Irrigation Leader
  • Featured,  Interview,  Washington State

    John Stuhlmiller of the Washington State Water Resources Association: A Voice for Irrigation Districts

    The Washington State Water Resources Association (WSWRA) advocates for water districts, including those of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Columbia Basin and Yakima Projects, to ensure that they can continue to deliver water to their customers. In this interview, Irrigation Leader speaks with the association’s new executive director, John Stuhlmiller, a former lobbyist for the Farm Bureau, about what he wants to achieve in his new position. 

  • 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. 

  • Flipbook,  Washington State

    Volume 13 Issue 7 July/August Washington State Edition

    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 feature, we interview Congressman Dan Newhouse about his support for Washington agriculture and his role in moving forward title transfer, including the recent title transfer obtained by the Kennewick Irrigation District (KID). We also interview Rick Reinders, the co-CEO of Watertronics, a Wisconsin-based manufacturer of a wide variety of pump stations, control panels, and telemetry products for the…

  • Featured,  Interview,  Washington State

    Congressman Dan Newhouse: Supporting Irrigated Ag in Central Washington State

    The Yakima River basin is one of the most productive and intensively irrigated agricultural areas of the United States. Farmers there raise cattle and grow apples, cherries, grapes, pears, and hay. In this interview, Dan Newhouse, who represents Washington’s Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, discusses the importance of irrigated ag to the region and talks about his recent legislation simplifying the title transfer process and putting local districts in the driver’s seat. 

  • Flipbook,  Washington State

    Volume 13 Issue 6 June Washington State Edition

    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 crop farm efficiently by reusing water and making use of technologies like efficient sprinklers, satellite imagery, and variable-rate application.  The rest of this month’s issue focuses on California’s Central Valley, one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. Established in 1887, Turlock Irrigation District was the first irrigation district in California. General Manager Michelle Reimers tells us about how today, it is actively…

  • Featured,  Interview,  Washington State

    The Sheehan Family of Washington State: On Dairy Farming, Irrigated Agriculture, and the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan

    On their dairy farm in Yakima County, Washington, Karen, and Jason Sheehan raise their children in the same farming way of life in which they were raised. But they conduct their day-to-day operations with an eye toward the future. Irrigation Leader spoke with Karen and Jason Sheehan about using water wisely and collaborating with other water users to implement the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan (YBIP). 

  • Featured,  Interview,  Washington State

    Norman Semanko: Practicing Water Law in the Pacific Northwest

    Norman Semanko brings more than 30 years of experience with water resources and regulatory issues to his work as the water law practice group leader in the Pacific Northwest Region for Parsons Behle & Latimer. Irrigation Leader spoke with him about his work representing irrigation districts and canal companies in the complex practice of modern water law. 

  • Flipbook,  Washington State

    Volume 13 Issue 5 May Washington State Edition

    By Kris Polly For this month’s cover story, we speak with Norman Semanko, who brings more than 30 years of experience with water resources and regulatory issues to his work as the water law practice group leader in the Pacific Northwest Region for Parsons Behle & Latimer. He tells us about his work and the trends affecting irrigated agriculture, irrigation districts, and canal companies today.  We also learn about several new developments in horticulture. First, we speak with Mathias Levarek, the CEO of Agrotonomy, which manufactures aeroponic tower farms that drizzle plant roots with nutrients and water. Next, we speak with Dr. Trentee Bush, Jill Heemstra, and Richard M. Wright…

  • 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…