Byron, CA (May 7, 2024) – The Byron-Bethany Irrigation District (BBID) has announced it will dedicate its District Headquarters in honor of former General Manager Rick Gilmore.

A ceremony in Mr. Gilmore’s honor is scheduled for Thursday, June 13th at BBID.

Mr. Gilmore was a beloved leader of the District and a titan of California’s water industry. He passed away last May at the age of 61. His steadfast tenacity and devotion to protect agriculture and multi-generational farmers made a significant, lasting impact not only in the Tracy area, but across the state.

In 1983, Rick joined the Byron-Bethany Irrigation District (BBID) as a ditch tender. Over the years, he rose through the ranks and in 1999 he became BBID’s General Manager. Rick served dutifully in that capacity until March 2022, when he went on a medical leave of absence.

Details for the dedication ceremony are below.