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Over 70 Years of Representing the Farmers and Ranchers of Klamath Project

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Gailey named to KWUA Leadership Team

Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA) is proud to announce Brian  Gailey has joined the team as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations.  

“Gailey is a perfect fit for the organization, and he will hit the ground running,” said Paul Simmons,  KWUA Executive Director. “We conducted an extensive search, and there were great candidates, but we  happily found our person at home.” 

For the past sixteen years, Gailey has been an entrepreneur, owning and operating various businesses.  Over the last six years, he has been the Owner and Publisher of Klamath Falls News.  

Gailey began his career in journalism in 2007 as a photojournalist for the Pioneer Press. In that same year,  he also launched his professional photography brand and was a manager in corporate marketing with a  locally owned but nationally known real estate firm. 

“I am thrilled to join the Klamath Water Users Association. I am eager to put my skills to work for the  association,” stated Gailey. “Water issues are a compelling dynamic of the Klamath Basin. I look forward  to conveying the stories and sharing the lives of our farming and ranching community while respecting  and honoring all the history and traditions of the Klamath Basin.” 

“Gailey’s resume is impressive,” added Simmons. “He brings years of marketing and public relations  experience from the private and corporate world to KWUA. He is also a former board member with the  Klamath County Chamber of Commerce and on the Klamath County Fair Board.” 

Beyond his local news company, Gailey’s work has been featured nationally with NBC Nightly News and  ABC World News; regionally with The Seattle Times, The Oregonian, KATU, KOIN, KOMO, NWCN;  and locally with KDRV, KTVL, KOBI, and Herald and News. 

“I am a third-generation resident of the Klamath Basin, which has been my home for over four decades,  stated Gailey. “Several of my family members live and work on the Klamath Project. As well as in the  Upper Klamath Basin near Crater Lake. I was born here, raised my family here, and completed my  education at both Henley High School and Oregon Tech.”

“I have been proud to call the Klamath Basin home over the last forty-plus years,” explained Gailey.  “Like many in our community, I also have deep-rooted ties to the basin. I cherish all aspects of our  community – our diverse landscapes, culture, history, potential, and future. Not only do I want to see the  Klamath Basin succeed, I want to see the Basin thrive.” 

Gailey began his role with KWUA on September 11, 2023.

Image Caption: As of September 11, 2023, Brian Gailey has been hired as the new Director of Marketing  and Public Relations for the Klamath Water Users Association. (Image: Craig Douglas) 

About Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA) 

Since 1953, the KWUA is a 501(c)(4) non-profit corporation representing the interests of Klamath Project farmers  and ranchers. KWUA members include rural and suburban irrigation districts, public agencies, and private  individuals who operate on both sides of the California/Oregon border. These entities and individuals typically hold  water delivery contracts with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The Project is home to over 1,200 family farms and  ranches; KWUA’s member districts deliver irrigation water to over 170,000 acres of some of the most incredibly  productive farmland in the Western United States. 

KWUA’s mission is to preserve and enhance the viability of irrigated agriculture for our membership in the Klamath  Basin for the benefit of current and future generations. 

KWUA is governed by an eleven-member Board of Directors representing Project districts. The Association  employs an Executive Director and staff to execute policy decisions.

Paul Simmons, Executive Director Tracey Liskey, KWUA Board President 70 YEARS REPRESENTING FARMERS AND RANCHERS OF THE KLAMATH PROJECT. 


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