Irrigation Leader
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    Volume 13 Issue 4 April

    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 have a clear vision of the future and what it will take to bring their district success.  This month, we bring you our first Managers Issue since January 2020. In this issue, we interview 21 managers, hailing from across the western United States and even across the world, about their top issues, their training and safety programs, the lessons…

  • Flipbook,  Washington State

    Volume 13 Issue 4 April Washington State Edition

    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 have a clear vision of the future and what it will take to bring their district success.  This month, we bring you our first Managers Issue since January 2020. In this issue, we interview 21 managers, hailing from across the western United States and even across the world, about their top issues, their training and safety programs, the lessons…

  • Flipbook,  New Zealand

    Volume 13 Issue 4 April New Zealand Edition

    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 have a clear vision of the future and what it will take to bring their district success.  This month, we bring you our first Managers Issue since January 2020. In this issue, we interview 21 managers, hailing from across the western United States and even across the world, about their top issues, their training and safety programs, the lessons…

  • Arizona Edition,  Flipbook

    Volume 13 Issue 4 April Arizona Edition

    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 have a clear vision of the future and what it will take to bring their district success.  This month, we bring you our first Managers Issue since January 2020. In this issue, we interview 21 managers, hailing from across the western United States and even across the world, about their top issues, their training and safety programs, the lessons…

  • Arizona Edition,  Flipbook

    Volume 13 Issue 3 March Arizona Edition

    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 Indian Tribes Water Resiliency Act would help free up more Colorado River water for irrigation.  We also look at the tier 1 cuts from the district perspective. This year, the Maricopa-Stanfield Irrigation and Drainage District (MSIDD), based outside Phoenix, will receive only about one-third of its previous water allocation. We talk with MSIDD Director of Water Operations Tony Solano about the district’s…

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    Volume 13 Issue 3 March

    By Kris Polly This month, we are pleased to bring you an interview with the 24th commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, Camille Calimlim Touton. Ms. Touton is from Nevada and is a well-known friend of the western water community. She has many years of experience in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the House Natural Resources Committee, and she previously served as the deputy assistant secretary for water and science in the U.S. Department of the Interior. In our cover interview, Ms. Touton tells us about her priorities as commissioner, chief among them implementing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.  Next is another interview with a top-level water professional,…

  • Flipbook,  New Zealand

    Volume 13 Issue 3 March New Zealand Edition

    By Kris Polly This month, we are pleased to feature Waimate District Mayor Craig Rowley in our cover story. Water is the lifeblood of this highly agricultural district, and Mayor Rowley gives us a good sense of how national regulations and reform proposals are affecting it on a local level. We also bring you several stories of U.S. water management policy. The new commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, Camille Calimlim Touton, is from Nevada and is a well-known friend of the western water community. She has many years of experience in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the House Natural Resources Committee, and she previously served as…

  • Flipbook,  Washington State

    Volume 13 Issue 3 March Washington State Edition

    By Kris Polly While this magazine often focuses on central Washington, east of the Cascades, there is also important irrigated agriculture to the west. This month, we speak with Jenna Friebel, the executive director of the Skagit County Drainage and Irrigation Districts Consortium, about how her agency helps support the 12 special purpose districts that provide dike, drainage, and irrigation improvements to growers in Skagit County. This month, we are also pleased to bring you an interview with the 24th commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, Camille Calimlim Touton. Ms. Touton is from Nevada and is a well-known friend of the western water community. She has many years of experience…

  • Arizona Edition,  Flipbook

    Volume 13 Issue 2 February Arizona Edition

    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 them continue their success into the future by addressing challenges including alkali damage, urbanization, competing demands on local water, and fluctuating power prices. This year, Nebraska’s national resources districts (NRDs) are celebrating a half-century of achievements in soil and water conservation work with open houses, events, and more, as we learn in our cover interview with Dean Edson, the executive director of the Nebraska…

  • Flipbook,  Washington State

    Volume 13 Issue 2 February Washington State Edition

    By Kris Polly Anna Franz is a Moses Lake–based attorney with a family-farm background and long experience in water law and municipal law, including significant work with irrigation district clients and work as a young attorney with the great Richard Lemargie. In our cover story, she tells us about her background, her current work, and the trends she expects to affect irrigation districts in the future.  This year, Nebraska’s national resources districts (NRDs) are celebrating a half-century of achievements in soil and water conservation work with open houses, events, and more, as we learn in our cover interview with Dean Edson, the executive director of the Nebraska Association of Resources…