John Ricker has been a Director with the Santa Cruz County Resource Conservation District since 2000. He is the water resources program coordinator for Santa Cruz County and has worked for the County in watershed planning, water quality protection, and water resources management since 1974. He serves on various state and regional advisory groups dealing with beach water quality, groundwater management, stormwater management, onsite sewage disposal systems, and watershed protection. He has been a partner in an organic apple and pear orchard and is a partner in a horse boarding and riding facility. He has a degree from UCSC in Environmental Studies and Biology and is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control.