the following records in our Oral History collection:


Completed Oral Histories with Transcripts

Interviewee Affiliation/Topic of Interviews

Ruben Ayala

Former State Senator remembered for proposing the Peripheral Canal

Louis Fletcher

Former General Manager of San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District-District History

Putty Hencks

Longtime SB Mountain Resident that assembled a collection of documents and stories about water in Lake Arrowhead

Bill Leonard

San Bernardino business leader who supported San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District joining the MWD, founding member of Inland Action

Joe Rowe

San Bernardino Water Engineer from family firm that served the water industry primarily in the upper Santa Ana watershed

Ralph Wagner

Engineer based in Lake Arrowhead that has served every local major water-related agency or organization

Harold Willis

San Bernardino businessman who opposed a ballot measure that San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District join the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California in 1964 


Other Oral Histories may be available. For details, please contact Suzie Earp at 909-537-7683 or earps@csusb.edu.