What do you do for YCWA?
Keith: As a ditch tender, I divert and manage irrigation water for farmers and ranchers in southern Yuba County. From rice to peaches, and almonds to pasture grass, I control the weirs, valves and canal ways that provide water to four different water districts in our boundaries.
Photo: Tony Placencia (left), Keith Patterson (right)
What does your average day look like? What are some of your essential duties?
Tony: On an average day, I control flows, start and shut off pumping stations and keep track of how much water is being used and distributed to our irrigation districts. Additionally, some of my essential duties include clearing vegetation from roadways and spraying weeds, as well as running the backhoe to keep the fire hazard low and any potential holes and leaks visible.
What do you enjoy most about working for YCWA?
Tony: I really enjoy being a part of an agency that successfully delivers water to all of the local farmers and ranchers, and is able to help support the local economy as a result.
Keith: What I enjoy most about working for YCWA is that my job is outdoors and that I'm not stuck inside a warehouse or office.
Tell us something about yourself that most of us don't know.
Keith: Before I started with YCWA, I worked with Les Schwab Tire Center in Marysville for seven years. While I was there, I met and did service for all of the water customers that I serve now, which really helped foster my relationships with them.
Tony: I graduated from Wheatland High School. I have been married for 10 years, and love playing soccer and spending time with my family and two children, Julian and Sophia.