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During the August Board meeting, the Board recognized Rosa Dekker for her 10 years of service. Dekker serves as the Treasurer/Assistant Manager for Administration.

During the September meeting, the Board recognized Othello Assistant Watermaster Carlos Hernandez, and Moses Lake Watermaster Gary Whitaker, who have each served the District for 10 years.

Dekker is a graduate of Central Washington University, where she double majored in Accounting and Business Administration. She also holds a Masters in Accounting and has been working toward her CPA licensure. She is also a member of the current AgForestry Leadership cohort, which is a statewide program focused on developing adult leaders in natural resources.

Hernandez is a 2005 graduate of Warden High School, who also attended the University of Idaho. He previously served the District as a ditchrider and assumed the Assistant Watermaster role in March. Whitaker is a Moses Lake native, where he was raised on the family farm. He is a graduate of Moses Lake High School and Big Bend Community College.

“We’re very fortunate to have these three individuals who have been dedicated to serving landowner needs for the past 10 years. We are proud of their dedication,” explained Board President Duaine Anderson.

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 OGWRP. The District provides a reliable supply of water that irrigates the cropland that produces food shipped domestically and internationally.
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