In my first YVDP post I cited the importance of irrigation to the Yakima Valley. According to the placque that accompanies this sculpture in downtown Sunnyside, H. Lloyd Miller, and early Sunnyside businessman, was instrumental in the development of the Roza Canal, which opened up agriculture in lands above the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation Canal. Further research finds that Miller, who came to Sunnyside in about 1907, was considered "one of the foremost businessmen in this region of the state." The Roza project was approved in 1935 and water first came to the Roza in 1941. This statue shows Miller standing in the canal as the water first flowed. The project was finished in 1951.