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East Columbia Basin Irrigation District (ECBID) Secretary-Manager Craig Simpson and Assistant Manager for Technical Services Nate Andreini recently attended the Western Water Seminar, hosted by the National Water Resources Association.

The event was held August 1-3 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, Simpson and Andreini heard from a variety of speakers, including the state’s Lieutenant Governor, and had the opportunity to participate in a North Dakota Water Tour hosted by the North Dakota Water Users Association.

“We appreciate the opportunity to network with our colleagues from across the country. Even though we represent different regions, many of the issues we face are similar and it’s helpful to glean best practices from such a diverse group,” explained Craig Simpson, Secretary-Manager of the East Columbia Basin Irrigation District.

The NWRA is a nonprofit federation of agricultural and municipal water providers, state associations, and individuals dedicated to the conservation, enhancement, and efficient management of the nation’s most important natural resource: water. Access to water is a fundamental necessity for life, a cornerstone of civilization and the key to economic stability, growth and prosperity. For more than 80 years, members of the NWRA have been providing clean water to families, farms, businesses, and communities. NWRA members are actively engaged in addressing the water supply challenges posed by population growth and continued drought in the western United States.

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 4,500landowners within the federal Columbia Basin Project. Additionally, the District is involved in the development of87,000 acres associated with OGWRP. The District provides a reliable supply of water that irrigates the cropland that produces food shipped domestically and internationally.
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