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NWRA Holds Western Water Seminar

This week the NWRA Western Water Seminar was held in Medora, North Dakota. 

With the Theodore Roosevelt National Park as a backdrop, conference attendees had the opportunity to exchange ideas, learn, network, and enjoy the fellowship of colleagues.

In addition to participating in caucus and committee meetings, attendees heard from a great lineup of speakers and had the opportunity to participate in a North Dakota Water Tour hosted by the North Dakota Water Users Association.

Thank you to all who attended and particularly to our wonderful North Dakota Water User Association hosts!

Arkansas Valley Conduit Update

The Bureau of Reclamation and its state and local partners held a groundbreaking ceremony in Pueblo, Colorado on April 28 for the Arkansas Valley Conduit. 

As of August 3, the first pipe sections of the 130-Mike Arkansas Valley Conduit in southeastern Colorado have now been placed in the ground.   The project will deliver safe drinking water to more than 50,000 people.  The Bureau of Reclamation recently awarded $100 million from the bipartisan infrastructure bill to the project following a $60 million award in 2022.

NWRA Holds 2023 Policy Conference

More than one hundred participants attended the NWRA Policy Conference in Washington, DC April 17–19 to hear from policy experts and meet with federal officials on topics important to the water community. The event kicked-off with a welcome reception on the evening of April 17, followed by speaker sessions the following two mornings. Throughout the three days, NWRA members crisscrossed Washington, DC meeting with their congressional delegations, congressional committee staff, and federal agency officials. During the two speaker sessions topics including cybersecurity, the farm bill, food safety, appropriations, and infrastructure funding were discussed. Attendees also received updates on the latest activities and priorities at the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. We wish to thank everyone for making the trip to Washington and making the conference a huge success! Please be sure to mark your calendars for next year’s NWRA Policy Conference scheduled for April 8–10, 2024

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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