Reclamation Commissioner John Keys to Recognize Farmers Irrigation District for Water 2025 Challenge Grant Award

Media Contact: Diana Cross, (208) 378-5020
Jonne Hower, (208) 378-5101

For Release: October 15, 2004

Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner John Keys will be in Hood River, Ore., on Wednesday, October 20, to participate in an event recognizing the award of a Water 2025 Challenge Grant to Farmers Irrigation District.

Who: Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner John Keys Jerry Bryan, Farmers Irrigation District Manager

What: Commissioner Keys will recognize Farmers Irrigation District's $300,000 Water 2025 Challenge Grant award.

When: Wednesday, October 20, 9:30 a.m.

Where: The event will take place at Farmers Irrigation District Office, 1985 Country Club Road, Hood River, Oregon (driving directions below)

Why: The grant will help Farmers Irrigation District implement water conservation and efficiency improvement projects on their water delivery systems. The Farmers Irrigation District received a grant of $300,000 which will enable them to keep from 1,500-3,500 acre-feet of water in-stream, benefiting fish and wildlife.

Radio producers: Advance actualities will be available Monday, October 18. Contact Dave Walsh at for an emailed copy.

Driving directions: From I-84, take exit 62 and go south to Country Club Road. Go right (west) onto Country Club Road and follow it approximately 3 miles to the first stop sign. Go right (west) at the stop sign, still on Country Club Road. Follow Country Club Road approximately 3 more miles. The Farmers Irrigation District office is approximately ¼ miles south past County Club Golf Course, on the left, down a gravel driveway. The address is 1985 Country Club Road.

The Water 2025 Challenge Grants – administered by the Bureau of Reclamation – provide local irrigation districts throughout the West with matching funds to support a variety of projects to make more efficient use of existing water supplies through water conservation, efficiency, and water market projects.

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