Introducing Bill Krivachka, Garrison Diversion Board Member

Posted: Jun 09 2021
Bill Krivachka credits his early life experiences in arid Bowman, North Dakota,
with his enduring interest in water and weather. When he was growing up, Bowman County farmers averaged just 10 to 15 bushels of wheat per acre due to the dry conditions. His interest in precipitation followed him into his college years when he took a job with the early Weather Modification Program as a radar operator for rain enhancement and hail suppression.

Bill remains involved in North Dakota water issues as a Garrison Diversion Conservancy District Board Member, representing Traill County since 2002. “Robert ‘Bud’ Strand, the charter Director representing Traill County on the Garrison Diversion Board, was my friend and golfing partner. He encouraged me to replace him on the Garrison Diversion Board when he retired because of my interest in North Dakota water issues,” explains Bill.

He serves on Garrison Diversion’s Red River Valley Committee, which helps provide direction for the RRVWSP which will ensure a quality, reliable water supply to nearly half of the state’s population during moderate and severe droughts.

He says Traill County has benefited greatly from participation in the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District. “Traill has received Municipal, Rural and Industrial (MR&I) Water Supply Program funds to make enhancements to the Traill Rural Water delivery system. The County has also received matching grant funds for playground equipment, community park picnic facility/bathroom enhancements, Goose River boat launch and dock, nature trail improvements, and Rainbow Garden enhancements through Garrison Diversion’s Matching Recreation Grant Program,” says Bill.

After 26 years with Goose River Dental Association, Bill retired from his career as a Dentist. He also previously served as the Executive Director for the Mayville State University Foundation and spent a decade as the Director of a grant program through the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and the University’s Center for Rural Health to place allied health in rural North Dakota communities.

Bill is married to his wife Heidi who is a retired occupational therapist and an accomplished quilter. The couple is very proud of their four married daughters and five grandchildren. In his free time, Bill enjoys hunting, fishing, golfing, andresearching his Ukrainian heritage.