Irrigation Leader
  • Featured,  Interview

    Not So Convenient: Why So Many Scooters Are Ending up in Canals

    By now, residents of most cities in the United States are familiar with the electric scooters that have sprung up like mushrooms on every street corner. While they are convenient and quick for commuters, they pose an annoyance, a liability, and a hazard for canal owners. Arizona’s Roosevelt Water Conservation District is one agency that has had problems with these scooters. In this interview, RWCD General Manager Shane Leonard speaks with Irrigation Leader Editor-in-Chief Kris Polly about the recent spike in scooters being thrown into his agency’s canals and the massive headaches and possible lawsuits they are causing.

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    Linking Arizona Farmers With Researchers: The Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture

    The Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture (YCEDA) is a research center at the University of Arizona (UA) that links farmers, researchers, and students. Its mission is to identify the needs of Arizona farmers, find researchers to work on meeting those needs, fund them with money donated by the agricultural industry and other sources, and then diffuse the results of their research among the farmers. In this interview, YCEDA Executive Director Paul Brierley speaks with Irrigation Leader Managing Editor Joshua Dill about the exciting research his center is coordinating.

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    Powering Arizona’s Water: CAP’s Energy Needs

    At 2.8 gigawatt-hours per year, the Central Arizona Project (CAP) is one of the biggest power users in the state of Arizona. Why? Mainly because of the immense power demands of diverting 1.6 million acre-feet of water a year off of Lake Havasu and immediately lifting it about 800 feet vertically. That is the first step in a process that ultimately brings water to CAP’s approximately 2 million agricultural, municipal, tribal, and industrial users. With the imminent closure of the coal- fired Navajo Generating Station, CAP is identifying alternate sources of power to meet its considerable needs. In this interview, Darrin Francom, the director of operations, power, and engineering at CAP,…

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    The pima-maricopa irrigation project: nation-building through irrigation infrastructure

    The Pima people (also known as the Akimel O’otham, or “river people”) have lived in the Gila River Valley of south-central Arizona for thousands of years. In the latter 18th century, they were joined by the Maricopa (also known as the Pee Posh, meaning “the people”) and confederated together. While they had separate cultures and languages, the two tribes agreed to ally and to share the same land. Over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, however, the settlement of Arizona by nontribal people and the upstream diversion of the waters of the Gila River deprived the Pima-Maricopa people of their water supplies, leading to hunger and the loss of their independent…

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    Senator Jim Honeyford: Water Leadership for Washington

    The Columbia and Yakima basins of Washington State are home to thousands of acres of productive irrigated farmland. On a local level, that irrigation is managed and directed by irrigation districts like the Wapato Irrigation District, Sunnyside Irrigation District, and Roza Irrigation District. At the state level, the state legislature and government play crucial roles. In this interview, Senator Jim Honeyford of Washington’s 15th District speaks with Irrigation Leader Editor-in-Chief Kris Polly about his work and accomplishments in the state legislature advocating for the interests of the state’s water users and irrigation districts.

  • Featured,  Innovator,  Interview

    How Lindsay’s Remote Pivot Management Software Boosts Efficiency

    Lindsay Corporation has been innovating in the irrigation and infrastructure worlds for over half a century. Based in Omaha, Nebraska, the company has a global presence. Lindsay’s innovative tools for irrigated agriculture include its FieldNET integrated remote monitoring and management software and its full line of FieldNET hardware devices. In this interview, Reece Andrews, a product manager at Lindsay, speaks with Irrigation Leader Managing Editor Joshua Dill about FieldNET and how it has affected growers and irrigators across the country.

  • Featured,  Innovator,  Interview

    McCrometer’s Pivot-Ready Flow Meters

    McCrometer and its engineering team have built flow meters for over 60 years, refining and improving them along the way. From mechanical propeller meters to electromagnetic meters with signal outputs, McCrometer has products for a wide variety of uses and situations. As center-pivot irrigation becomes more technologically sophisticated and draws on a wider range of data, flow meters are becoming an integral part of a center-pivot system. McCrometer’s flow meters can easily send data to a center-pivot control panel, providing a reliable measure of water flow on a continuous basis. In this interview, Ken Quandt, the government relations specialist for McCrometer, speaks with Irrigation Leader Managing Editor Joshua Dill about how…

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    Instream’s Radial Gates

    Instream Water Control Projects is a Lethbridge, Alberta– based water control gate company that has been building and maintaining water control gates across the United States and Canada since 2006. It specializes in overshot and radial gates and has recently installed 10 gates of truly gargantuan proportions in an emergency spillway at Alberta’s Bassano Dam. In this interview, Frank Stang, Trevor Hazell, andRyan Morgan of Instream Water Control Projects speak with Irrigation Leader Editor-in-Chief Kris Polly about Instream’s history and its recent projects.

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    Financing Irrigation Projects Lessons From New Zealand

    New Zealand’s irrigation schemes are structured and financed differently from most American irrigation districts or projects. Rather than selling water to customers on a year-by-year basis, New Zealand irrigation schemes sell their customers shares that also involve long-term water supply arrangements. Those arrangements, often valid for a term of 30 years or more, guarantee schemes a steady source of income. In fact, it is that steady cash flow that constitutes the schemes’ most valuable asset. When banks lend money to schemes, they do it on the basis of this cash flow. David Stock is a privately practicing commercial barrister in Christchurch, New Zealand, who has special expertise in water distribution…

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    Finding the Best Grants for Water Infrastructure Projects

    There are a wide variety of federal and state-level grants in existence to fund major investments in water infrastructure. However, it is difficult to identify the most appropriate grant for a given project, to prepare application materials in a thorough and timely manner, and to draw up a successful application. That is where Dig Deep Research steps in. A boutique consulting firm founded in 2010, Dig Deep focuses on helping agencies pursue funding options for infrastructure projects. In this interview, Tia Cavender, chief executive officer (CEO) of Dig Deep Research, speaks with Irrigation Leader Managing Editor Joshua Dill about how her company helps municipal agencies successfully obtain grant funding.