Faces of Water Q&A – March 2018

  • by Heidi Ann Isner
  • Mar 16, 2018
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Heidi Ann Isner, Environmental Program Manager, Kings River Conservation District

Telling the stories of the people who work to deliver California’s water…

1.) Describe your job.

I aid in the management of the 12.4-mile tailwater fishery in the Kings River below Pine Flat Dam. This includes scientific studies and habitat projects, along with raising trout fry, monitoring water quality, and ensuring that KRCD is in environmental compliance with flood, levee, water management projects and KRCD’s hydropower plant. I do all things biological.

2.) What do you like best about your job?

Aside from working with great people, the best part of my job is task diversity and the opportunity to work outside on the river. I get to work with wildlife and fish, in the lab and behind the desk. I also enjoy providing educational opportunities to students and the public through outreach tours.

3.) How did you get started in the water industry?

I have a bachelor’s degree in natural resources, with a focus on wildlife management. After working as a seasonal biologist for the U.S. Forest Service for six years, and in a laboratory performing water quality testing for nearly two years, I was recruited by KRCD to work on the Kings River fishery and have been with them since.

4.) What is something unique about yourself? 

I love adventure sports – backpacking, kayaking, shark diving, skydiving and repelling. I hope to alligator wrestle soon! Funny enough, I hate swimming.

5.) What is your favorite movie?

I collect war movies. “Band of Brothers” might be my favorite. War movies encompass the very best and very worst of the human condition — bravery, fear, love, hate, endurance, corruption and sacrifice. We are capable of so many extremes. On a lighter note, I love the movie “Office Space.”


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