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Othello, WA.- The East Columbia Basin Irrigation District has announced the following staff changes and additions:

  • Alex Torres has moved from Moses Lake Ditchrider to Moses Lake Relief Rider
  • Carlos Hernandez has moved from Othello Ditchrider to Othello Relief Rider
  • Caden Egbert has moved from Othello Canal Maintenance to Othello Ditchrider
  • Josh Hirz has moved from Moses Lake Ditchrider to Moses Lake Relief Rider

In addition, the District has hired Chance Melgren for the role of Othello Canal Maintenance and Tylor Phelps as
Communications Technician.

“I am pleased to add the two new members to our team and support advancement of our existing team
members. As we gear up for our 2023 season, I’m certain that this will allow us to effectively and
efficiently provide reliable irrigation water to landowners,” explained District Secretary-Manager Craig
Simpson.

Located in central Washington State, the East Columbia Basin Irrigation District is the largest district in
the state, with authorization to irrigate 472,000 acres. Currently, 169,000 acres are developed and
managed by 4,500 landowners within the federal Columbia Basin Project. Additionally, the District is
involved in the development of 87,000 acres associated with the Odessa Groundwater Replacement
Program (OGWRP). The District provides a reliable supply of water which irrigates cropland that
produces food shipped domestically and internationally.

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