The year 2010 marked the 60th anniversary of the Lower Tule River Irrigation District and the year 2008 marked the 50th anniversary of the Pixley Irrigation District. No one can truly say that we have been founded and molded by generations of families and farms. The different generations saw changing times and events, but in one way or another are all responsible for the success of our districts.
The founding fathers of the districts will recount landowner meetings where the merits of an irrigation district were literally cussed and discussed. Once the districts were formed, the work began to construct a water system that remains today. Throughout the years, the different generations fought to protect their water supply, all the while enhancing the districts and a way of life.
These events carry with them stories, handed down for generations, all of which have a historical basis.
Eric Limas, General Manager
Mike Battles, Operations Manager
Dan Vink, Senior Policy Advisor
Raul Perez, GIS Specialist / Systems Analyst
David Schott, Safety Coordinator
Kenny Phelps, Water Resources Superintendent
Jack Lopez , Field Superintendent (LTRID)
Kirk Masters, Field Superintendent (Pixley)
Jarno Mayes, Accounting / Office Supervisor
Beth Grote-Lewis, Accounting Assistant / Assessor / Collector
Sandra Young, Accounting Assistant
Nancy Soto, Administrative Assistant
Marissa Hardcastle, Receptionist
As one of the largest irrigation districts in the State of California, Lower Tule River’s influence and responsibilities extend far beyond its district boundaries.
The Lower Tule River Irrigation District has always played an active role in local, state and national water issues and it is recognized accordingly. The Lower Tule River Irrigation District has a long history of working with its neighbors in good times and in bad and is known for its progressive nature in all facets of its business.
Facilitated by a five-person board of directors, the Lower Tule River Irrigation District serves Deer Creek, Tule River Authority, Poplar Ditch Company, Pioneer Water Company and large dairy industries within the district. The district covers over 104,000 acres and has over 150 miles of canals and rivers.
The water supply for the Lower Tule River Irrigation District is drawn from 400,000 acre-feet from Tule River: 300,000 acre-feet of the Friant-Kern Canal; and 31,000 acre-feet from Cross Valley Canal.
The Pixley Irrigation District has always played an active role in local, state and national water issues and it is recognized accordingly. The Pixley Irrigation District has a long history of working with its neighbors in good times and in bad, and is known for its progressive nature in all facets of its business.
Facilitated by a five-person board of directors, the Pixley Irrigation District serves many landowners and large dairy industries within the district. The district covers over 69,500 acres and has over 67 miles of canals and rivers.
The water supply for the Pixley Irrigation District is drawn from 31,200 acre-feet from the Cross Valley Canal.
The Lower Tule River & Pixley Irrigation Districts main office is located in Tipton, California, with shop offices in Pixley and Woodville, California as well.
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