The term goatscaping often elicits a quizzical look and a half smile, followed by the question, “What?” While the word isn’t in the dictionary and has nothing to do with scapegoats, it’s well known among land managers. Goatscaping is the centuries-old technique of using goats to maintain property.
The Washington State Water Resources Association (WSWRA), the coordinating agency for irrigation districts in Washington state, honored three of its longtime members at its annual conference awards luncheon on December 5 at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane, Washington.
Founded 40 years ago and originally focused on water level measurement for the mining industry, the Fort Collins, Colorado-based company In-Situ has recently moved decisively into the fields of flow monitoring and water quality solutions for industrial, agricultural, wastewater, and storm water clients. Recent research and development work and strategic acquisitions, including that of the Australian company MACE, have filled out In-Situ’s array of ultrasonic flow meters, data loggers, and controllers. In-Situ’s MACE flow meters and Doppler A/V sensors are particularly promising as practical alternatives to mag meters for farmers and irrigation managers. Timothy Hicks is a flow expert who recently became a business development manager for agriculture at In-Situ.…
Human resources (HR) is an important field for any organization, irrigation districts included. Finding the right employees and making sure they are performing at the top of their abilities is crucial to an organization’s success. While gut instinct always plays a role in personnel decisions, data analytics are playing an increasingly important role as well. If done correctly, recording and analyzing data about the hiring process and about employee performance can give managers important information about how to improve their organizations’ performance. In this interview, Diane Campanile, the director of human capital management and employer compliance at Lyons Insurance, tells Irrigation Leader about the promise and pitfalls of collecting, storing,…
RH2 Engineering, Inc., has been providing civil engineering, planning, and environmental services to municipal and irrigation clients across the Pacific Northwest for 40 years. RH2 can provide irrigation district clients with designs for full facility upgrades or evaluations of their assets that allow them to pinpoint crucial pieces of infrastructure to repair or replace. RH2’s efficiency-boosting designs include variable frequency drives and automatic controls. In this interview, RH2 Project Manager Kyle Smith speaks with Irrigation Leader about his company’s services and the trends he sees today in the irrigation infrastructure world.
Nampa & Meridian Irrigation District (NMID) is the largest irrigation district in Idaho, covering 69,000 acres and serving 100,000 water users. Over recent decades, its area has undergone a dramatic process of urbanization, necessitating the construction of a pressure urban irrigation system. It also went through the title transfer process with the Bureau of Reclamation during the 1980s and 1990s, acquiring title to its infrastructure and helping to shape the title transfer process along the way. In this interview, outgoing NMID Secretary-Treasurer and Secretary of the Board Daren Coon takes a look back at his long career at the district and provides us with the insights he has gained along…
Lorri Gray, the director of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Columbia–Pacific Northwest Region, has been working for the agency since high school. With experience working for Reclamation in Nevada; Washington, DC; and Idaho in a wide range of positions, Director Gray knows the agency inside and out. In this interview with Irrigation Leader, Director Gray discusses Reclamation’s recent steps to address the Odessa groundwater area, the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan (YBIP), and the Columbia River Treaty.
Years worked in irrigation: 27 Years as manager: 12 Number of employees: 16 Service size in acres: 34,000 Amount of water diverted for irrigation per year in acre-feet: 150,000 Main crops: Alfalfa hay, sugar beets, potatoes, onions, corn, grain, wheat, seed crops Irrigation methods: Gravity, drip
Years working in irrigation: 40 Years as manager: 7 Number of employees: 2 Size of service area in acres: 17,000 Amount of water diverted for irrigation per year in acre-feet: 21,100 Main crops irrigated: Pasture crops for dairy farming, horticulture, feed crops Predominant irrigation methods: Spray, flood
Years working in irrigation: 44 Years as manager: 22 Number of employees: 28 Size of service area in acres: 82,000 Amount of water diverted for irrigation per year in acre-feet: 210,000 Main crops irrigated: Malt barley, sugar beets, potatoes, alfalfa, corn, beans Predominant irrigation methods: Sprinkler