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Gonzalez holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Idaho and is a professionally licensed engineer in Washington State.

He is certified with the International Code Council (ICC) and designated as a Master of Special Inspections, which includes reinforced concrete, masonry, structural steel and bolts, and structural welding. He joined the District in March of 2023.

A long-time resident of Moses Lake and graduate of Moses Lake High School, Gonzalez has spent the past nine years working for Western Pacific Engineering and Survey in Moses Lake. With a background in geotechnical engineering, he served as the materials lab supervisor and as a lab/field technician supervisor.

“We’re thrilled to add Julio’s deep and varied experience to our team at the District and appreciate his local connections to the area we serve,” explained District Secretary-Manager Craig Simpson.

Outside of work, Gonzalez enjoys spending quality time with his family, including visiting parks, hosting BBQs, and traveling. 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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