Suzanne Butterfield has been the District Manager since
June, 2009. She came from a career in water management in
California where she held management positions with the
CA Department of Water Resources and was the Manager of
Solano Irrigation District in Vacaville, CA.
Suzanne’s experience includes managing
drinking water systems (surface and groundwater) in two
cities, and irrigation water to 50,000 farm acres in Solano
Suzanne earned a Bachelors Degree from
the University of California, Davis in 1973 in Environmental
Planning and Management. She was a City Councilmember in
the City of Dixon, CA from 1990-1994.
She and her husband moved to Bend in July
MANAGER, KATHY FERGUSON
Kathy is the office Manager. She has 15 years experience in
office procedures. Kathy is responsible for accounts payable
and receivables, transfer of water rights and works with new
water district customers. She is the first person customers
contact at Swalley. She has GIS experence with maps of your
property and water rights, as well as other information about
Kathy and husband Clay have two grown children, Diana and
Kenneth, and 4 grandchildren, DiNae, Dylon, Kaylee and Garrett.
OPERATIONS, KARL CONKLIN
Field Operations Manager Karl has lived on the family's
farmstead nearTumalo, here in our district, since 1986.
As Field Operations Manager, he provides field review of
subdivision proposals, helps develop capital projects for
the district, manages planning and maintenance on district
infrastructure, and also is responsible for delivery to
part of the district water users.
and his wife Kim have a grown son, Kyle. Karl is a native
Oregonian and completed courses in business and computer
science at OSU. He has a background that includes 12 years
as a business owner and 7 years in construction and construction
management. He has irrigated his own farm here in the district.
RIDER, KELLY LOHMAN
Kelly has lived in Central Oregon since 1980, and raised four
children in the process. Kelly has 16 years of irrigation
experience, 12 years with COID and 4 years subcontract work
for COID ditch maintenance.
Kelly very much enjoyed last irrigation season, getting to
know the patrons and taking care of their water needs. Kelly
looks forward to a successful irrigation season next year.
64672 Cook Avenue, Suite 1 (Tumalo),
Bend, OR 97701
Swalley Irrigation District was organized as the Deschutes
Reclamation and Irrigation Company (DRIC) in 1899.
The original homestead site
still exists today. Much of the city of Bend was originally
a part of the boundaries of the DRIC. The DRIC was settled
under the federal "Carey Act" and the Right-of-Way Act of
1891 (see document references in the "easements" section.)
In 1994 the shareholders
of the DRIC voted to incorporate as an irrigation district
and took the name of Swalley Irrigation District.
The district is in the process
of documenting the history back to 1899 and will post additional
items as the history progresses.
Eight families formed Deschutes Reclamation and Irrigation
Company in 1899. They came here to homestead and formed
the first irrigation project on the Deschutes River. Two
of the families were G.W. and Charles Swalley. One of
the Swalley's turned out to be the "boss" in building
the flumes that carried the water. Later a county road
was named Swalley Road, this was near his homestead. As
the years went on the Company was known as Swalley Water.
In 1994 we became a district and changed the name from
Deschutes Reclamation and Irrigation Company to Swalley
Irrigation District. We really do not have much history
on the original families, except their names. There were
two generations of Swalleys, then they sold out or married
so the names changed. Note: Andy & Cheryl Tillman live
on the original Swalley homestead developed by Ed Monroe
in 1904, which is located at 20510 Swalley Road.
AND REGULATIONS OF 1907 [This
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