Irrigation Leader
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    Special Issue Happy 70th Birthday, Commissioner Johnson!

    By Kris Polly Commissioner, we wish you a very happy 70th birthday!  Enclosed are well wishes from some of the many people you have worked with and helped over the years in so many important ways. All are proud to be your friend and grateful for what you have done for them.  Serving as your deputy commissioner afforded me the opportunity to see you interact with people in countless meetings on numerous issues. The experience was like a boot camp training course on how to be a proper manager of people; how to be an effective problem solver; and, most importantly, how to treat others at all levels of the…

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    Volume 12 Issue 6 June Washington State Edition Roger Sonnichsen of the Quincy– Columbia Basin Irrigation District

    By Kris Polly  In this month’s Washington State edition, we speak with Roger Sonnichsen, the general manager of the Quincy– Columbia Basin Irrigation District (QCBID). Mr. Sonnichsen’s professional experience spans working for the state government, for Reclamation, and as a consultant for water resources planning, all of which has built his thorough knowledge and skill set. By constantly improving QCBID’s infrastructure, cultivating great employees, and carefully planning for years ahead, Mr. Sonnichsen is building the district’s future.  This month, we also look at New Zealand irrigation, which is known for innovation and adaptation. Vanessa Winning, who has been CEO of the industry organization Irrigation New Zealand since October 2020, tells…

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    Volume 12 Issue 6 June Arizona Edition Sandy Fabritz: Bringing Communities Together for Water at Freeport- McMoRan

    By Kris Polly Freeport-McMoRan, based in Phoenix, Arizona, is a global leader in mining and operates some of the largest mines in Arizona and across the nation. In addition to being a business leader, Freeport-McMoRan lends careful attention to its operations’ effects on the environment, water resources, and local communities. In this month’s cover interview, Freeport-McMoRan’s director of water strategy, Sandy Fabritz, talks with us about the company’s impressive sustainability efforts.  This month, we also look at New Zealand irrigation, which is known for innovation and adaptation. Vanessa Winning, who has been CEO of the industry organization Irrigation New Zealand since October 2020, tells us about the importance of understanding…

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    Volume 12 Issue 6 June Vanessa Winning of Irrigation New Zealand: Bringing a Holistic Perspective to Irrigated Agriculture

    By Kris Polly New Zealanders are money smart and are willing to embrace advantageous new ideas. This makes New Zealand both a source of new technology for the world and an attractive market for businesses in the United States and elsewhere.  In our cover interview this month, Vanessa Winning, who has been CEO of the industry organization Irrigation New Zealand since October 2020, tells us about the importance of understanding irrigation as something that supports entire communities.  We also speak with Craig Evans of the Morven Glenavy Ikawai Irrigation Scheme (MGI), headquartered in Glenavy, New Zealand, and Emrgy Australasia Sales Manager Sheridan Douglas about MGI’s pilot installation of Emrgy hydroturbines,…

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    Volume 12 Issue 5 May Arizona Edition Chairwoman Amelia Flores of the Colorado River Indian Tribes

    By Kris Polly Amelia Flores is a longtime councilmember and public servant of the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT), and in 2020, she became the first woman to be elected chair of CRIT’s Tribal Council. In our cover story, Chairwoman Flores tells us about her responsibilities as chairwoman, CRIT’s irrigation infrastructure, and its recent proposal for federal legislation to allow it to lease its Colorado River water off its reservation.  In this month’s Irrigation Leader, we also bring you the fascinating stories of our country’s small irrigation districts. Two of those districts are in Texas: Meredith Allen and Caroline Runge, the current and outgoing managers of Texas’s Menard County Water…

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    Volume 12 Issue 5 May Menard County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1: Revitalizing a 280-Year-Old Canal

    By Kris Polly The beauty of American agriculture lies not just in its epic magnitude and immense productivity, but in the fact that it so often has a local and small-scale character. Small and family farms are integral to U.S. agriculture; so too are small local irrigation districts and water companies. In this month’s Irrigation Leader, we bring you some of their stories.  In our cover story, we interview Meredith Allen and Caroline Runge, the current and outgoing managers of Texas’s Menard County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1, which is working to repair its historic irrigation canal, built by the Spanish in 1756, and to revitalize irrigated agriculture…

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    Volume 12 Issue 5 May Washington State Edition An Attorney Who Knows Ag From the Inside

    By Kris Polly  Toni Meacham is a highly respected ag and water attorney in central Washington State. She is also an active, fifth-generation rancher. Her personal and family background as well as her legal training gives her and insider’s knowledge of ag and water law, making her a highly effective advocate for Washington agriculture.  In this month’s Irrigation Leader, we also bring you the fascinating stories of our country’s small irrigation districts. Two of those districts are in Texas: Meredith Allen and Caroline Runge, the current and outgoing managers of Texas’s Menard County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1, are working to repair the district’s historic irrigation canal, built…

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    Volume 12 Issue 4 April Jack Russell and Sylvia Johnson: Advancing Groundwater Management at the Middle Republican Natural Resources District

    By Kris Polly Irrigation water managers in this nation have a difficult job and carry it out well. They keep systems in good repair, solve problems, and track water use and effects on the environment. In addition to the day-to-day management and maintenance of their systems, they are also always looking for the next big improvement they can make to their systems to make their jobs easier in the long run.  Nebraska’s Middle Republican Natural Resources District (MRNRD), which manages water and natural resources issues across more than four counties, including Hayes County, where my family has farmed for five generations, is implementing thousands of McCrometer telemetry meters on its…

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    Volume 12 Issue 4 April Washington State Edition Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers: Representing Eastern Washington on the Energy and Commerce Committee

    . By Kris Polly  In this month’s Washington State edition of Irrigation Leader, I am pleased to present an interview of Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers carried out by Washington State Water Resources Association Executive Director Tom Myrum. In it, Tom asks Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers about her priorities as ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and about her advocacy for water and hydropower in Washington State.  Nebraska’s Middle Republican Natural Resources District (MRNRD), which manages water and natural resources issues across more than four counties, including Hayes County, where my family has farmed for five generations, is implementing thousands of McCrometer telemetry meters on its wells and across…

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    Volume 12 Issue 4 April Arizona Edition Speaker Rusty Bowers on Prospects for Water Management in Arizona

    By Kris Polly Arizona’s irrigated agriculture is a national treasure that supplies much of this nation’s winter produce. I am pleased to be launching a new Arizona edition of Irrigation Leader, and in this inaugural issue, I am pleased to feature an interview with Arizona House of Representatives Speaker Russell “Rusty” Bowers, a fourth-generation Arizonan who knows water issues in his home state well. Speaker Bowers tells us about the importance of careful water management amid conditions of explosive population growth, about conflicts on the Colorado River, and about his legislative aims on water management.  Nebraska’s Middle Republican Natural Resources District (MRNRD), which manages water and natural resources issues across…