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The WSWRA 2016 Annual Conference will be held at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane, WA, November 30 - December 2, 2016.

Honoring the Life of Jim Trull

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) spoke on the House floor to honor the life of Jim Trull of Grandview, WA who passed away on January 16th at the age of 69. Jim Trull was the longtime irrigation director of the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District and a respected leader in the Lower Valley.

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Friends, colleagues mourn Jim Trull, who helped resolved Yakima Valley water issues

Jim Trull, longtime manager of the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District and a leader who helped usher in an unprecedented era of collaboration on Yakima Valley water issues, died Saturday.

Trull, 69, was praised as a quiet leader and a statesman who enjoyed working with others as he led efforts to conserve and improve water quality in the Lower Valley, while also representing the irrigation industry on the state and national level for decades.

“It’s hard to put into words, but Jim was the kind of person that when he was in the room, you knew he was a leader and what he had to say mattered,” said Tom Myrum, executive director of the Washington State Water Resource Association. “On a personal note, he was very friendly and always willing to help — perhaps too willing to help given everything he was involved in.”

In addition to managing the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District, SVID, for 34 years, Trull was serving on the committee seeking solutions for nitrates in the Lower Valley’s groundwater, the workgroup supporting the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan and as a board member for the state and national Water Resources Associations.

Read entire article HERE.

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Vice President - Scott Revell

National Director - Larry Martin

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Agenda for WSWRA Board of Directors

meeting at 10:00 am, November 9, 2016, at Yakima-Tieton Irrigation District in Yakima can be found HERE.

Remembering James W.  Trull

Jim Trull is a native of the Yakima Valley. After earning a degree in

Agricultural Engineering from Washington State University,  he started

his career working 6 years at the Quincy-Columbia Basin Irrigation

District as District Engineer, then 6 years as District Manager of

Consolidated Irrigation District in the Spokane Valley before assuming

his current position as Manager of the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District

in 1982.

During Jim’s time as Manager at SVID the district has completed a merger

with 5 irrigation districts and 10 drainage districts becoming the Sunnyside

Division. The SVID also completed 30 years of water rights adjudication

successfully. SVID formed a Board of Joint Control with the Roza Irrigation

District to push forward on water conservation, water quality and jointly

managed safety and IT programs. The SVID dramatically moved forward

on conservation with their Sunnyside Canal Improvement Program. The

district has spent over $100M to build 3 reregulation reservoirs, 30 canal

check structures, a SCADA system of control and over 100 miles of lateral piping. 

Jim has been active in local, state, and national organizations. He is currently Chairman of the Irrigated Ag Workgroup for the Lower Yakima Valley Groundwater Management Area, and Chairman of the Water Supply Task Force on the Federal Affairs Committee of the National Water Resources Association.

He was elected to the Board of Directors of the State Association of Washington Irrigation Districts in 1977. In 1979 he was elected President and worked that year to merge that organization with the Washington State Reclamation Association. That effort was successful and in 1980 he served as the first president of the newly formed Washington State Water Resources Association. He was awarded the Leadership Award by this organization in 1997.

In 1984 Jim was elected to the National Water Resources Board of Directors and he has served continuously since missing only 3 meetings in the period. In 1989-1990 he served as President of NWRA. During Jim’s tenure as President NWRA hired an additional government relations specialist signaling the beginning of an expansion of NWRA’s influence in Washington, D.C.

In 2008 the Bureau of Reclamation presented Jim with the John Keys Partnership Award for his work in building partnerships and strengthening relationships. In 2009 the National Water Resources Association awarded him Life Membership status for 25 years of service on the Board of Directors. In 2011 NWRA presented him with the John Sayre Leadership Award and last year he received the President’s Award for service to the national organization.

Jim has been active in his community as well. He was a member of the Sunnyside Community Hospital Board of Directors for 22 years, twice serving as its President. He is a member of the Sunnyside Rotary Club where he has also twice served as President.

He is the proud husband to his wife Gwyn, father to three sons and a daughter, and grandfather to nine grandchildren.

2015 Annual Conference page updated with presentations and biographies HERE.

The 2016 WSWRA 71st Annual Conference

Thank you to all who attended the 2016 WSWRA 71st Annual Conference.

James “Jim” Willis Trull

                                                          James “Jim” Willis Trull, 69, of Grandview passed away peacefully at his home

                                                          Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016. He leaves his friends and family with many years of love and

                                                          precious memories.

                                                          Jim was born May 4, 1946, to James and Lola (House) Trull in Yakima.

                                                         He graduated from Granger High School in 1964. Upon graduation, he married Judy

                                                         Elenbaas. Together, they had four children. He continued his education at Washington

                                                         State University, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering in


                                                         After earning his degree, he started his career working at the Quincy-Columbia Basin

                                                         Irrigation District as a district engineer for six years, and then, as district manager of

                                                         Consolidated Irrigation District in the Spokane Valley for six years, before assuming

                                                         his current position as manager of the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District in 1982.

Jim was active in many local, state and national organizations. At the time of his passing, he was the chairman of the Irrigated Agriculture workgroup for the Lower Yakima Valley Groundwater Management area and the chairman of the Water Supply Task Force on the Federal Affairs Committee of the National Water Resources Association. He had also served on the Board of Directors for both the Washington State and National Water Resources Association. His many awards include the Washington State Water Resource Association Leadership Award, the John Keys Partnership Award from the Bureau of Reclamation, Life Membership Status from the National Water Resource Association, the John Sayre Leadership Award from the NWRA and the President’s Award from the NWRA. Most recently, he was awarded the Legacy Award from the Washington State Resources Association, with his entire family present for the special event.

Find complete obituary HERE.