Volume 14 Issue 2 February WA

While New Zealand may seem very far away from Washington State, the issues faced by irrigated farmers in both locations can be surprisingly similar.

Volume 14 Issue 1 January WA

While New Zealand may seem very far away from Washington State, the issues faced by irrigated farmers in both locations can be surprisingly similar.

Volume 13 Issue 10 Nov/Dec WA

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

Since her appointment as the regional director for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Columbia-Pacific Northwest Region in May, Jennifer Carrington has made a point of visiting and getting to know irrigation districts

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]