There Is A Lot Going On Out In NWRA Country!

IWUA Leaders Tour Irrigation District

“Idaho Water Users Association (IWUA) executive team at the Lewiston Orchards Irrigation District (LOID) project."

Members of the Idaho Water Users Association (IWUA) executive team gather in Lewiston, Idaho to tour the Lewiston Orchards Irrigation District (LOID) project. The tour started at the headwaters of the LOID system and followed the diversion and winding canals to Mann Lake, where the water is pumped into the LOID delivery pipelines. In the near future, as part of the “Lewiston Orchards Exchange Project” – a settlement agreement with the Nez Perce Tribe aimed at restoring streams and tribal fisheries – LOID will transition away from its historical delivery systems and transition to a series of wells.”

Rural Coalition Letter on the Lack of Drought Provisions in Reconciliation Legislation

A group of rural oriented organizations, including NWRA recently sent a letter to the Senate Majority Leader Chuck Shumer and Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Chair, Joe Manchin, decrying the lack of drought related provisions in the first draft of reconciliation legislation. The Senate leaders and others ultimately responded to include several billion dollars for drought related programs and actions(See the full text of the letter here).

Sisk Dam Safety Project

Sisk Dam and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation officials at groundbreaking.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation recently broke ground at th San Luis Reservoir on its B.F. Sisk Dam Safety Modification Project, a billion-dollar initiative designed to reduce the potential of seismic event risks to the infrastructure. The multimillion dollar project received a major investment infusion via the  that received an investment infusion through Public Law 117-58, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that was enacted in November of 2021 and that was supported by NWRA.

NWRA President Kevin Ward on the passing of Jerry Gladbach

Jerry Gladbach

"I and the rest of NWRA leadership were very sad to hear today of the death of longtime NWRA Board member Jerry Gladbach. Jerry was a gentleman, a devoted member of his local community and of the water community on the national scale, and the definition of a public leader. In addition to his role on the NWRA Board, Jerry was the Vice President of the Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency and had been involved for decades in public life in the Santa Clarita Valley, which he had called home since 1968. His contributions to our association were significant, and he will be sorely missed. I and the rest of the NWRA community extend our condolences to Jerry's family and friends. "

(Text of Santa Clarita Valley Water Statement)

NWRA Board Member Rusty Jardine Retires

Rusty Jardine at the Derby Dam on the Truckee River that feeds the Truckee Canal.

Rusty Jardine, long-time District Manager and General Counsel for the Truckee Carson Irrigation District headquartered in Fallon, Nevada recently retired after many years of service to the district and the industry. Mr. Jardine was also a long-time NWRA Board Member. Benjamin Shawcroft, Esq. has taken over the District Manager responsibilities at the irrigation district.

NWRA Member Appointed To New Commission

NWRA member, Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) announced recently that General Manager Andy Fecko has been named to serve on the newly-established Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission (Commission). Created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law signed by President Biden in 2021, the Commission “will play a key role in recommending ways that federal agencies can better prevent, mitigate, suppress and manage wildland fires. It will also recommend policies and strategies on how to restore the lands affected by wildfire,” according to a press release by the United States Department of Agriculture.

Colorado Water Congress Retreat

Cortez locals meeting with Colorado Water Congress Board Members

The Colorado Water Congress Board of Directors held its annual retreat in Cortez, Colorado, touring the Dolores Project which serves local irrigators and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. The area is in the midst of severe drought for the second year running, with allocations under 30 percent as the end of June.

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