Irrigation Leader
  • Featured,  Interview,  Washington State

    Growing Washington’s Economy: Chris Voigt of the Washington State Potato Commission

    Potatoes are one of Washington State’s top crops. Grown primarily in central Washington with Columbia River that point, potatoes are directly dependent on irrigation infrastructure and technology. The cultivation and processing Potato provides 36,000 jobs to Washington State. Growers and worked there for about 3 years. The Washington State Potato Commission is the industry association responsible for promoting research into potato cultivation, advocating with state and federal agencies, and marketing potatoes. In this interview, Chris Voigt, the director of the Washington State Potato Commission, speaks with Irrigation Leader Editor-in-Chief Kris Polly about potatoes’ economic and nutritional importance—and the time he ate nothing but potatoes for 60 days!

  • Featured,  In Memoriam,  Interview

    In Memoriam: Warren R. Morgan

    Warren R. Morgan, 60, passed away unexpectedly in May. He was born April 17, 1959 to Rex and Laurel Morgan in Soap Lake, Washington. He grew up in Quincy, Washington, and graduated from Quincy High School in 1977 and from Washington State University (WSU) in 1981. He returned to Quincy after graduating from WSU and lived there until his death. His life as an entrepreneur began while he was still at WSU, where one of his first ventures was renting minifridges to college students. After graduating from WSU with a degree in horticulture, he came back to Quincy and shortly thereafter began working in his parents’ orchard. The family orchard had been purchased in 1976 as a retirement…

  • Featured,  Interview,  Irrigated Crop

    Growing Pecans in the Desert Southwest

    The climate of the desert Southwest is ideal for growing pecans, and the region produces roughly one-third of all pecans grown in the United States. With global demand for their product rising, New Mexico pecan growers see a bright future. However, there is a hard constraint on pecan production: water. Growing pecans in New Mexico’s arid land requires the efficient and intelligent use of limited irrigation water resources. In this interview, Greg Daviet, the manager of Dixie Ranch farm, speaks with Irrigation Leader Managing Editor Joshua Dill about how pecans are grown and harvested in New Mexico and distributed around the world.

  • Featured,  Interview

    An Online Security Training Course for Irrigation Districts

    Philip Ball’s Situational Awareness Institute (SAI) provides training for private companies and public agencies about security, active killer prevention and response, and crisis communications. Now, SAI is releasing a new online course that presents the best of its information and education in brief modules that include text, pictures, and video. In this interview, Philip Ball speaks with Irrigation Leader Managing Editor Joshua Dill about how water districts can keep both employees and customers safe in an ever-threatening world.

  • Featured,  Interview

    Understanding River Hydrology and Aquifer Relationships in the Arid Southwest

    It is well known that surface water and groundwater supplies are often interconnected, but it is difficult to accurately measure how they affect each other on a scale that is informative for purposes of management. Dr. Erek H. Fuchs, the groundwater resources director at New Mexico’s Elephant Butte Irrigation District (EBID), is addressing this issue through his empirical studies of river and shallow alluvium aquifer hydrology in the desert Southwest and the development of metrics like the groundwater/ surface water ratio of application (GSRA). These studies are crucial for understanding the aquifer recharge process and connectivity physics on a basin scale and for intelligent water use in drought-affected regions. In this interview, Dr.…

  • Featured,  Interview

    RTU, SCADA, and Gravity Meters: How EBID Monitors Its Hydrology

    New Mexico’s Elephant Butte Irrigation District (EBID) benefits not only from the scientific expertise of its staff, but also from a sophisticated network of remote telemetry units (RTU) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA)–equipped meters. The information from these devices helps EBID capture stormwater and manage groundwater pumping, supplementing its drought-affected surface water supplies. In this interview, Patrick Lopez, EBID’s SCADA Systems director, speaks with Irrigation Leader Managing Editor Joshua Dill about the district’s hydrology and how new technology is helping EBID manage its water resources.

  • Featured,  Interview

    Maintaining Historic Carlsbad Irrigation District

    Carlsbad Irrigation District (CID) was one of the earliest U.S. Reclamation Service projects and dates back to the turn of the 20th century. The town of Carlsbad, New Mexico, grew up around the project and the agriculture it enabled. The project has been updated several times over the years—notably with the Brantley Dam and Reservoir in the late 1980s—but much of its infrastructure is a century old. In this interview, CID Manager Dale Ballard speaks with Irrigation Leader Editor-in-Chief Kris Polly about the challenges of updating and maintaining this historic system in the desert landscape of New Mexico.

  • Featured,  Interview,  Washington State

    Tackling Wapato Irrigation Project’s Challenges: Stuart Crane of the Yakama Nation

    Wapato Irrigation Project (WIP) was founded by the federal government in the early 20th century to irrigation the Yakama Nation reservation in central Washington State. Today, WIP diverts several hundred thousand acre-feet of water from the Yakima River and local creeks each year to service around 150,000 acres of irrigated agricultural land. While WIP is a federally owned project that is operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), some of the engineering and operating duties are handled by the Yakama Nation through the Yakama Tribal Engineering Program. This split between federal ownership and local service can sometimes lead to difficulties with efficient hiring, procurement, and maintenance. WIP’s infrastructure is…

  • Featured,  Interview

    How Emrgy is Disrupting the Hydropower Industry

    Solar and wind power have exploded in popularity in recent years as facilities have become cheaper to build, but up until now, this has not been true of a third renewable power source, hydropower. This is primarily because hydropower relies on large installations that require civil construction. A new startup called Emrgy is seeking to change all this with its small, modular, distributed hydropower installations, which can be installed without civil construction. In this interview, Emily Morris, the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Emrgy, speaks withIrrigation Leader Editor-in-Chief Kris Polly about her company’s innovative hydropower installations.

  • Featured,  Interview

    Growing Lettuce in Yuma

    Most of the winter produce consumed in the United States and Canada is grown in the Yuma, Arizona, region, in Southern California, and in Northern Mexico, and most is processed in Yuma before being shipped out to supermarkets across the country. While the average consumer in the produce aisle of a supermarket may not give a second thought to their lettuce’s provenance, there is actually a highly efficient process for harvesting, shipping, and selling Yuma’s winter crops within a matter of hours. In this interview, Tom Davis, the general manager of the Yuma County Water Users’ Association (YCWUA), speaks withIrrigation Leader Managing Editor Joshua Dill about the growing, harvesting, and processing…