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Longtime Malheur County water manager heading to retirement

Owyhee Irrigation District Manager Jay Chamberlin talks about the importance of irrigation to the valley's agriculture industry. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

NYSSA – Water runs through Jay Chamberlin’s life.

As manager of the Owyhee Irrigation District for more than 20 years, the Nyssa native had a box seat to witness the fickle manner of Mother Nature from floods to drought.

Now Chamberlin stands near the end of a career where he directed the yearly distribution of the area’s lifeblood and he said he is proud . . .