Faces of Water Q&A – February 2019 by Katherine Causland Feb 22, 2019 Newsletters Berta Mims Assistant General Manager Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District 1. Describe your job. I am responsible for directing and supervising the areas of accounting, environmental resources, human resources, land acquisition, information systems and office management for district personnel. Our district provides flood control, urban storm drainage, and groundwater recharge to over 700,000 people in 399-square miles that includes the Fresno/Clovis metropolitan area. 2. What do you like best about your job? I feel like it’s an entire new world in such a small organization. I’ve lived in Fresno for 25 years, and I never really understood the purpose of the basins in our area or the flood protection that was happening – until now. All of this work is accomplished by a talented and relatively small core staff of 78 people, and an organizational model that harnesses the power of the private sector to perform some of the needed planning, construction and maintenance work. The district is now my home, and I am extremely proud to be part of the team. It’s wonderful to know that we are here to provide flood control, urban storm drainage and groundwater recharge program to our community in such times when water is scarce. 3. How did you get into the water industry? I was approached with a job opportunity based on my qualifications in the public sector. I began researching the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District and found many videos on YouTube where the General Manager outlined the origins of the flood control district, the area it services, and the services it provides. I came to understand it has been quietly doing amazing work for decades, and I found this completely fascinating. So, I took the chance, and here I am. I am blessed to have been given this opportunity. 4. What is something unique about yourself? In 2010, a friend talked me into signing up for a half marathon training (13.1 miles), when I couldn’t even run a mile. After many hours of training and many hours of early morning therapy run sessions, I can proudly say I’ve completed over 14 half marathons and one full marathon (26.2 miles) with Team in Training, in which I raised over $5,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 5. What is your favorite movie? “The Shawshank Redemption,” a heartfelt story of hope and perseverance. It never gets old.