Irrigation Leader
  • Interview,  Manager Profile,  Washington State

    A Conversation With Sam Hull of Ahtanum Irrigation District

    Ahtanum Irrigation District encompasses approximately 10,300 acres in the Ahtanum Valley of Washington State and has a history dating back to 1852. Sam Hull is a member of Ahtanum Irrigation District’s board of directors. In this conversation with Joshua Dill, the managing editor of Irrigation Leader, Mr. Hull discusses his district’s history and unique features and its ambitions to create a new reservoir and a pressurized delivery system.

  • Photo of Benton Irrigation District's river pump station in 2010 showing construction
    Interview,  Manager Profile,  Washington State

    Ed Mitchell: Operations Manager of Benton Irrigation District

    Benton Irrigation District serves over 4,500 acres of urban and agricultural land around Benton County in southeastern Washington. Over the last decade, BID undertook a $35 million project to convert its open-ditch system into a fully pressurized, completely pipe-based system. This technological leap has resulted in significant advances in water conservation. Kris Polly, editor-in-chief of Irrigation Leader, spoke with BID Operations Manager Ed Mitchell about the district’s history, challenges, and recent accomplishments.

  • Photo of Brian Olmstead pointing to the left
    Interview,  Manager Profile

    Securing Idaho’s Water Flow Brian Olmstead of Twin Falls Canal Company

    As in most parts of rural America, agriculture reigns supreme in southern Idaho. The area receives around 10 inches of rain and 19 inches of snow per year, but a substantial amount of water is required to ensure that traditional crops, such as corn, barley, potatoes, and beets, can flourish. Since 1903, the Twin Falls Canal Company has been providing water to the farmers, municipalities, and individuals who live in the more than 202,000 acres of land it services. Kris Polly, editor-in-chief of Irrigation Leader, spoke with Brian Olmstead, general manager for the Twin Falls Canal Company, about issues affecting the Twin Falls Canal Company today, the 2015 Idaho Groundwater…

  • Photo portrait of Paul Tuss
    Interview,  Manager Profile

    Economic Development in North-Central Montana Paul Tuss of Bear Paw Development Corporation

    C reated in 1969 as an economic development district, Bear Paw Development Corporation has been shaping the economic landscape of north-central Montana for nearly 50 years. Since its inception, a dedicated team of specialists have been managing economic development projects, assisting local governments in planning public works, and coordinating investments to further advance the local economy to better serve the needs of the residents within the five-county region. Bear Paw Development is looking to propel its district forward by establishing itself as a leader in alternative energy, transportation, light manufacturing, food processing, health care, value-added agriculture, micro-enterprise development, and workforce education. In an interview with Irrigation Leader’s editor-in-chief, Kris Polly,…