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NEWEF Names 2024 Scholarship Recipients

The North Dakota Water Education Foundation (NDWEF) has named Jayden Bondy of Petersburg, Aria Braaten of Hoople, Carter Schmitz of Christine, and Kara Siemieniewski of Ganeseo as the 2024 recipients of the Dushinske & Jamison Water Resources ScholarshipEach of these students wrote essays on the theme of “Your most vivid memory concerning water.” The NDWEF established the Dushinske & Jamison Water Resources Scholarship Endowment to honor Russell Dushinske and Warren Jamison for their outstanding service, leadership, and lifelong commitment to water development in North Dakota. See additional details here.

NWRA Visits Oregon Members

The week of May 26, NWRA Executive Vice President, Dale Nellor, was in Oregon traveling the state to visit NWRA and Oregon Water Resources Congress (OWRC) members and learn more about their districts and the issues top of mind for them. During his trip Dale visited the OWRC office, Rogue River Valley Irrigation District, Medford Irrigation District, Klamath Irrigation District, Central Oregon Irrigation District, Tumalo Irrigation District, Farmers Irrigation District, East Fork Irrigation District, and the Middle Fork Irrigation District. A big thank you to April Snell for coordinating the visits and we appreciate folks taking the time to show Dale around during a busy time of the year.

IWUA staff tour Owyhee Dam

In early May, Idaho Water Users Association (IWUA) staff took a field trip into neighboring Oregon to tour the Owyhee Dam. While there, they viewed its "morning-glory" spillway and checked out the dam's interior as they spiraled their way 130 underground to the depths of the power facility. Construction of Owyhee Dam was completed in 1932, and was the tallest dam in the world at that moment in history. You can learn more about the Owyhee Dam here.

North Dakota Water Tours

The North Dakota Water Users Association, in conjunction with its "North Dakota Water" partners is hosting a series of water related tours throughout the state during the months of June and July. First up is the From Pivots to Potatoes Tour that will be held on June 11. Thereafter is the Devils Lake Basin Tour on June 20, the Hidden Gems of the Northwest Tour on June 25, the Small but Mighty Tour on July 11, and the Quality Water in the Southwest Tour on July 31. For more information see the North Dakota Water events page.

Women In Water Scholarship 2024-2025 Application Cycle Now Open

The Women in Water Scholarship Fund, founded and managed by several water professionals affiliated with NWRA, encourages young women to pursue fulfilling careers developing, managing and conserving water. This annual scholarship has been increased to $7,500 annually by the WIW Board of Directors. It is awarded to a woman pursuing an undergraduate degree in preparation for a career in any element of water resources, including water law, communications, community and government relations, or engineering. View complete details and apply here.

Utah Water Users Hold Workshop

On March 18–20 the Utah Water Users Association held its annual Workshop in St. George, Utah with nearly 900 in attendance. The two plus day conference featured speakers that provided state agency updates and discussed topics such as water banking, emergency management response, microplastics, endangered species, watershed protection, the Great Salt Lake, and the Colorado River. NWRA Executive Vice President, Dale Nellor, provided an update on NWRA efforts and the latest policy activities on Capitol Hill during the opening general session.

Erin Wilson awarded prestigious 2024 Aspinall Award

The Colorado Water Congress awarded Erin Wilson, a life-long advocate of Colorado water issues, the 2024 Wayne N. Aspinall “Water Leader of the Year’ Award. The Aspinall Award is given annually in recognition of a career of service and contribution to Colorado’s water community. It is awarded to a person who has dedicated a significant part of his or her career to the advancement of the state and its programs to protect, develop and preserve the state’s water resources. See details here.


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