‘Future irrigators’ learn about valley irrigation

The Bitter Root Water Forum (BRWF) recently organized a day-long tour of Bitterroot irrigation structures and systems — including Lake Como, several feeder ditches, fish conservation structures, and private land examples — for Future Farmers of America (FFA) students in the Bitterroot Valley.

On, Thursday, May 22, FFA students from Stevensville embarked on a unique field trip led by the Bitter Root Water Forum (BRWF). Now in its third year, the “Future Irrigators of the Bitterroot” Field Trip is part of an ongoing effort of BRWF to increase youth access to watershed education. A wide variety of water-related professionals volunteered to speak at four different stops throughout the daylong event.

“It is a great learning experience,” said Katie Vennie, the Big Sky Watershed Corps member for BRWF. “We travel through the valley like water does. Starting at Lake Como, we continue to make our way downstream stopping at diversions and fish screens until we reach irrigated fields. The ‘Future Irrigators of the Bitterroot’ Field Trip gives the students a complete view of water’s role in agriculture in the valley.”

Read the complete article in the Bitterroot Star.

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