Irrigation Leader
  • Featured,  Interview

    The Aquatic Vegetation Rake: The Green Solution to Canal Waterweeds

    Bill Fuchs of Maximized Water Management is the inventor of the Aquatic Vegetation Rake (AVR), an excavator-mounted tool that removes waterweeds from canals without damaging their banks or requiring dewatering. By completely removing waterweeds, the AVR improves downstream water quality and reduces subsequent regrowth. In this interview, Mr. Fuchs tells us about the origins of the AVR, the results it gets, and why more and more clients are coming to see that the device really is as good as he says. 

  • Featured,  Interview

    Bryce Evans of Evans Equipment: Reliable Refurbished Heavy Equipment for Irrigation Districts

    We all know that buying a car can be expensive and stressful. Now imagine buying a several-million-dollar bulldozer or excavator! Missouri-based Evans Equipment lowers both the cost and the anxiety level by refurbishing mid-life heavy equipment that it acquires from trusted sources in the United States and around the world. It then rebuilds it, sometimes from the frame up, and sells it to clients that include irrigation districts. This can save customers 40–50 percent on the cost of a new machine. In this interview, Evans Equipment Co-owner Bryce Evans tells us more. 

  • Flipbook

    Volume 13 Issue 8 September

    By Kris Polly To build and maintain large networks of canals, laterals, and pipelines spanning many miles of territory, irrigation districts rely on fleets of vehicles and heavy equipment, which they must successfully and cost-effectively acquire, maintain, keep track of, and retire. This month, we focus on those assets. First, in our cover story, we speak with Bryce Evans, the co-owner of Missouri-based Evans Equipment, which acquires good-quality late-model heavy equipment from around the world, strips it down in most cases to the bare frame, and rebuilds it. Buying rehabilitated equipment from Evans can save customers 40–50 percent of the cost of new machines.  Next, we speak with Bill Fuchs,…

  • Flipbook,  Montana State

    Volume 13 Issue 8 September Montana Edition

    By Kris Polly To build and maintain large networks of canals, laterals, and pipelines spanning many miles of territory, irrigation districts rely on fleets of vehicles and heavy equipment, which they must successfully and cost-effectively acquire, maintain, keep track of, and retire. This month, we focus on those assets.  First, we bring you a profile of Austin Knudsen, who brings extensive experience in irrigated agriculture and as a state legislator to his current position as the attorney general of Montana. Mr. Knudsen speaks with us about the definition of Waters of the United States, the Endangered Species Act, and other matters of national importance.  Turning to equipment, we speak with…

  • Flipbook

    Volume 13 Issue 8 September Nebraska Edition

    By Kris Polly To build and maintain large networks of canals, laterals, and pipelines spanning many miles of territory, irrigation districts rely on fleets of vehicles and heavy equipment, which they must successfully and cost-effectively acquire, maintain, keep track of, and retire. This month, we focus on those assets.  First, we speak with Jack Russell and Sylvia Johnson, the general manager and assistant manager of the Middle Republican Natural Resources District, about their groundwater management and telemetry projects and how they are helping farmers make their water use more efficient and sustainable.  Turning to equipment, we speak with Bryce Evans, the co-owner of Missouri-based Evans Equipment, which acquires good-quality late-model…

  • Flipbook,  Washington State

    Volume 13 Issue 8 September Washington State Edition

    By Kris Polly To build and maintain large networks of canals, laterals, and pipelines spanning many miles of territory, irrigation districts rely on fleets of vehicles and heavy equipment, which they must successfully and cost-effectively acquire, maintain, keep track of, and retire. This month, we focus on those assets.  First, we bring you a profile of John Stuhlmiller, who brings extensive experience in the Washington legislature and the Farm Bureau to his new position as executive director of the Washington State Water Resources Association.  Turning to equipment, we speak with Bryce Evans, the co-owner of Missouri-based Evans Equipment, which acquires good-quality late-model heavy equipment from around the world, strips it…

  • Featured,  Interview,  Washington State

    Glenn Grette: Permitting and Fish-Friendly Design in the Pacific Northwest

    In central Washington, state and federal regulations protect several species of endangered salmon and steelhead. Grette Associates helps clients solve permitting issues related to fisheries ecology, habitat restoration and mitigation, impact assessment, study design, and environmental documentation. Irrigation Leader spoke with company principal and senior fisheries biologist Glenn Grette on his company’s work, including its recent collaboration with the Kennewick Irrigation District (KID) on the Yakima River. 

  • Featured,  Interview

    How the Colorado Water Trust Uses Market-Based Agreements to Benefit Rivers and Irrigators

    The Colorado Water Trust makes agreements with water rights holders to buy or lease water to keep in the state’s rivers and streams. It negotiates deals with water rights holders—usually farmers and ranchers, who own 85 percent of the water in Colorado—to obtain rights for instream flow. The approach benefits farmers, fish, and everyone who depends on healthy rivers. Andy Schultheiss, the executive director of the Colorado Water Trust, tells us more. 

  • Featured,  Interview

    Tapping Opportunities at the Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART Program Reduce Workload and Raise Funds

    The Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART program includes a wide variety of funding opportunities for water efficiency, drought resilience, watershed management, and water reuse. Over the next 5 years, WaterSMART will disburse an additional $1.9 billion thanks to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, commonly known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. In this interview, Josh German, the coordinator of WaterSMART Grants, and Dean Marrone, the manager of Reclamation’s Water Resources and Planning Office, give us the inside scoop on the different WaterSMART programs and provide advice to irrigation districts on how to put together a successful application. 

  • Featured,  Interview

    How Kennewick Irrigation District’s Administrative Fees Reduce Workload and Raise Funds

    Kennewick Irrigation District (KID) is located in the rapidly growing Tri-Cities area of Central Washington. In response to the ballooning of administrative tasks related to urbanization and property transfers, KID instituted several administrative fees and set up a web portal to supply relevant information to title companies. In this interview, KID Secretary and District Manager Chuck Freeman explains how a judicious introduction of service fees can improve service levels, reduce workload, and raise money.