Brent Hunter Leaves Water Board To Begin Church Service
Brent Hunter has spent the better part of fifty years working on water issues for the Cedar Valley. He has served on the District Board of Directors for the Central Iron County Water Conservancy District since May of 2005. This month, Hunter resigned his position on the District Board to begin missionary service for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Paul Monroe, General Manager for the Central Iron County Water Conservancy District said, “he cares deeply about our community and with strong vision has served selflessly on the board for eighteen years. He has helped the district accomplish amazing things during his tenure.”
Throughout the years, there have been great strides made in agricultural water optimization, and Cedar Valley is leading the way in those efforts, greatly influenced by Hunter. In the 1970s, he worked with the USDA Farm Service Agency to assist farmers in converting from flood irrigation to sprinkler systems. More recently in the past 5-years, he has allowed the latest technological advancements in irrigation research to be conducted by Utah State University at his farm.
In 2008, Hunter was appointed as chairman of the CICWCD Board, and has served in that capacity until stepping down this month. Under his leadership, the District has built infrastructure which supplies redundancy to Enoch City and Cedar City, as well as supplying subdivisions in the unincorporated county.
Just recently the District received a grant/loan combination for the District’s water improvement project that will include new wells, tanks, and additional waterlines to help prepare for future growth and continued coordination with local cities.
The creation of several local recharge projects began in 2017, under the direction of the District Board. Since that time, 6.5 billion gallons have been conserved and returned to the aquifer.
Hunter has lived a life of service, and has also served as board member for State Bank of Southern Utah, Northwest Field Irrigation Company, Coal Creek Irrigation Company, USDA Farm Service Agency, and Enterprise & Iron Soil Conservation District.
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