The Carson Water Subconservancy District, or CWSD, is a regional watershed agency.  It is a unique multi-county, bi-state agency dedicated to establishing a balance between the water needs of the communities within the Carson River Watershed and the function of the river system.

CWSD’s fourteen member Board of Directors consists of representatives from each of the six counties within the watershed and include several agricultural representatives and an advisory member from Storey County.  Board members are selected by their respective county boards and serve four year terms.

Dr. January Riddle, Alpine County

Dr. January Riddle, of Markleeville, was appointed Supervisor for the 1st District of the Alpine County Board of Supervisors by CA Governor Gavin Newsom in November 2020. Riddle was a Census Response Representative for the U.S. Census Bureau from 2019 to 2020. She was a Humanities Faculty Member at the University of Phoenix from 2009 to 2018 and a Realtor for Devin Properties from 2005 to 2017. Riddle was an Educational Resource Specialist for the U.S. Peace Corps in South Africa from 2002 to 2004, an Associate Professor of Communications at Bethany College from 1995 to 2001 and a Lecturer in Journalism at San Diego State University from 1982 to 1995. Riddle earned a Doctor of Education degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Arts degree in English from San Jose State University.

Dr. January Riddle serves on the CWSD Board as a representative of the Alpine County Board of Supervisors.

David Griffith, Alpine County

David Griffith serves on the CWSD Board as a representative of the Alpine County Board of Supervisors.

John Engels, Douglas County

John Engels serves on the CWSD Board as a representative of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners.

Jack Jacobs, Douglas County

Jack Jacobs serves on the CWSD Board as an Agricultural representative of Douglas County.

-Registered Civil Engineer with over 50 years of service to the water industry as a utility manager and consultant and life member of American Society of Civil Engineers, Water Environment Federation, and American Water Works Association

-Owner/Manager of Jacobs Family Berry Farm since 2010

-Produces fresh berries and berry products for on-farm sales

-Provides a venue for weddings and other events

-Owner of Clear Solutions International since 2010, a consulting firm providing technical and professional services

Recent Carson Valley Agricultural and Professional Achievements

-2018 Conservation Award for work to advance agriculture in the Carson Valley

-Produced a report in 2017 on Agricultural Trends in Douglas County

-Champion for Agrihoods on the Douglas County Economic Vitality Plan Update 2017-19

-April 2018 received listing of Lampe Ranch on the National Register of Historic Places recognizing agriculture in Carson Valley

-Board Member Carson-Douglas Farm Bureau

-Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce Board 2017 to present and President-Elect 2019

-2016 Douglas County Entrepreneur Spotlight Award

Dave Nelson, Douglas County

Dave Nelson serves as on the CWSD Board as a representative of Douglas County.

Mark Gardner, Douglas County

Mark Gardner serves on the CWSD Board as a representative of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners.

Fred Stodieck, Douglas County

Fred Stodieck serves as an agricultural representative on the CWSD Board appointed by Douglas County.  Fred is a lifelong farmer from Carson Valley.  Fred operates Stodieck Farm with the help of his wife, daughters, and grandsons.  Stodieck Farm has been in his family since his great – grandfather bought it in 1868 for $2,600 in gold coins.  Mentored by his father, Cecil (who was also Federal Water Master for the Carson River), and uncles, Elven and William, Fred learned animal husbandry, equipment management, ditch maintenance, water law, and many other ranching skills.  Fred has also worked as a road surveyor and in construction, and all of these practical skills have helped him remain successful in the difficult task of cattle ranching.

Stacey Giomi, Carson City

Stacey Giomi has been a resident of Carson City since 1977.  He is a graduate of Carson High School (Class of 1980) and received his Associate of Arts Degree from Western Nevada College.  Stacey went on to obtain dual Bachelors’ Degrees in Public Administration (Fire) and Fire Prevention Technology from Cogswell College.  He started as a Volunteer Firefighter with the Carson City Fire Department in 1980.  He was ultimately hired to a full-time position and served for over 31 years before retiring as Fire Chief & Director of Emergency Management in 2015.  During his career he held every rank in the Carson City Fire Department.

Stacey is currently the Director of Facilities & Emergency Preparedness for the Carson City based Nevada Health Centers.  This is a state-wide organization that provides medical and dental care to low-income, uninsured, underinsured and geographically isolated residents of Nevada.  Nevada Health Centers is the largest community health center in Nevada with locations in seven different Nevada counties

Having been appointed by three separate Nevada Governors, Stacey has served on several state-wide organizations: State Emergency Response Commission, Homeland Security Commission’s Funding Committee (where he currently serves as Chairman), and he is the former President of the Nevada Fire Chiefs Association.  Personally, Stacey has a long history of community service:  he is the immediate Past President of Advocates to End Domestic Violence and Secretary on the Board for the RSVP Program.  He has also served on everything from AYSO to PTA organizations.

