Volume 13 Issue 8 September

The Equipment Issue 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 […]

Volume 13 Issue 7 July/August

The Finance Issue By Kris Polly Irrigation districts are not usually awash in cash, yet they face high capital expenses for the construction and maintenance of major infrastructure projects. In this issue, we take a look at the different budgeting methods and funding mechanisms that can help them fulfill their missions.  First, in our cover […]

Volume 13 Issue 7 July/August

Introducing Nebraska’s New Congressman By Kris Polly This month, we have the privilege of presenting an interview with Nebraska’s newest member of Congress, Mike Flood. Congressman Flood, who was elected in a June special election, tells us his thoughts on irrigated agriculture and how he plans to support his constituents in Washington, DC.  We also […]

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 7 July/August

Finding New Revenue Sources and Planning Finances By Kris Polly In this month’s cover feature, Greenfields Irrigation District Manager Erling Juel tells us about his organization’s plan to build several hydropower plants and to put the revenue gained toward funding repairs, modernization, and water conservation.  We also speak with Congressman Dan Newhouse of Washington State […]

Volume 13 Issue 7 July/August

The Finance Issue By Kris Polly Irrigation districts are not usually awash in cash, yet they face high capital expenses for the construction and maintenance of major infrastructure projects. In this issue, we take a look at the different budgeting methods and funding mechanisms that can help them fulfill their missions.  In this month’s cover […]

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, […]

Volume 13 Issue 6 June

An Advocate for Montana Irrigated Agriculture 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 […]

Volume 13 Issue 7 July/August

Bringing Experience to Water Conservation By Kris Polly In our cover feature this month, we interview Vicky Bloomer, the owner and director of DROP Consulting. Ms. Bloomer’s long experience with irrigated agriculture at the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, an irrigation company, and Irrigation New Zealand, has given her a multifaceted view of the climatic, economic, […]

Volume 13 Issue 6 June

Seeing Irrigated Ag From the Family Farm Point of View 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 […]