Irrigation Leader
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    Volume 11 Issue 10 November/December 2020

    Irrigation district managers usually think of one thing when they hear efficiency: reducing water loss. Of course, the concept goes much further. Efficiency includes saving water, but it also means saving time, saving money, and making good decisions the first time around so that there is no need to reverse course.  In our cover story, Shane Leonard of Arizona’s Roosevelt Water Conservation District (RWCD) tells us that efficiency goes beyond infrastructure upgrades. It also includes making sure that you have the right employees and that they are properly trained. This is all the more important in a rapidly urbanizing area like the one that RWCD serves.  Our conversation with Rick…

  • Featured,  Interview

    Four Legislative Champions of the Odessa Groundwater Replacement Project

    The mighty Columbia Basin Project (CBP) is a Reclamation project that dates back to the 1940s and provides Columbia River water to 671,000 acres in east-central Washington State. Some may be unaware, however, that while the entire CBP was authorized by Congress, only three quarters of it have been completed. The delay in the completion of the CBP is now creating serious problems for central Washington irrigators and communities. Most significantly, farmers in the Odessa, Washington, region received permits from the Washington Department of Ecology to drill deep wells on the understanding that a canal would eventually be built to bring CBP water to the land. However, that did not…

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    Volume 11 Issue 10 November/December 2020 Washington State Edition

    The Odessa Groundwater Replacement Project (OGWRP) is a crucially important effort to dramatically reduce reliance on the overstrained aquifer in the Odessa region of north-central Washington State by replacing pumped groundwater with surface water supplies from the Columbia River. This month, we have the honor of interviewing four Washington legislators—Representative Tom Dent, Representative Mary Dye, Senator Mark Schoesler, and Senator Judy Warnick—about their work on the OGWRP and what they see as the legislature’s next steps.  Next, Shane Leonard of Arizona’s Roosevelt Water Conservancy District (RWCD) tells us that efficiency goes beyond infrastructure upgrades. It also includes making sure that you have the right employees and that they are properly…

  • Featured,  Innovator,  Interview

    Aither: Bringing Australia’s Water Management Expertise to Users Worldwide

    The Millennium Drought of the early 2000s in Australia led to fundamental reforms in water management in the country, including the establishment of a National Water Commission and the expansion of water markets. Water markets allow users to buy and sell water rights at market-determined prices, which helps to balance consumptive and environmental demand and to reveal the value that different users place on water. In 2012, the consultancy Aither was founded to provide water resources– related economics, policy, and management advice informed by the Australian experience. Aither has plans to expand operations to the United States in the near future. In this interview, Will Fargher, a founding director of…

  • Featured,  Innovator,  Interview

    HydroSide Systems: Using Water Power to Make Traveling Irrigation Systems Autonomous

    HydroSide Systems has developed an innovative and award-winning technology for moving wheel lines, traveling guns, boom systems, and other traveling irrigation units. It aims to replace labor-intensive movers with a water-powered hydroelectric system, making irrigation units self-powered and autonomous. In this interview, HydroSide Founder and CEO Dana Mohr tells Irrigation Leader about how the company’s technology works and the benefits it can bring to irrigators. 

  • Featured,  Interview

    Semitropic Water Storage District’s New Well Telemetry Project By Jan Boling

    Where there is water, people thrive. Many consider it their lifeblood—especially in the agricultural region of central California. They count on there being water to drink; to feed their crops; for recreational use; and, to put it in general terms; to enable their existence! With the ongoing battle between agriculture and environmentalists—especially during drought years—monitoring the use of this precious commodity has become a top-of-mind issue. 

  • Featured,  Interview

    How Title Transfer Will Help Minidoka Irrigation District Raise Funds

    Dan Davidson is an Idaho native who has served as the manager of southern Idaho’s Minidoka Irrigation District (MID) for the past 8 years. The MID’s system dates back to the first decade of the 20th century, and as with many irrigation districts, repairing and replacing aging infrastructure is a priority. The MID is currently pursuing a transfer of the title for its system from the Bureau of Reclamation, which would allow it to provide additional services and thus raise money for infrastructure. In this interview, Mr. Davidson tells Irrigation Leader about the current status of the MID’s title transfer efforts and its plans for the future. 

  • Featured,  Interview

    How the Davis and Weber Counties Canal Company Is Modernizing Its 140‑Year-Old System

    The Davis and Weber Counties Canal Company (DWCCC) is a wholesale and retail water supplier for several thousand acres of agricultural, residential, and commercial land in northern Utah. With a nearly 140-year-old system in a rapidly urbanizing area, the DWCCC is putting significant money and effort into lining, enclosing, and updating its delivery system and adapting to the conversion of agricultural lands to urbanization. In this interview, DWCCC General Manager Rick Smith tells Irrigation Leader about the company’s infrastructure work and plans for the future. 

  • Featured,  Interview

    Shane M. Leonard: Pursuing Efficiency in an Urbanizing Irrigation District

    The Roosevelt Water Conservation District (RWCD) has been serving local farmers, urban irrigators, and other central Arizona water users for more than a century. Located on the eastern edge of the Phoenix metro area in Maricopa County, its 40,000‑acre service area overlaps with the quickly growing cities of Mesa and Chandler and the town of Gilbert, meaning that it is acquiring many new customers and quickly becoming a largely urbanized district. In this interview, RWCD General Manager Shane M. Leonard tells Irrigation Leader about how his district pursues efficiency via infrastructure upgrades, staff training, and relationship building. 

  • Featured,  Interview

    How the Yakama Nation Is Working to Restore Fish Populations in the Upper Yakima Basin

    A century ago, upwards of a million salmon and other anadromous fish species returned each year to spawn and rear in the rivers and lakes of the upper Yakima basin. However, early storage efforts involving wooden crib dams, followed by the Bureau of Reclamation’s construction of concrete dams in the 1910s and 1930s, rendered many former habitats inaccessible to these fish. The construction of Bumping Lake Dam in 1910 blocked access to the last sockeye salmon lake in the Yakima basin, and sockeye remained absent from the basin for 99 years. The Yakama Nation reintroduced sockeye to Cle Elum Lake in 2009 after Reclamation constructed a plywood flume at the…