Irrigation Leader
  • Featured,  Interview

    Gary Esslinger, Elephant Butte Irrigation District

    The Greater Wenatchee Irrigation District (GWID) services 10,000 acres in north-central Washington State. As an essential business, GWID has had to find new ways to operate during the COVID‑19 pandemic. In this interview, GWID Manager Mike Miller, who has been with the district for almost three decades, tells Irrigation Leader about the challenges it has had to face during the pandemic and the measures it is taking to continue operations.  

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    Craig Simpson, East Columbia Basin Irrigation District

    Craig Simpson is the general manager of the East Columbia Basin Irrigation District (ECBID), which is part of the Columbia Basin Project. He has worked for ECBID for 25 years. ECBID has 160,000 acres and 88 employees. In this interview, Mr. Simpson tells Irrigation Leader about the precautions the district is taking to protect its employees during the COVID‑19 pandemic.  

  • Featured,  Interview

    Doug Kemper, Colorado Water Congress

    Established in 1958, the Colorado Water Congress serves as the principal voice of Colorado’s water community and provides leadership on key water resource issues. The Water Congress has 350 member organizations representing diverse interests and water uses in all of Colorado’s seven major river basins. In this interview Doug Kemper, executive director of the Water Congress, speaks with Irrigation Leader about how the organization has continued operations during the COVID‑19 pandemic.   

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    Lyndon Vogt, Central Platte Natural Resources District

    The Central Platte Natural Resources District (NRD) is one of 23 NRDs in Nebraska, and is tasked with managing the soil, water, wildlife and forest resources across a service area of over 2 million acres centered on Grand Island, Nebraska. As an essential business, Central Platte NRD has had to find new ways to operate during the COVID‑19 pandemic. In this interview, Central Platte General Manager Lyndon Vogt tells Irrigation Leader about the challenges the NRD has had to overcome in order to continue providing its services.   

  • Featured,  Interview

    Craig Horrell, Central Oregon Irrigation District

    Sonia Lambert is the general manager of Cameron County Irrigation District #2 and Cameron County Drainage District #3 in San Benito, Texas. The drainage district encompasses 148 square miles within Cameron County and includes the City of San Benito, the fourth-fastest-growing metropolitan region in the state of Texas. The irrigation district covers 58,000 acres that include 226 miles of canals. Under Ms. Lambert’s leadership, the districts have undertaken extensive water conservation, delivery, and drainage projects to better serve South Texas. In this interview, Ms. Lambert tells Irrigation Leader about what her districts are doing to safely serve their customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.   

  • Featured,  Interview

    Sonia Lambert, Cameron County Irrigation District #2 and Cameron County Drainage District #3

    Sonia Lambert is the general manager of Cameron County Irrigation District #2 and Cameron County Drainage District #3 in San Benito, Texas. The drainage district encompasses 148 square miles within Cameron County and includes the City of San Benito, the fourth-fastest-growing metropolitan region in the state of Texas. The irrigation district covers 58,000 acres that include 226 miles of canals. Under Ms. Lambert’s leadership, the districts have undertaken extensive water conservation, delivery, and drainage projects to better serve South Texas. In this interview, Ms. Lambert tells Irrigation Leader about what her districts are doing to safely serve their customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.   

  • Featured,  Interview

    Kelley Geyer, Byron-Bethany Irrigation District

    Byron-Bethany Irrigation District (BBID) is a multicounty special district serving parts of Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Joaquin Counties, east of the San Francisco Bay Area. Its service area covers 47 square miles and 30,000 acres. The district serves 160 agricultural customers and more than 20,000 residents of the Mountain House community. In this interview, BBID Assistant General Manager Kelley Geyer tells Irrigation Leader about how the COVID‑19 pandemic has affected the district's operations and services.   

  • Featured,  Interview

    Hamish Howard, Assura Software

    Assura Software, based in Christchurch, New Zealand, aims to help businesses automate their everyday manual processes. Its software platform combines the configurability of a bespoke solution with the ease and assurance of an off-the-shelf product. In this interview, Hamish Howard, Assura’s CEO and managing director, speaks with Irrigation Leader about the situation in New Zealand and how Assura has assisted businesses during this crisis. 

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    CHIP Students Provide Assistance

    The Capitol Hill Internship Program (CHIP) was established in 2000 by Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU) after discussions between then NWU professor Dr. Robert Oberst and his former student and NWU alum, Kris Polly, about the need for a Washington, DC–based internship experience that provided housing and limited classes. Nine U.S. universities now participate in the program, which is run by the United Methodist College Washington Consortium and has been directed by Dr. Doug Steinel since its beginning. Students in the program participate in an internship and take two classes. Program tuition is the same as the tuition students pay at their home schools. Participants live in the CHIP house, which…

  • Featured,  Innovator,  Interview

    Watervize’s Digital Water Accounting Platform for Small Irrigation Districts

    Even the smallest irrigation district can benefit from making the leap to digital water accounting and order management, but for many small districts, enterprise software is unfeasibly expensive and complicated. That’s where Watervize steps in. Its digital platform has been designed specifically for small and medium-size water districts that need an affordable, basic tool to place and record water orders and manage operations.  In this interview, Watervize Managing Director Jack Linke tells Irrigation Leader what Watervize’s product does and what makes it appropriate for small water districts.