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State Associations and Membership Types

Membership in the National Water Resources Association (NWRA) is generally achieved through the state water resource organizations operating in the West that have agreed to affiliate with NWRA .  The organizations listed below are NWRA's current state association members. Any individual, professional services firm, or water provider that is a member of one of these state associations, is by extension, a member of NWRA.  

The state water resource organizations are assessed dues, based on the state’s population.  Each state organization has seats on the NWRA Board of Directors, the number of which is also based on state demographics.

Under NWRA's bylaws, in states where a state association has not chosen to become a member of NWRA through affiliation, such states are designated as "open states" meaning that individuals, professional services firms or water providers may join the association as Open State Members.

NWRA also offers the opportunity for Associate Membership, allowing water sector oriented businesses to participate in and support the association's policies and pursuits.

This unique format provides for a large and very diverse membership which provides NWRA with information and feedback related to each member's water experiences and activities.

The input provided by members is often funneled through one of many member Task Forces or through the Groundwater, Industry, Irrigation, or Municipal Caucuses, where participants narrow their focus on specific aspects of water policy, including hydropower, groundwater, water supply and more.

NWRA also has several committees that focus on operational and policy matters. The largest and most active is the Federal Affairs Committee, which meets monthly to discuss how the association pro-actively leads on Western water resource development, management, conservation and education.   The committee also monitors legislative and regulatory initiatives which impact members, and advocates accordingly.

State Associations


Agri-Business & Water Council of Arizona

Chris Udall, Executive Director
4455 East Broadway Road, Suite 102
Mesa, AZ 85206

Sandy Fabritz, Industry Caucus

Robert Johnson, Board Member, Honorary

Wade Noble, Board Member

N. W. "Bill" Plummer, Board Member

Leslie Meyers, Board Member

Meghan Scott, Irrigation Caucus

Chris Udall, State Executives Council


Colorado Colorado Water Congress

Doug Kemper, Executive Director

1580 Logan, Suite 700

Denver, CO 80203


Andrew  J. Colosimo, Board Member

Zane Kessler, Board Member

Kathy Kitzmann, Board Member

Christine Arbogast, Federal Affairs Chair

Doug Kemper, State Executives Council


Idaho Water Users Association

Paul Arrington, Executive Director and General Counsel

101 S Capitol Boulevard, Suite 305

Boise, ID 83702


Aaron Dalling, Board Member

Dan Davidson, Board Member

Paul Arrington, State Executives Council

Norm Semanko, Past President/Executive Committee


Kansas Water Congress

David A. Brenn, Board President

212 SW 8th Avenue, Suite 201

Topeka, KS 66603


Randy Hayzlett, Board Member

Clay Scott, Board Member

Mark Rude, Groundwater Caucus


Montana Water Resources Association

Mike Murphy, Executive Director

PO Box 4927

Helena, MT 59604


Scott Aspenlieder, Board Member

Mike Murphy, Board Member


Nebraska Water Resources Association

Scott Merritt, Executive Director

8700 Executive Woods Drive, Suite 308

Lincoln, NE 68512-9612


Russ Calan, Board Member

Jasper Fanning, Board Member


Truckee Carson Irrigation District

Benjamin Shawcroft, General Manager-Serves as Nevada's State Executive

2666 Harrigan Road
Fallon, NV 89406

Benjamin Shawcroft, Board Member

Angela K. Slaughter, Board Member

New Mexico

New Mexico Water Resource Association

Samantha Barncastle with EBID serves as the State Executive

530 S Melendres

Las Cruces, NM 88005


Samantha Barncastle, Board Member

Steven Hernandez, Board Member

Aron Balok, Groundwater Caucus

Eluid Martinez, Board Member, Honorary

North Dakota

North Dakota Water Users Association

Dani Quissell, Executive Vice President

PO Box 2254

Bismarck, ND 58502


Dani Quissell, Board Member

Andrea Travnicek, Board Member


Oregon Water Resources Congress

April Snell, Executive Director

795 Winter Street NE

Salem, OR 97301


David Filippi, Board Member

April Snell, Board Member


Utah Water Users Association

Carly Burton, Executive Director

5047 South Galleria Drive, Suite 210

Murray, UT 84123


Gene Shawcroft, Board Member

Zach Renstrom, Board Member

Scott Paxman, Municipal Caucus


Washington State Water Resources Association

John Stuhlmiller, Executive Director

626 Columbia Street NW, Suite 2-D

Olympia, WA 98501


Larry Martin, Board Member

Craig Simpson, Board Member

John Stuhlmiller, Board Member

Chuck Freeman, Irrigation Caucus 

James Ziglar, Board Member, Honorary

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