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circular logo used by the East Columbia Basin Irrigation district with a canal full of water underneath a sun

We are pleased to announce the following staff changes:

  • Rod Barker has accepted the role as Othello Watermaster. He was awarded the position of Assistant Watermaster earlier this year. 
  • Kyle Carlson has accepted the position of the Othello Assistant Watermaster. He formerly served as an Othello Relief Rider.
  • Dan Sanders has been awarded a Othello Relief Rider position. He previously served as an Othello Ditchrider for the past 15.5 years.
  • Bobby Bischoff has accepted a new position as Special Projects Administrator, a new position to the District. This position is designed to plan, organize, direct, and supervise a variety of diverse projects throughout the District.
  • Caden Egbert, Canal Maintenance Othello, has accepted the Othello Ditchrider 527 position.
  • Shaun Meseberg has been hired as the new Communications Department Supervisor.
  • Ethan O’Neal has been hired as a new Staff Engineer.
  • Josh Hirz has been hired as a new Moses Lake Ditchrider.

The filing period is now open for the position of Director, Divisions 3 and 5. To serve as a Director, an individual must be a qualified voter within the Director Division he or she represents.

Interested candidates must file a Declaration of Candidacy Petition, signed by at least 10 qualified voters in the Division by 4:30PM on November 7, 2022. The election is December 13, 2022.

Candidacy petitions may be obtained by calling the East Columbia Basin Irrigation District office at (509) 488-9671 or visiting the office at 55 N. 8th, Othello.

Learn more at https://ecbid.org/board-of-directors/

Rosa Dekker

Rosa plans, organizes, coordinates, and controls accounting functions at the District, which includes cash management and operations, accounts payable, accounts receivable, treasury, general ledger, payroll, fixed assets, and revenue services. She also oversees many administrative functions of the District. In addition, she acts as Secretary in the absence of the Secretary-Manager. Rosa is a graduate of Central Washington University, having double majored in Accounting and Business Administration. She also holds a Masters in Accounting from Liberty University and is currently pursuing her CPA licensure. In addition, she serves on the Cities Insurance Association of Washington Board of Directors.

In her spare time, Rosa enjoys traveling, kayaking, playing volleyball, reading and camping.

54 Years of Faithful Service

This fountain is made from a split case centrifugal pump, which was installed by the United States Bureau of Reclamation in 1954 in Block 44 of the Columbia Basin Project.

It was one of several pumps installed at the Warden Pumping Plant, which pumps water from the East Low Canal into a canal that delivers irrigation water to 6,400 acres lying west and south of Warden, WA. The pump was driven by a 400 horsepower electric motor.

In operation the pump’s spinning impeller drew water up from a concrete sump below and discharged the water into a pipeline leading to a canal above.

In 2008 the East Columbia Basin Irrigation District removed this pump after 54 years of faithful service. The District rebuilt the Warden Pumping Plant as part of the District’s Pump Modernization Plan.

Saved from the scrapyard, the pump now serves as a reminder of the post-World War II American spirit and engineering that fueled construction of the Columbia Basin Project.
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