Irrigation Leader
  • Arizona Edition,  Flipbook

    Volume 13 Issue 6 June Arizona Edition

    By Kris Polly For 100 years, the Roosevelt Irrigation District (RID) has brought groundwater from South Phoenix to irrigate a large agricultural area in the Avondale, Goodyear, and Buckeye areas of Arizona. Like many Phoenix-area irrigation entities, RID is grappling with the effects of urbanization, aging infrastructure, and water supply issues. In our cover story this month, RID Superintendent Donovan Neese tells us about how the district is working to sustain irrigated ag into the future.  The rest of this month’s issue focuses on California’s Central Valley, one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. Established in 1887, Turlock Irrigation District was the first irrigation district in California.…

  • Flipbook,  Montana State

    Volume 13 Issue 6 June Montana Edition

    By Kris Polly With a background in engineering, water resources, and irrigation and as a principal and cofounder of Performance Engineering, Scott Aspenlieder’s background equips him perfectly for his role as the president of the Montana Water Resources Association (MWRA). In that role, he works to protect water rights and keep policymakers apprised of the economic importance of irrigated agriculture amid the rapid development that parts of the state are experiencing. In our cover story, Mr. Aspenlieder tells us more about MWRA’s top issues and its important role.  We also interview irrigated farmers on the ground: the Sheehan Family of central Washington. The Sheehans run their dairy and crop farm…

  • Flipbook,  New Zealand

    Volume 13 Issue 6 June New Zealand Edition

    By Kris Polly Even the largest irrigation infrastructure projects and organizations ultimately exist to support farmers on the ground and local economies. This is true of the Te Tai Tokerau Water Trust, which was created in mid-2020 to build new water storage and distribution infrastructure in New Zealand’s Northland Region and ultimately to create economic opportunities in horticulture. Chris Frost, a consultant and a contractor for the trust, tells us about the project’s history and potential.  We also interview irrigated farmers on the ground: the Sheehan Family of central Washington. The Sheehans run their dairy and crop farm efficiently by reusing water and making use of technologies like efficient sprinklers,…

  • Flipbook,  Washington State

    Volume 13 Issue 6 June Washington State Edition

    By Kris Polly When we discuss irrigation, we often think of reservoirs, canals, siphons, and other large-scale infrastructure. But of course, all that is in place to serve producers. This month, we talk to the Sheehan family of central Washington, who run their dairy and crop farm efficiently by reusing water and making use of technologies like efficient sprinklers, satellite imagery, and variable-rate application.  The rest of this month’s issue focuses on California’s Central Valley, one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. Established in 1887, Turlock Irrigation District was the first irrigation district in California. General Manager Michelle Reimers tells us about how today, it is actively…

  • Flipbook

    Volume 13 Issue 6 June

    By Kris Polly California’s Central Valley is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world, growing fruit, vegetables, grains, and nuts for domestic and international consumption. Like many regions in the West, it is also facing drought, groundwater overdraft, and other water supply challenges. This month, we focus on the irrigation professionals who are working to preserve and strengthen Central Valley ag through smart water management and new technologies.  Established in 1887, Turlock Irrigation District was the first irrigation district in California. General Manager Michelle Reimers tells us about how today, it is actively investing in modernizing its infrastructure while moving forward with exciting initiatives such as Project…

  • Arizona Edition,  Featured,  Interview

    Professor Daniele Zaccaria: Applying Science-Based Solutions to Growing Water Concerns in the Central Valley

    At the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), and the University of California Cooperative Extension, researchers help growers adopt advanced water management solutions in the face of recurring drought and dwindling water supplies. In this interview, Irrigation Leader speaks with Daniele Zaccaria, an associate professor at UC Davis and an agricultural water management specialist at the University of California Cooperative Extension, about how his work helps growers, state agencies, and regulators. 

  • Arizona Edition,  Featured,  Interview

    Jason Phillips of the Friant Water Authority: Tackling Drought, Subsidence, and Regulatory Issues

    The Friant Division of the Central Valley Project (CVP) includes Friant Dam and Millerton Lake, the Madera Canal, and the Friant-Kern Canal, which collectively store and deliver water to more than a million acres of farmland and several cities on the east side of the southern San Joaquin Valley. The Friant Water Authority, a public agency representing a majority of the Friant Division’s water users, operates and maintains the Friant-Kern Canal, which supplies San Joaquin River water stored at Millerton Lake to more than 30 irrigation districts that serve 15,000 family farms. Irrigation Leader spoke with Friant Water Authority CEO Jason Phillips about how the organization is dealing with drought,…

  • Arizona Edition,  Featured,  Interview

    Oakdale Irrigation District’s Virtuous Cycle: Conserving Water and Selling It to Finance Modernization

    Oakdale Irrigation District (OID) enjoys well-established water rights—from the Stanislaus River, deep wells, and water reclamation and drainage recovery systems—that allow it to provide abundant water to its growers even during times of drought. The district’s 2007 water resources plan mapped out a strategy for selling surplus water and investing the money into modernization and system rehabilitation, leading to more surplus. That cycle has generated about $75 million for the district and improved customer service, water reliability, and drought resiliency. In this interview, OID’s recently retired General Manager Steve Knell and Water Operations Manager and District Engineer Eric Thorburn tell us more. 

  • Arizona Edition,  Featured,  Interview

    Michelle Reimers: Equipping Turlock Irrigation District for the Challenges of an Unpredictable Future

    Established in 1887 as the first irrigation district in California and with an irrigation system built in the early 1900s, Turlock Irrigation District (TID) has spent $60 million over the past 20 years maintaining aging infrastructure while modernizing to save water and meet future needs. It is also moving forward with existing initiatives such as Project Nexus, a pilot project that will install solar panel canopies over sections of the district’s irrigation canals. In this interview, General Manager Michelle Reimers tells Irrigation Leader about the district’s efforts to build on its past while responding to the challenges of a less-predictable climate. 

  • Arizona Edition,  Featured,  Interview

    Uri Segev: Bringing N‑Drip’s Advanced Microirrigation Systems to Arizona

    N‑Drip wants to help solve the global water crisis by helping the world’s farmers convert flood irrigation to gravity-powered microirrigation. Its system, developed by Israel’s former water commissioner, Professor Uri Shani, transforms existing flood infrastructure into cost-effective, precise drip systems, without the use of filters or pumps. Irrigation Leader spoke with N‑Drip’s U.S. vice president for business development, Uri Segev, about how N‑Drip is helping farmers become more efficient so that they can increase yields with much less input, one field at a time.