Klamath Water Users Association Executive Director Scott White has notified the KWUA Board of Directors of his decision to resign from the position. Scott has performed in the job since February 2016 and guided the organization through difficult times.
“Scott was the right person at the right time,” said KWUA President Brad Kirby. “We’re united and stronger than we were when Scott arrived.” The past few years have included very dry conditions, litigation, an injunction, and a challenging situation for all Klamath Project farmers.
Rob Unruh, a Shasta View Irrigation District farmer that served as KWUA President when Scott was hired, said “This is a tough job and it has been a very tough year. Probably no one is shocked to see Scott make this change, but we are grateful for all that he has done.”
Kirby said that the organization will begin a search to fill Scott’s position immediately.
“We intend to act promptly and carefully to try to fill Scott’s shoes, while wishing him all the best.” In the meantime, KWUA attorney Paul Simmons will serve as interim executive director, according to Kirby.
KWUA is a non-profit private corporation that has represented Klamath Reclamation Project farmers and ranchers in its current form since 1953. The Association’s membership includes rural and suburban irrigation districts, other public and private entities and individuals who operate on both sides of the California-Oregon border. These entities and individuals typically hold water delivery contracts with the United States Bureau of Reclamation.
The Klamath Project is home to over 1200 family farms and ranches and encompasses over 170,000 acres.
KWUA is governed by an 11-member board of directors who are appointed from Klamath Project member districts.
Whites last day in office will be November 30th.
Press release provided from the Klamath Water Users Association.