National water group taps Washington County’s Ron Thompson for leadership role

Ron Thompson, photo undated, St. George, Utah | Composite photo, Image of Ron Thompson courtesy of Washington County Water Conservancy District, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Ron Thompson, general manager of Washington County Water Conservancy District, is the new president of the National Water Resources Association (NWRA). He was elected to the post Nov. 16 at the association’s annual conference held in San Diego, California. His two-year term will commence Jan. 1, 2017.

As president, Thompson will work with the association’s board of directors and various committees to set the agenda and further advance the organization’s initiatives, influence and alliances.

Ron Thompson
Ron Thompson

NWRA is a national association that advocates federal policies, legislation and regulations promoting the protection, management, development and beneficial use of water resources.

Since its inception in 1932, its membership has strived to achieve a sustainable water supply for all beneficial users in an economical and environmentally responsible manner.

In addition to serving as president of NWRA, Thompson also serves in various capacities on other boards including the Utah Water Finance Agency, Colorado River Water Users Association, Utah Water Development Commission, St. George Washington Canal Company and St. George Valley Irrigation Company.

Past board appointments include president of the Utah Water Users Association, president of the Colorado River Water Users Association, vice president and chairman of the Resolutions Committee for NWRA, vice-chairman of the Utah Water Finance Agency and member of the Statewide Association of Prosecutors, Utah Association of Counties, State of Utah Drinking Water and the Utah Association of Special Districts. He was also the former Utah representative for the National Water Resources Endangered Species Task Force.

About Washington County Water Conservancy District

Washington County Water Conservancy District is a not-for-profit public agency established in 1962 to manage Southern Utah’s regional water needs. The district oversees the development, stabilization, management, acquisition and conservation of water resources in Washington County in an ongoing effort to provide a safe, reliable water supply for current and future generations.  Visit for more information.

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  • Bob November 20, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    u know, with the rate of growth and development here, if they want all these big green lawns and golf courses and parks, and more parks, it’ll get to a point where they’ll need that lake powell pipe. i still think the Washington County Water Conservancy District is corrupt and self-serving. They’ll find a way to make the pipe as expensive as possible and feed business to their cronies, but maybe that’s just how these type of projects are done everywhere…?

    • BIG GUY November 21, 2016 at 4:50 am

      All golf courses and parks in St. George are irrigated with secondary water. Secondary water is untreated, includes water from the exit pipes of the sewage treatment plant and is not potable. There are large lawns in the area, especially in older homes closer to city center but don’t blame parks or golf courses, including private ones.

      I oppose the pipeline but I am in favor of facts.

  • .... November 20, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    The right man for the right job !

  • wilbur November 20, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    Should be a good gig for him; he’s been bought and paid for before (IMHO).

  • Not_So_Much November 21, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Perhaps he’ll have less time to shove a mega dollar pipeline on area residents so developers can turn this into another ‘metropolitan’ hub.

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