The Idaho Water Users Association (IWUA) promotes the development, control, conservation, preservation, and utilization of the water resources of the state of Idaho. IWUA’s members include around 300 irrigation districts, canal companies, groundwater districts, agribusinesses, public water supply organizations, private companies, and individuals from around the state who collectively manage water supplies for over 3 million acres of irrigated Idaho farmland. In this interview, Paul Arrington, IWUA’s executive director and general counsel, tells Irrigation Leader about the challenges the association has had to face and how it has adjusted its operations to support its members.
The HUESKER Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of geosynthetics and agricultural and industrial textiles. Its products and services provide solutions for projects in earthworks and foundations, roads and pavements, environmental engineering, hydraulic engineering, industry, and agriculture. In this interview, Roy McClinton, the technical sales director of HUESKER, tells Irrigation Leader about the changes that have been implemented in the company’s operations to ensure that it can continue to provide its vital services.
The Greater Wenatchee Irrigation District (GWID) services 10,000 acres in north-central Washington State. As an essential business, GWID has had to find new ways to operate during the COVID‑19 pandemic. In this interview, GWID Manager Mike Miller, who has been with the district for almost three decades, tells Irrigation Leader about the challenges it has had to face during the pandemic and the measures it is taking to continue operations.
Craig Simpson is the general manager of the East Columbia Basin Irrigation District (ECBID), which is part of the Columbia Basin Project. He has worked for ECBID for 25 years. ECBID has 160,000 acres and 88 employees. In this interview, Mr. Simpson tells Irrigation Leader about the precautions the district is taking to protect its employees during the COVID‑19 pandemic.
Established in 1958, the Colorado Water Congress serves as the principal voice of Colorado’s water community and provides leadership on key water resource issues. The Water Congress has 350 member organizations representing diverse interests and water uses in all of Colorado’s seven major river basins. In this interview Doug Kemper, executive director of the Water Congress, speaks with Irrigation Leader about how the organization has continued operations during the COVID‑19 pandemic.
The Central Platte Natural Resources District (NRD) is one of 23 NRDs in Nebraska, and is tasked with managing the soil, water, wildlife and forest resources across a service area of over 2 million acres centered on Grand Island, Nebraska. As an essential business, Central Platte NRD has had to find new ways to operate during the COVID‑19 pandemic. In this interview, Central Platte General Manager Lyndon Vogt tells Irrigation Leader about the challenges the NRD has had to overcome in order to continue providing its services.
Established in 1918, Central Oregon Irrigation District (COID) has 31 employees and serves water to about 45,000 acres centered on the city of Redmond, Oregon. Craig Horrell is the general manager of COID and has worked there for the last 6 years. In this interview, Mr. Horrell tells Irrigation Leader how COVID‑19 has affected the district and how it has adjusted to continue providing its services.
Sonia Lambert is the general manager of Cameron County Irrigation District #2 and Cameron County Drainage District #3 in San Benito, Texas. The drainage district encompasses 148 square miles within Cameron County and includes the City of San Benito, the fourth-fastest-growing metropolitan region in the state of Texas. The irrigation district covers 58,000 acres that include 226 miles of canals. Under Ms. Lambert’s leadership, the districts have undertaken extensive water conservation, delivery, and drainage projects to better serve South Texas. In this interview, Ms. Lambert tells Irrigation Leader about what her districts are doing to safely serve their customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Byron-Bethany Irrigation District (BBID) is a multicounty special district serving parts of Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Joaquin Counties, east of the San Francisco Bay Area. Its service area covers 47 square miles and 30,000 acres. The district serves 160 agricultural customers and more than 20,000 residents of the Mountain House community. In this interview, BBID Assistant General Manager Kelley Geyer tells Irrigation Leader about how the COVID‑19 pandemic has affected the district's operations and services.
Assura Software, based in Christchurch, New Zealand, aims to help businesses automate their everyday manual processes. Its software platform combines the configurability of a bespoke solution with the ease and assurance of an off-the-shelf product. In this interview, Hamish Howard, Assura’s CEO and managing director, speaks with Irrigation Leader about the situation in New Zealand and how Assura has assisted businesses during this crisis.