WW man garners state conservation district award

Greg Kinsinger was named 2010 employee of the year.sub here.

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WALLA WALLA -- A Walla Walla man has been named the state's 2010 Conservation District Employee of the Year.

Greg Kinsinger, Walla Walla County Conservation District restoration project coordinator, won the award earlier this summer at the Washington Association of District Employees training conference in Leavenworth, Wash.

Among his other duties, Kinsinger manages the Walla Walla district's fish screen and irrigation efficiency flow meter programs. He is also a member of the water resource panel of the Walla Walla Basin Watershed Management Partnership, a committee which provides advice and assistance to the partnership's board.

In a release, Dawn Bekenyi, chairwoman of the association's Employee of the Year Committee, said that among Kinsinger's achievements has been management of construction of the Gardena South Lateral pipeline project.

The project has replaced open ditches with 4.5 miles of pipeline and 22,000 feet of lateral lines to increase irrigation efficiency while returning a substantial amount of water to the Walla Walla River.

Kinsinger also supervises interns in cooperation with the Walla Walla Community College Irrigation Management and Civil Engineering Technology programs, Bekenyi said.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318. Check out his blog at blogs.ublabs.org/randomthoughts.

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