About Us

Pioneering the path to irrigation modernization

Our Approach

Water management solutions that benefit the common good

Farmers Conservation Alliance is a 501c3 nonprofit social enterprise. In partnership with rural communities, we are tirelessly in pursuit of water management solutions that benefit both agriculture and the environment.

FCA began in 2005 when the Farmers Irrigation District of Hood River, Oregon, licensed the Farmers Screen™ technology to FCA under the condition that we take the Farmers Screen™ to market, address institutional barriers to fish screens, and invest profits into other technologies and solutions that benefit both the environment and agriculture.

Along the way, we realized that the highest measure of mutual benefit would be to achieve agricultural resiliency. Achieving such a goal meant taking on the complete modernization of our failing irrigation infrastructure.

FCA is in the unique position to help realize that formidable goal. We have amassed trusted relationships through our hands-on, solutions-oriented approach with farmers and rural communities. Those relationships have built a deep understanding of the challenges and benefits associated with the process of irrigation modernization.

Our Irrigation Modernization Program creates a path forward for irrigation districts to upgrade their infrastructure, saving water and operating costs, while restoring streams, protecting fish, and generating green, renewable energy.

Our Team

With a diverse set of backgrounds, our team’s strength lies in its ability to handle all aspects of supporting modernization: technical, engineering, renewable energy, project management, operations, community outreach, communications, funding,
and implementation.

  • Julie Davies O'Shea

    Executive Director

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  • Kristin Alligood

    IMP Project Staff

  • Mattie Bossler

    Water Resources Engineer

  • Preston Brown

    IMP Project Manager

  • Jerry Bryan

    Irrigation Advisor

  • Raija Bushnell

    IMP Project Staff

  • Brett Golden

    Director Of Impact

  • Stephanie Halici

    Operations Specialist

  • Kate Hart

    IMP Project Staff

  • Margi Hoffman

    Community Relations Director

  • Alan Horton

    Program Development Consultant

  • Marla Keethler

    Communications Director

  • Dan Kleinsmith

    Farmers Screen Project Manager

  • Stacy Lowery

    Director of Operations

  • Scott Mccaulou

    Project Manager Consultant

  • David Mckay

    Hydrologist

  • Matt Melchiorsen

    IMP Project Staff

  • Garrett Miller

    GIS Specialist

  • Amanda Schroeder

    IMP Project Staff

  • Lisa Seales

    IMP Project Staff

  • Roy Slayton

    Farmers Screen Outreach/Development

  • Alexis Vaivoda

    Watershed Planning Project Manager

Our Board

  • TIM ANNALA

    Farmer

  • FRITZ VON LUBKEN

    Farmer

  • PATRICK MALONEY

    Social Impact Investor

  • MAUI MEYER

    Small Business Owner

Irrigation Advisors

  • Mark Thalacker

    Three Sisters Irrigation District

    Sisters, Oregon

  • jer camarata

    Swalley Irrigation District

    Bend, Oregon

  • Les Perkins

    Famers Irrigation District

    Hood River, Oregon

  • jerry bryan

    Farmers Irrigation District (ret.)

    Hood River, Oregon

  • dan kleinsmith

    FCA (formerly with Famers Irrigation District)

    Hood River, Oregon


Interested in our work?

We spend a lot of our time out and about, talking to people, looking for solutions. Then we come back to put that knowledge into action. If you’re interested in joining our team, please check out our job openings.

Join Our Team

Partners

  • Black Rock Consulting

  • Bonneville Environmental Foundation

  • Community Renewable Energy Association

  • Energy Trust of Oregon

  • Family Farm Alliance

  • Highland Economics

  • NLine Energy, Inc.

  • Oregon Water Resources Congress

  • Wallowa Lake Resources