Irrigation Leader
  • Featured,  Interview

    Each Pipe Has Its Role: Thompson Pipe Group’s Product Range

    Thompson Pipe Group is a national pipe manufacturer that works on municipal and irrigation pipe projects across North America. It manufactures steel, fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP), and concrete pipe as well as joints and fittings. Thompson also manufactures products for trenchless pipe installation.  In this interview, Thompson Pipe Group Trenchless and Pacific Northwest Manager Carl Pitzer tells Irrigation Leader about the characteristics and uses of each type of pipe his company builds and about trends in the pipe industry. 

  • Featured,  Interview

    Recharging Idaho’s Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer

    The Idaho Water Resource Board (IWRB) is a state agency that was created in 1963 to protect Idaho’s water by formulating a comprehensive state water plan. One of its main projects in recent years has been the recharging of the Eastern Snake Plain aquifer (ESPA), which had been depleted by overuse and was no longer supplying enough water for all users. The IWRB has addressed this problem with an array of water conservation solutions and even the creation of new water through cloud seeding.  In this interview, IWRB Chairman Roger Chase tells Irrigation Leader about the IWRB’s history and its current efforts on the ESPA. 

  • Featured,  Interview

    Part of the Solution: North Side Canal Company’s Recharge Activities

    North Side Canal Company (NSCC), located in southern Idaho, supplies irrigation water to 160,000 acres of agricultural land and generates hydropower. Recently, its system has also become the site of recharge activities funded by the State of Idaho that seek to rehabilitate the Eastern Snake Plain aquifer (ESPA). In this interview, NSCC General Manager Alan Hansten tells Irrigation Leader about the hydrological and economic situation of the area and the importance of the recharge activities that are going on in the company. 

  • Featured,  Interview

    Paul Cook: Groundwater Recharge and Water Recycling at Irvine Ranch Water District

    The Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD) has grown from serving 300 customers in 1961 to over half a million people today, providing water and sewer services to a 181-square-mile service area in Orange County, California. In addition to ambitious water recycling and environmental protection programs, IRWD has also constructed 502 acres of groundwater recharge ponds that it uses to bank low-cost water underground for use in times of dearth. In this interview, IRWD General Manager Paul Cook speaks with Irrigation Leader about the district’s top priorities and also updates us on how the district is continuing its services amid the COVID‑19 pandemic. 

  • Flipbook

    Volume 11 Issue 8 September 2020

    Groundwater recharge and aquifer storage are techniques that hold promise for irrigation districts and water providers across the country. Groundwater recharge reverses the damage done by overdrafting local aquifers and can improve the health of groundwater-connected springs and rivers. In addition, putting water underground creates a store that can be drawn on in lean times.  In this month’s cover story, Paul Cook of the Irvine Ranch Water District tells us about how his district uses its 502 acres of groundwater recharge ponds to bank low-cost water underground for future use. Alan Hansten of Idaho’s North Side Canal Company tells us about how the State of Idaho is funding and building…

  • Featured,  Innovator,  Interview

    Congressman Dan Newhouse: An Advocate for Irrigated Agriculture in Central Washington and Beyond

    Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-WA) represents Washington’s 4th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. A lifelong resident of central Washington, Congressman Newhouse served four terms in the Washington State House of Representatives and was the director of Washington State’s Department of Agriculture from 2009 to 2013 before being elected to his position in Washington, DC. He is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and serves on three subcommittees, including the Energy and Water Subcommittee. In this interview, Congressman Newhouse tells Irrigation Leader about his work to support irrigated agriculture in Washington and across the West and the outlook on federal support for irrigation infrastructure in the aftermath of the…

  • Flipbook

    Volume 11 Issue 7 July/August 2020 Washington State Edition

    This month, Irrigation Leader has the pleasure of featuring an interview with Congressman Dan Newhouse, who represents central Washington’s 4th district in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressman Newhouse speaks with us about a number of highly timely topics, including title transfer and the possibility of including funding for irrigation districts in a post-COVID‑19 stimulus bill.  The rest of this issue is dedicated to pressing issues in the state of Montana. On May 17, the long-feared happened—the catastrophic failure of drop structure 5 in the St. Mary unit of Montana’s Milk River Project. Unless and until it is repaired, it will not be possible to replenish the project’s storage, threatening…

  • Featured,  Innovator,  Interview

    Working to Resolve Kinsey Irrigation Company’s Power Dilemma

    The Kinsey Irrigation Company, located in Custer County, Montana, provides water to farming across 6,640 acres of land, supporting 80 families. The company was recently informed that its existing power contract with the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program will not be eligible for renewal when it expires. This casts the future of the company in question, as alternate power sources would cost 6½–20 times as much as its current supply. In this interview, Doug Martin, the project coordinator for the Kinsey Irrigation Company’s legislative efforts on the Pick-Sloan issue, lays out for us the company’s current situation and how it could be resolved. 

  • Featured,  Innovator,  Interview

    Preserving Pick-Sloan Power for the Sidney Water Users Irrigation District

    The Sidney Water Users Irrigation District (SWUID), based in Sidney, Montana, serves water to 48 family farms across around 5,000 acres in eastern Montana. Along with its neighboring district, Kinsey Irrigation Company, SWUID is threatened with the loss of affordable project use power (PUP) from the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program, which was authorized by Congress in the Flood Control Act of 1944 and which SWUID has been using for 75 years. In this interview, SWUID President Raymond Bell explains the district’s situation and what actions are needed to preserve its operations and services. 

  • Featured,  Innovator,  Interview

    Water Resources in the Fort Belknap Indian Community

    Montana’s Fort Belknap Indian Community (FBIC), which brings together the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Tribes on the Fort Belknap Reservation, is home to the nation’s oldest federal Indian irrigation project, the Fort Belknap Indian Irrigation Project (FBIIP). The FBIC has Indian reserved water rights in the Milk River basin and recognizes the importance of the water resources delivered by the St. Mary diversion. In this interview, FBIC Water Resources Department Administrator Kristal Fox discusses the history of FBIC’s water resources and irrigation and the importance of the Milk River Project.