Duane DeKrey, Garrison Diversion General Manager
Jay Anderson, Ransom County Director
Duane DeKrey and Jay Anderson, Water Wheel Award Winners
ND Water - January 2020
By Kimberly Cook
Water workers throughout North Dakota are immensely dedicated to their cause. At the Annual North
Dakota Water Convention, several awards are distributed each year to honor deserving water stewards.
This year, at the 56th annual convention, two Garrison Diversion Conservancy District (Garrison
Diversion) associates were presented with the North Dakota Water Wheel award for their long commitment
and strong determination to improve water quality and reliability for citizens across the state.
Duane DeKrey has been with Garrison Diversion since 2014, serving in the capacity of general manager since 2015. As general manager of Garrison Diversion, Duane oversees many valuable initiatives in the organization, including irrigation development, MR&I water supply and the Red River Valley Water Supply Project (RRVWSP).
Duane works persistently to achieve Garrison Diversion’s mission to provide a reliable, high quality and affordable water supply to the people of North Dakota.
Under his direction, the RRVWSP has advanced into final design stages and will soon begin construction. Irrigation development along the McClusky Canal is thriving, and Garrison Diversion continues to advocate for federal MR&I funding to bring drinking water to homes, businesses and farms in North Dakota communities.
On state and national levels, he tirelessly advocates for the RRVWSP, which is a critical emergency water supply project
that will reach nearly 50 percent of North Dakota’s population once completed.
Duane brings political strengths to the district from his many years of work with local, state and federal government officials and agencies, including 20 years as a state legislator.
In addition to Garrison Diversion, Duane is the secretary/treasurer of the Lake Agassiz Water Authority, an organization
representing local city and rural water systems in the RRVWSP. He also serves as the North Dakota representative on the National Water Resources Association Board of Directors and is a member of the Ground Water Management Association on behalf of Garrison Diversion.
JAY ANDERSON, RANSOM COUNTY
Jay Anderson has been a long-time advocate for water development in North Dakota, serving on the Southeast Water Users Board of Directors since 2006, where he is also past president. Prior to Southeast Water Users, Jay served the Ransom-Sargent Rural Water Board from 1994 to 2006.
Since 2013, Jay has represented Ransom County on the Garrison Diversion Board of Directors. He is a member of Garrison Diversion’s Executive Committee and chairs the Red River Valley Committee, fully supporting the mission to provide a reliable, high quality and affordable water supply to the people of North Dakota.
As chairman of the Red River Valley Committee, Jay has dedicated countless hours to the Red River Valley Water
Supply Project because he recognizes the future of North Dakota lies in the availability of quality drinking water within our state. The critical water supply project will reach nearly 50 percent of North Dakota’s population once complete.
In a recent conversation with Jay, he said he continues his extensive involvement with Garrison Diversion because he wants to make a difference. “I hope that people understand the importance of dealing with water issues such as availability and quality of water and the economic feasibility of it. I hope people can look back and say my involvement was important and that I made a difference!”
Congratulations, Duane and Jay, from all of us at Garrison Diversion!