Coalition Formed To Represent North Platte Valley Irrigators

A new coalition has been formed to represent the interests of the Valley from the Wyoming-Nebraska stateline to Lake McConaughy. A new non-profit organization called the North Platte Valley Water Association integrates representation from North Platte Valley Irrigators Association and the North Platte Natural Resources District.

President Gerald Dillman of Mitchell says the mission of the group is to preserve, protect and promote water resources and irrigated agriculture in the North Platte Valley.

One of the target areas include state and federal legislation. The group has hired a government relations firm in Lincoln to monitor issues and interact with state senators in the Nebraska legislature.

The coalitions nine member board includes irrigators Mick Lookabill, Minatare, Steve Pitts, Lyman; and Rodney Schaneman, Melbeta and NRD directors Dave Deines, Gering; Gerald Dillman, Mitchell; and Pete Lapaseotes Jr., Bridgeport. Community representatives are LLoyd Harding, Bridgeport; Galen Larson, Gering and Mike Marker, Scottsbluff.

Board appointees include Dennis Strauch, Mitchell, secretary; Ron Cecek, treasurer, Steve Smith, Scottsbluff, legal counsel, and Mary Crawford, Alliance, is association coordinator.

Seated, from left: Steve Pitts, Dave Deines, Jerry Dillman, Galen Larson, Dennis Strauch. Standing, from left: Ron Cacek, Steve Smith, Mick Lookabill, Lloyd Harding, Rodney Schaneman, and Pete Lapaseotes. (Not pictured, Mike Marker).

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