Irrigation Leader
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    Volume 11 Issue 4 April 2020 Washington State Edition

    New Zealand is a country of gracious people, amazing scenery, and highly productive irrigated agriculture. New Zealanders, or Kiwis, face many of the same irrigation challenges that Americans do, though in some cases they have come up with new and innovative solutions that Americans can learn from. All this was on display during Irrigation Leader’s New Zealand irrigation education and trade tour, which took place from February 22 to 27.  A total of 34 participants, our largest tour group ever, traversed the beautiful South Island, visiting irrigated pastures, farms, indigenous Māori communities, apiaries, vineyards, cities, and sites of natural beauty. Along the way, we saw gravity-fed ponds, automated gates, aquifer…

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    Volume 11 Issue 4 April 2020

    New Zealand is a country of gracious people, amazing scenery, and highly productive irrigated agriculture. New Zealanders, or Kiwis, face many of the same irrigation challenges that Americans do, though in some cases they have come up with new and innovative solutions that Americans can learn from. All this was on display during Irrigation Leader’s New Zealand irrigation education and trade tour, which took place from February 22 to 27.  A total of 34 participants, our largest tour group ever, traversed the beautiful South Island, visiting irrigated pastures, farms, indigenous Māori communities, apiaries, vineyards, cities, and sites of natural beauty. Along the way, we saw gravity-fed ponds, automated gates, aquifer…

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    Volume 11 Issue 3 March2020 Water Banking at Oroville-Tonasket

    In our cover story this month, Jay O’Brien of the Oroville- Tonasket Irrigation District tell us about how his district is putting its unused water in trust and using it to gain revenue while also helping water users in need downstream. It is a promising setup that will be of interest to other Washington State water right holders.  This issue of Irrigation Leader also brings you a number of features on groundwater. In northeastern Nebraska, an area called the Bazile Groundwater Management Area, suffers from nitrate infiltration into its groundwater. We bring you interviews with the managers of four local natural resources districts (NRDs) that have joined forces to engage…

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    Volume 11 Issue 3 March 2020

    Nitrate contamination is a pervasive problem across agricultural regions in the United States and worldwide. In northeastern Nebraska, one area in particular, the Bazile Groundwater Management Area, suffers from nitrate infiltration into its groundwater. In response, four local natural resources districts (NRDs) have joined forces to engage in education and regulation in an effort to mitigate and reverse the nitrate issue. Our special cover story features the manager of each of the four NRDs.  We also put the Bazile area into context with a series of stories on Nebraska. We speak with Jeff Fassett, the director of the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, about how his agency cooperates with the…

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    Volume 11 Issue 2 February 2020

    Lorri Gray has been working for the Bureau of Reclamation since high school. Today the director of the Columbia–Pacific Northwest region, she knows the agency inside and out, and it is always a pleasure—and an educational experience—to speak with her. In our cover story, she talks about the Odessa Groundwater Replacement Plan, the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan, title transfer, and the Columbia River Treaty.  Another person of great experience we have the privilege of interviewing in this issue is Daren Coon. He has been at Idaho’s Nampa & Meridian Irrigation District for 44 years and has been its secretary-treasurer and secretary of the board for more than three decades. During…

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    Volume 11 Issue 2 February 2020

    Daren Coon has had a long and fruitful career in irrigation. He has been at Idaho’s Nampa & Meridian Irrigation District for 44 years and has been its secretary-treasurer and secretary of the board for more than three decades. During his time at the district, Mr. Coon has overseen the installation of a pressure urban pipeline system, a rapid changeover in district technology, and title transfer, among many other accomplishments. Mr. Coon is now retiring, surely with a sense of satisfaction. Bravo, Daren, and thank you for your work in the irrigation field! In this issue, we also speak with Kyle Smith of RH2 Engineering, Inc., which provides water, sewer, and irrigation services to agencies across the Northwest, and to Tim Hicks…

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    Volume 11 Issue 1 January 2020 Manager Issue

    The irrigation that makes agriculture in the West so productive could not exist without irrigation districts. And no irrigation district could function without the presence of a manager.  Irrigation district managers must understand everything from 100-year-old concrete infrastructure to cutting-edge supervisory control and data acquisition systems. They must manage relationships with boards of directors, customers, employees, and regulators. They must look ahead to discern the kinds of training their employees need to become the leaders of the future. And they must adapt, adjust, and learn every day. With such a universal role, a good manager is the key to an irrigation district’s success. With that crucial role in mind, we…

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    Volume 1 Issue 11 January 2020 The Manager Issue

    The irrigation that makes agriculture in the West so productive could not exist without irrigation districts. And no irrigation district could function without the presence of a manager.  Irrigation district managers must understand everything from 100-year-old concrete infrastructure to cutting-edge supervisory control and data acquisition systems. They must manage relationships with boards of directors, customers, employees, and regulators. They must look ahead to discern the kinds of training their employees need to become the leaders of the future. And they must adapt, adjust, and learn every day. With such a universal role, a good manager is the key to an irrigation district’s success. With that crucial role in mind, we…

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    Volume 10 Issue 10 August Washington Edition 2019 Wendy Christensen of the Bureau of Reclamation: Working Together on the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan

    The Yakima Basin Integrated Plan (YBIP) is an impressive feat of coordination and cooperation. Its basic aim is simple—to guarantee enough water for people, fish, and agriculture—but behind that simple summary there are many parties, many interests, and a lot of history. With the leadership of the Bureau of Reclamation and the Washington Department of Ecology and the support and input of the Washington State Legislature, the counties of central Washington, the irrigation districts and irrigated farmers of the Yakima basin, Native American tribes and environmental and citizen groups, the YBIP has moved forward and now promises to ensure the future of the Yakima basin for generations to come.  In…

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    Volume 10 Issue 10 November/December 2019 The Impressive Yakima Basin Integrated Plan

    The Yakima Basin Integrated Plan (YBIP) is an impressive feat of coordination and cooperation. Its basic aim is simple—to guarantee enough water for people, fish, and agriculture—but behind that simple summary there are many parties, many interests, and a lot of history. With the leadership of the Bureau of Reclamation and the Washington Department of Ecology and the support and input of the Washington State Legislature, the counties of central Washington, the irrigation districts and irrigated farmers of the Yakima basin, Native American tribes, and environmental and citizen groups, the YBIP has moved forward and now promises to ensure the future of the Yakima basin for generations to come.  In…