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There Is A Lot Going On Out In NWRA Country!

The Bureau of Reclamation and Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District teams gather at the groundbreaking site for the Arkansas Valley Conduit in Colorado. Participants include  Bill Long, district board president; Brent Esplin, BoR regional director (left of sign respectively); and Jim Broderick, Southeast District executive director (right of sign).   Groundbreaking expected this spring on the project authorized in 1962.   It will deliver a clean drinking water supply for 50,000 people from the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project. 

City of Aurora's innovative water recycling initiative

Assistant Secretary of the Interior, Tanya Trujillo, recently visited Aurora, Colorado's Prairie Waters initiative where she announced an $5 million federal infusion into a water recycling project that consists of a complex web of wastewater moving through a treatment plant, downriver, a deep well, a gravel field, pipe and a freshwater treatment facility where the water is blended with pristine snow melt which then moves back to consumers taps. Click here to view full article.

Left - Assistant Secretary Trujillo accompanied by other officials touring Prairie Waters.

Right - State Rep. Jadon Crow and Assistant Secretary Trujillo.

Making the rounds on Capitol Hill

Incoming NWRA Executive Vice President Dale Nellor was joined by NWRA Federal Affairs Committee Chair Christine Arbogast and Vice Chair Paul Arrington the week of December meeting with Ayla Neumeyer and Samantha Hendricks in the Washington, D.C. office of Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID).

Infrastructure Update

Colorado Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper announce a $60 million funding commitment for the Arkansas Valley Conduit in southeastern Colorado.  The funding came from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act through the Bureau of Reclamation.

Idaho Water Users Association's Headgate Program is well underway

November 15, 2022, marked the beginning of Class #2 of the Idaho Water Users Association’s (IWUA) leadership development program, Headgate. Headgate was specifically designed by IWUA to provide leadership skills for water user organizations. Headgate consists of 3 two-day sessions and provides a broad range of water and leadership training. Week one included a challenge course, team building exercises (i.e. playing board games!) as well as discussions on the history of water in Idaho, laws and regulations every water leader should know, public speaking and time management. If the off hours, class members even competed in an axe throwing tournament!

NWRA 2022 Leadership Forum and Annual Conference Recap

Congratulations to our 2022 Award and Recognition Program honorees.

Distinguished Service

Theodore C. Cooke

Tom Buschatzke

Ian Lyle

James W. Trull President’s Award

Craig Simpson

Patrick Sigl

Lifetime Achievement

Gary Esslinger

Rusty Jardine

Tom Knutson

Bill Plummer

Dave Roberts

Ernie Schank


Jerry Gladbach

Water Statesman

N.D. State Representative James E. Schmidt

Water Buffalo

Wade Noble

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