Irrigation Leader
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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…

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    Volume 10 Issue 9 October 2019 Washington State’s Irrigated Wine Grape Industry

    The Washington Winegrowers is the association that represents one of Washington State’s most exciting irrigated crops: wine grapes. In this month’s cover story, I interview Vicky Scharlau, the group’s executive director, about trends in the wine grape world and about irrigation’s crucial role in expanding and advancing Washington State’s high-quality wine industry. Much of the rest of this issue focuses on New Zealand, home to thousands of acres of irrigated agriculture, and to its impressive professionals. Elizabeth Soal, chief executive officer of Irrigation New Zealand, gives us a broad overview of the top issues facing the irrigated farmers who form her organization’s membership. John Nicholls, an irrigated dairy farmer and…

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    Volume 10 Issue 9 October 2019 New Zealand’s Efficient, Advanced Irrigation

    New Zealand’s South Island is home to thousands of acres of irrigated agriculture, fed by the rivers of the Southern Alps and in many cases watered by gravity-pressured pipeline. In this issue of Irrigation Leader, we bring you the stories of New Zealand irrigation professionals and of U.S. businesspeople and scholars who have traveled there to learn, exchange ideas, and do business. Our cover interview is with Elizabeth Soal, chief executive officer of Irrigation New Zealand, who gives us a broad overview of the top issues facing the irrigated farmers who form her organization’s membership. John Nicholls, an irrigated dairy farmer and chair of MHV Water, a major irrigation scheme…

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    Volume 10 Issue 8 August Washington Edition 2019 Growing Washington’s Economy: PChris Voigt of the Washington State Potato Commission

    The cultivation of potatoes—one of Washington State’s top crops, supporting 36,000 jobs in the state—is directly dependent on irrigation infrastructure and technology. Columbia River water has turned the desert landscape of central Washington into a bounteous agricultural region. In this month’s cover story, Chris Voigt, the director of the Washington State Potato Commission, tells us about how potatowes are grown, irrigated, harvested, and processed in Washington State. Much of the rest of our September issue focuses on New Mexico, home to some of the nation’s oldest Reclamation infrastructure. In our cover story, Dale Ballard tells us about historic Carlsbad Irrigation District (CID), of which he is manager. CID was founded in…

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    Volume 10 Issue 8 September 2019 Irrigation in the Land of Enchantment

    New Mexico has some of the nation’s oldest Reclamation infrastructure. Today, it has some of the nation’s most sophisticated groundwater monitoring activity. Its arid landscape is also an ideal location to grow pecans, cotton, and alfalfa. This month’sIrrigation Leader looks at the state’s irrigated agriculture from a number of perspectives. In our cover story, Dale Ballard tells us about historic Carlsbad Irrigation District (CID), of which he is manager. CID was founded in the first years of the 20th century by early New Mexico pioneers. Today, much of its infrastructure is over a century old. CID is fighting to maintain its infrastructure, supply its farmers, and meet interstate water delivery requirements.…

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    Volume 10 Issue 7 August Washington Edition 2019 Tackling Wapato Irrigation Project’s Challenges: Stuart Crane of the Yakama Nation

    For a century, the Wapato Irrigation District (WIP) has been delivering water to the diverse and productive agriculture of Washington’s Yakama Nation reservation. While some of WIP’s engineering and operating activities are handled by the Yakama Nation, it is a federally owned project operated primarily by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. In our cover interview, Stuart Crane of the Yakama Nation Water Resource Program discusses the challenges this entails and describes the infrastructure projects WIP is currently undertaking. I also speak with Dr. David DeJong, the director of the Pima-Maricopa Irrigation Project (P-MIP), the tribal program that is managing the design and construction of over 100 miles of irrigation conveyance structures in…

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    Volume 10 Issue 7 August 2019 Nation-Building Through Irrigation Infrastructure

    Arizona agriculture is a marvel. Despite its blazing hot summers and its desert climate, the state produces significant agricultural output, including most of the lettuce, cauliflower, and broccoli eaten in the United States and Canada during the winter. To make this happen, water suppliers and irrigators distribute hundreds of thousands of acre-feet of water each year across the state. In our cover story, I speak with Dr. David DeJong, the director of the Pima-Maricopa Irrigation Project (P-MIP), the tribal program that is managing the design and construction of over 100 miles of irrigation conveyance structures in the Gila River Indian Community. Dr. Dejong, whose doctoral dissertation in history focused on the water rights…