Irrigation Leader
  • Flipbook

    Volume 12 Issue 9 October

    By Kris Polly Across the irrigation industry, professionals are planning infrastructure improvements, both large and small; promoting innovation; and training and educating staff.  Jeff Sutton is the general manager of the Tehama- Colusa Canal Authority (TCCA), which delivers water to 17 Central Valley Project water contractors that serve 150,000 acres of agriculture. As a member of the Sites Joint Powers Authority, the TCCA is advancing the construction of the proposed 1.5‑million-acre-foot Sites Reservoir. Mr. Sutton tells us about progress on this immense project.  Justin Eary, the manager of eastern Oregon’s Horsefly Irrigation District, tells us about the piping projects his district is undertaking to conserve water in its arid environment. …

  • Featured,  Interview,  New Zealand

    Ecological Sustainability Should Be Our Goal By Scott J. Cameron

    As legislative and administrative solutions to climate change are being debated in Washington, DC, I encourage Congress and the Biden administration to step back and consider the larger challenge so that we accurately define the problem and can intelligently craft solutions to achieve our goals.  The big picture is our need for ecological sustainability, of which climate change is just one of four dimensions. The three other key legs of the ecological sustainability stool in the United States include controlling invasive species; managing range and forest lands; and striking the right balance between extensive and intensive food production. Addressing global temperature alone is not enough to achieve ecological sustainability. Unless…

  • Flipbook,  Washington State

    Volume 12 Issue 8 September Washington State

    By Kris Polly The irrigation water drawn from the Pacific Northwest’s dams is critical to the region’s valuable agricultural production. In this month’s cover interview, Kurt Miller of Northwest RiverPartners tells us about how his organization works to educate policymakers and the public about the benefits of hydropower and the other benefits, including irrigation water, that the dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers provide.  We also bring you several stories that highlight the excellent work that is being done in California’s Imperial Valley, one of the nation’s leading producers of winter produce. Henry Martinez, the general manager of the Imperial Irrigation District (IID), the top user of Colorado River…

  • Flipbook

    Volume 12 Issue 7 July/August

    By Kris Polly Everyone involved in irrigation knows Reinke Manufacturing as one of the nation’s top irrigation equipment manufacturers. What they may not know is that in addition to supplying farmers with center pivots, computerized control systems, and other equipment, Reinke supports its local community by sponsoring high school and college courses in welding, machining, and robotics.  In our cover story, we speak with Russ Reinke, Reinke’s first vice president, about the progress the company has made since his father founded it in 1954 and its top issues today. We also speak with three Reinke employees directly involved in the company’s educational initiatives: Chuck Hatzenbuehler, who teaches welding classes; Hal…

  • Arizona Edition,  Flipbook

    Volume 12 Issue 7 July/August Arizona Edition

    By Kris Polly In our cover story this month, we speak with David Rousseau, president of the Salt River Project (SRP). SRP's originally largely agricultural deliveries enabled the establishment of a farming community that eventually enabled the explosive growth of Phoenix, now the nation’s fifth-largest metropolitan area.  We also feature several individuals from Reinke Manufacturing, which in addition to supplying farmers with center pivots, computerized control systems, and other equipment, supports its local community by sponsoring high school and college courses in welding, machining, and robotics. Russ Reinke, Reinke’s first vice president, tells us about the progress the company has made since his father founded it in 1954 and its…

  • Flipbook,  Washington State

    Volume 12 Issue 7 July/August Washington State Chris Lynch: Forecasting Future Water Supplies in the Yakima Basin

    The 1945 consent degree in the Yakima basin established a method of distributing water to a variety of classes of water rightholders. However, to do this, a measure of the total water supply available in the basin was required. Chris Lynch, the river operations engineer for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Yakima Field Office, is in charge of the impressive feat of carrying out this yearly estimate. We learn more about it in this month’s cover interview.  We also feature several individuals from Reinke Manufacturing, which in addition to supplying farmers with center pivots, computerized control systems, and other equipment, supports its local community by sponsoring high school and college courses…

  • Featured,  Interview,  Special Edition

    A Tribute to Bob Johnson

    Commissioner Johnson has touched many lives in his decades of public service. He has worked in the Bureau of Reclamation’s regional office in Sacramento as an ag economist; in Reclamation’s regional office in Boulder City, Nevada, as an economist and as branch chief for the economics branch; in Reclamation’s Washington, DC, office, as head of the contracts and repayment branch; in Boulder City again as chief of the operations division of the Lower Colorado Region; as assistant regional director and then regional director of the Lower Colorado Region; and then as commissioner of Reclamation from October 2006 to January 2009. After his retirement from Reclamation, he has been involved in…

  • Arizona Edition,  Featured,  Interview

    Sandy Fabritz: Bringing Communities Together for Water at Freeport-McMoRan

    Arizona is a state that has endured difficult water challenges since its founding over a century ago. Its arid climate, varied terrain, and position on the Colorado River relative to other states have often created conflicts among various water users. Sandy Fabritz, the director of water strategy at mining company Freeport-McMoRan, is someone who has not only seen those challenges from various perspectives, but has used her experience to find mutually beneficial solutions to complex water issues. In this interview, Ms. Fabritz tells Irrigation Leader about the path that led her to both public service and the private sector, how Freeport-McMoRan prioritizes environmental and water conservation, and the importance of…

  • Featured,  Interview,  Washington State

    Roger Sonnichsen of the Quincy–Columbia Basin Irrigation District

    The Quincy–Columbia Basin Irrigation District (QCBID) is one of the three irrigation districts operating the Columbia Basin Project (CBP), which brings water resources to the Columbia basin. It serves about 250,000 acres, which grow over 45 crops. In this interview, QCBID Manager Roger Sonnichsen tells Irrigation Leader about QCBID’s current top issues and how it is continuing its essential services during the COVID‑19 pandemic. 

  • Featured,  Innovator,  Interview

    Andrew Neill of Onfarm Data: Innovating With Irrigation Data in New Zealand

    Knowledge is power, and nowhere is this truer than in the need for precise data for irrigation in New Zealand. The limitations of the country’s freshwater supply, soil, and regulatory regime necessitate precise use of each drop of water. Accurate data also ensure the precise application of water and fertilizer and allow nutrients to be tracked and controlled to prevent contamination of water resources. Andrew Neill’s company, Onfarm Data, is an innovator in this space. Working with farmers, irrigators, and local regulators, Onfarm has supplied data that all parties use to maximize water and nutrient resources with minimal environmental impact. In this interview, Mr. Neill tells Irrigation Leader about his…