Giomi raised two children in Carson City – both of whom graduated from both Carson High School and the University of Nevada Reno. He has one granddaughter.  In his spare time, he enjoys golf, hiking with his black lab (Lexi), travel, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Stacey Giomi serves on the CWSD Board as Chairman, and a representative of the Carson City Board of Supervisors.

Lisa Schuette, Carson City

Born and raised in Carson City, Lisa graduated from Carson High School and the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor of Science in English.  Lisa has served this community as a Sheriff’s Deputy, Juvenile Probation Officer, and Middle School Health Teacher, being named Carson City Teacher of the Year in 2013, and Nevada Department of Education HIV Educator of the Year in 2009.  Lisa founded Carson Animal Services Initiative (CASI), spearheading the effort to build and help equip the new animal shelter and make access to spay/neuter services more available.  She currently serves on the Ron Wood Family Resource Center’s Board of Directors and in 2018 was honored as one of Northern Nevada’s Top 20 Powerful Women by Northern Nevada Business Weekly.  Lisa and her husband Steve share their home with Hank the dog.

Lisa Schuette serves on the CWSD Board as a representative of the Carson City Board of Supervisors.

Kathy Canfield, Storey County

Kathy Canfield is a Storey County Planner and serves in an advisory capacity on the CWSD Board.

Ken Gray, Lyon County

Ken Gray serves on the CWSD Board as Vice Chairman and a representative of the Lyon County Board of Commissioners.

Mike Workman, Lyon County

Mike Workman serves on the CWSD Board as a representative of Lyon County.

 

Mike grew up in Southern Idaho and Mt. Shasta, CA.  He started his 44-year career working in the municipal water & wastewater services sector with the City of Mt. Shasta in 1974.  In 1987 he accepted a Utilities Superintendent position with the Incline Village General Improvement District.  From 2000 to 2004 he served as the Public Works Director in Mt. Shasta.  Missing the water & wastewater field, Mike then accepted the Utilities Director position with the Lyon County Utilities Department, where he worked until his retirement in June of 2018.

 

Mike is most proud of the close working relationships he developed over the years with co-workers, neighboring municipalities, various State and local regulatory agencies, the business community and his customers.  He has been involved with the development and implementation of several local water & wastewater operating agreements that opened the door for inter-connecting local service areas and he played a key role in a 550-unit septic tank elimination project in an effort to protect the groundwater aquifer that supplies both private and municipal wells in the Dayton area.  Mike continues to be involved with the Drinking Water Operator Certification Program as well as various municipal water supply programs in the area.

Pete Olsen, Churchill County

Pete Olsen serves on the CWSD Board as a representative of the Churchill County Board of Commissioners.

Ernie Schank, Churchill County

Ernie Schank serves as Treasurer and an agricultural representative on the CWSD Board appointed by the Churchill County Board of Commissioners.

Ernie was born and raised in Fallon, Nevada. He was educated in the local schools and attended and graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Animal Science. He served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New Zealand. Ernie has been married to his sweetheart, the former Carmen Sorensen, since 1972. They enjoy their three sons and one daughter, as well as 13 grandchildren.

Ernie owns and operates a family farming/ranching business. He has worked as an instructor for the Western Nevada Community College, served on the Nevada Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors, and served as President of the Newlands Water Protective Association. In 1978, he was named Outstanding Young Farmer/Rancher of Nevada by the Farm Bureau.

Ernie was first elected to the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District (TCID) Board of Directors in 1978. He served four years at that time. In 1998, he was again elected to the Board until he retired from the Board in 2018 after 24 years of service. He served for 20 years as the President of the Board of Directors. In his capacity as President he represented the TCID before congressional committees, has been involved in negotiations on all kinds of water related issues and has been a witness in many legal proceedings. From 1982-1984, he was appointed and served on the Governor’s Select Committee to study the feasibility of building additional dams on the Carson River. In 1994, he represented the Newlands Water Protective Association on the second-generation negotiations for implementation of P.L. 101-618. He also currently serves on the Carson Truckee Water Conservancy District Board of Directors.

He has done extensive research on the Newlands Reclamation Project history in preparation for the 100th anniversary celebration of the Project’s authorization and construction which occurred in 2003. He has spent many years putting together a picture history of the building of the Truckee Canal from collections at TCID, Churchill County Museum, Nevada State Historical Society, and Bureau of Reclamation. He has enjoyed the opportunity to make historical presentations on the building of the Newlands Project before many organizations, clubs, and groups. He has also written many articles on water-related issues for local newspapers, Nevada Policy Research Institute, and for In Focus, a Churchill County Museum publication.

Major accomplishments at Truckee-Carson Irrigation District:
• Improved relationships and communication with governmental leaders
• Committee structure of the Board of Directors
• Passage of Public Law 106-265-Transfer of Headquarters from US to TCID
• Long-term lease with Sierra Pacific Power Company
• Purchase of New Lahontan Hydro Plant
• Improvements and modernization of Old Lahontan and V-Line Hydro Plants
• Bonding of Truckee Canal Conduit Rehabilitation Project