Beverly J. Lowry
Beverly Lowry, affectionately known by most as "Bev," has been a Barstow area resident for 50 years. The youngest of five children (with two brothers and two sisters), she moved to California in 1947. She and her late husband Al settled in Barstow in 1966 where she has lived since with her two sons and two grandsons close by. She has led a lengthy and distinguished career in public service, including her current term as a Director representing Division 6, which encompasses the greater Barstow area. She has the most seniority on the Agency’s Board of Directors, serving one term in 1973-77 and 28 years since 1989.
When she first ran for the board of directors her motivation then, as it is now, was threefold: (1) make sure the Agency was delivering water which it wasn’t at the time in 1973, (2) make sure the infrastructure is in place to do so, and (3) increase the amount of water delivered through the State Water Project.
She cites her serving 28 years on the Barstow Heights Community Services District Board of Directors as providing expertise to serve on the MWA board. She also has made a career of solving problems both as staff and policymaker. For over 24 years she has served as a County and State Field Representative, being a strong advocate for the people of the High Desert regardless of political affiliation, helping them to navigate what at times can be confusing government bureaucracy.
In her capacity as an MWA Board member, Director Lowry was instrumental in securing most of the funding for the construction of the $62 million dollar Mojave River Pipeline, which extends 76 miles from Baldy Mesa to Newberry Springs, bringing much needed water to outlying desert communities.
Director Lowry sees the greatest future challenge facing the Agency in the coming years is having sufficient revenues to purchase water through the State Water Project. She feels strongly that prudent management of Agency revenues is one of the ways to meet the challenge of buying water from the State Water Project. She’s also adamant that raising taxes to increase revenues is out of the question.
She describes herself as a "voracious reader" (including two newspapers per day), and she loves to travel—having visited almost every state in the union—enjoys gardening, and loves to cook having become accomplished at age 12. An avid football and baseball fan, through T.V. she has prime tickets to every Dodgers game.