Volume 13 Issue 10 Nov/Dec AZ

With levels in Lakes Powell and Mead continuing to sink, the Colorado basin drought is still top of mind for everyone in the American West.

Volume 13 Issue 9 October

Irrigation districts own and operate major infrastructure and powerful machines, but their greatest assets are their employees. That being the case, it is just as important

Volume 13 Issue 7 July/August

Cost Crunches and Financial Planning By Kris Polly The drought-driven reduction in hydropower production in the Colorado basin and the increasing costs of hydroelectricity and alternate power sources threatens to create a perfect storm for Arizona irrigation districts and irrigated producers. In our cover interview this month, Ed Gerak, the executive director of the Irrigation […]

Volume 13 Issue 6 June

Updating Infrastructure, Securing Water Supplies, and Preserving Ag 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, […]

Donovan Neese: 100 Years of Irrigated Agriculture at the Roosevelt Irrigation District

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. Irrigation Leader spoke with Superintendent Donovan Neese […]

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 […]

Volume 13 Issue 5 May

Revolutionary Drip Technology Comes to Arizona By Kris Polly Israeli company N-Drip recently moved its U.S. headquarters to Arizona, where it aims to transform existing flood irrigation into drip irrigation that does not need filters or pumps. N-Drip’s U.S. vice president for business development, Uri Segev, tells us about how N-Drip is helping farmers in […]

Volume 13 Issue 4 April

Introducing the Managers Issue By Kris Polly The success and flourishing of an irrigation district depend on many things—weather, funding, upkeep, modernization, and planning, for instance—but perhaps no factor counts as much as does a good manager. A manager must know their district’s distinctive characteristics and challenges, their employees, and their board. And they must […]

Volume 13 Issue 3 March

Responding to the Drought on the Colorado By Kris Polly As Arizona irrigators know, the tier 1 cuts to Colorado River water deliveries are starting to bite. The drought on the Colorado is a deadly serious affair. This month, we are pleased to feature a column by United States Senator Mark Kelly, whose Colorado River […]

Volume 13 Issue 2 February

130 Years of Family History in the Buckeye Valley By Kris Polly Noel Carter, the general manager of Arizona’s Buckeye Water Conservation and Drainage District, has a family history in the Buckeye Valley that goes back to the 1890s. Today, the district he leads provides water and drainage services to local farmers and is helping […]