Water series to explore history of agriculture, irrigation

The Clallam County League of Women Voters host the fifth lecture in the “Story of Water: Dungeness Watershed” series from 6:30-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the Sequim City Council chambers, 152 W. Cedar St.

The presentation, titled “Irrigators and Protectors: Rights and Conservation Actions Exercised by Our Farmers,” details the history of agriculture and irrigation in the area, and environmental challenges irrigators have faced and their responses.

Featured speakers are Joe Holtrop, Executive Director of the Clallam Conservation District, and Ben Smith of Maple View Dairy Farm, president of Sequim-Dungeness Irrigation Water Users Association and a conservation district board member.

Attendees are welcome to ask pertinent questions following the lecture.

Following the lecture, the “Story of Water” introductory film will be shown for those wishing to stay. “From Source to Sea: Dungeness Watershed” is a 20-minute film highlighting the beauty and dynamics of the Dungeness Watershed and the challenges for the community. Questions will be welcomed.

All films and lectures listed are free and open to the public. For more details about the lecture series and links to video of past lectures, visit www.lwvcla.org/story-water.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization whose purpose is “to promote the informed and active participation of citizens in government.”

For more about the league, see www.lwvcla.org or email to hullc892@gmail.com.

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