Duane DeKrey honored with 2 awards at Joint North Dakota Water Convention

He received the Riverman Award and the Oarsman Award.

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Duane DeKrey received the Riverman Award and Oarsman Award at the 58th annual Joint North Dakota Water Convention. Contributed / North Dakota Water

Garrison Diversion Conservancy District General Manager Duane DeKrey of Pettibone was presented with two awards recognizing his years of service to water resource management in North Dakota at the 58th annual Joint North Dakota Water Convention.

DeKrey was presented with the Missouri River Joint Board’s Riverman Award and the Upper Sheyenne’s Oarsman Award. The Riverman Award is given in appreciation for a lifetime of leadership, resource management and water development in the Missouri River Corridor. The Oarsman Award goes to individuals whose efforts support the board’s mission of managing the basin’s water for the benefit of citizens.

DeKrey was named Garrison Diversion general manager on Jan. 1, 2015. He oversees a staff of 29 and reports directly to a 28-member board of directors. Garrison Diversion has an annual budget of $46 million. Prior to Garrison Diversion, DeKrey served as the deputy director of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

He has served 10 sessions in the North Dakota Legislature, serving on the House Natural Resources Committee and Judiciary Committee, which he chaired for seven sessions. DeKrey attended North Dakota State University, majoring in agriculture education with minors in military science and general science. He is a retired North Dakota National Guard member.

DeKrey is secretary/treasurer of the Lake Agassiz Water Authority and also serves as the North Dakota representative on the National Water Resources Association Board of Directors.

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