Municipal Water Leader
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    A Remarkable Achievement: Metropolitan’s Jeffrey Kightlinger on the DCP

    The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a state-established cooperative of 26 member agencies, including cities and public water agencies, that serve about 19 million people across 5,200 square miles stretching from Oxnard to San Diego. One of Metropolitan’s major sources of water is the Colorado River, water from which is conveyed to the Los Angeles area via a 242-mile aqueduct built by Metropolitan. As such, Metropolitan has a crucial interest in the future of the Colorado River, and it played a part in negotiating the recently executed drought contingency plan (DCP). In this interview, Jeffrey Kightlinger of Metropolitan speaks with Municipal Water Leader Editor-in-Chief Kris Polly about the…

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    Implementing the DCP in Arizona: Tom Buschatzke of the ADWR

    The Colorado River supplies nearly 40 percent of Arizona’s water use, providing water through the Central Arizona Project (CAP) to farmers, municipalities, and tribal water users. CAP’s service area covers Arizona’s biggest cities, including Tucson and Phoenix, as well as nine Native American tribes and the productive agricultural land around Yuma. Given the crucial role of the Colorado River in supporting Arizona’s population and industry, the state had a strong interest in a robust and effective Drought Contingency Plan (DCP). In this interview, Tom Buschatzke of the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) speaks withIrrigation Leader Managing Editor Joshua Dill about the planning and implementation of the DCP in Arizona.

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    The View From the Upper Basin: Wyoming’s Pat Tyrrell on the DCP

    The states of the upper Colorado River basin—Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming—have longstanding agreements among themselves to curtail Colorado River water use in situations of need. However, because there are thousands of upper basin water users, in contrast to the relatively small number of water contractors and rights holders in the lower basin, this is no simple task. As a consequence, upper basin states like Wyoming have a strong use in protecting the overall resilience of the Colorado River system so as to avoid the need to curtail use. In this interview, Pat Tyrrell, Wyoming’s recently retired state engineer, speaks with Municipal Water Leader Managing Editor Joshua Dill about…

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    Conserving a Crucial Water Source: John Entsminger of the Southern Nevada Water Authority

    Nevada is allotted only 1.8 percent of the Colorado River water used by the seven Colorado basin states and Mexico, but it is perhaps the state most reliant on its allotment. This comparatively small amount of water is the predominant water source for the Las Vegas Valley, where most of the state’s population lives. The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), the region’s water wholesaler, has responded to this predicament with aggressive water conservation efforts. It also played a major part in Nevada’s negotiation of the Drought Contingency Plan (DCP), the seven-state agreement that was just signed into federal law. In this interview, SNWA General ManagerJohn Entsminger speaks with Irrigation Leader Managing Editor Joshua…

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    Commissioner Brenda Burman: The Promise of the DCP

    On May 20, 2019, representatives of the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Reclamation, key water districts, and the seven Colorado River basin states gathered at the top of Hoover Dam to sign the Drought Contingency Plan (DCP), an ambitious agreement designed to reduce risk on the Colorado River and sustain the river system into the future. As the federal agency responsible for water management in the West, Reclamation played a pivotal role in helping to facilitate the development and successful passage of the DCP at the federal level. In this interview, Brenda Burman, the commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, speaks with Municipal Water Leader Editor-in-Chief Kris Polly about the…

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    What Local Entities Should Know About Working With the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

    T he U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has significant flood control responsibilities, both during times of preparation and during emergency events. During floods, it cooperates with state, county, and local governments, diking districts and levee boards, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other entities. Steve Stockton, a senior advisor to the National Water Resources Association (NWRA) and Water Strategies, worked for the Army Corps for 41 years. In this conversation with Municipal Water Leader Managing Editor Joshua Dill, Mr. Stockton details how the Army Corps works to respond to floods and what local entities should know about working with it.

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    The Nebraska Legislature’s Role in Flood Prevention

    W hen historic floods recently hit Nebraska, the state’s legislature, executive branch, local governments, and regional entities all worked together to respond and to rebuild. As one element in the rebuilding process, the Nebraska Legislature passed LB 177, a bill to extend the bonding authority of the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District (NRD) and allow it to carry out more flood control projects. State Senator Brett Lindstrom was the sponsor of LB 177. In this interview with Municipal Water Leader Managing Editor Joshua Dill, Senator Lindstrom explains the role of the unicameral Nebraska Legislature in the flood control process and how the legislature works with the state’s NRDs.  

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    Supporting Nebraska’s NRDs in Their Flood Response

    T he state of Nebraska has a unique system of 23 natural resources districts (NRDs) that handle water quantity and quality issues, soil-erosion control, flood prevention, and other environmental concerns across the state. The Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD) is the trade association representing the NRDs, primarily before the state legislature and executive branch agencies. In this interview, Dean Edson, executive director of NARD, speaks with Municipal Water Leader Managing Editor Joshua Dill about the NRDs’ response to the catastrophic flooding that recently hit Nebraska and what NARD has done to support them.  

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    Infrastructure Success on Salt Creek

    N ebraska’s recent floods devastated the areas around the Missouri, the Platte, and Nebraska’s other major rivers. Lincoln, the state capital, however, emerged relatively unscathed. Part of the reason for this was the successful performance of the flood control structures on the Salt Creek. These structures are operated by the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District (NRD). In this interview, Paul Zillig, general manager of the Lower Platte South NRD, speaks with Municipal Water Leader Managing Editor Joshua Dill about the district’s experiences during the flood event and its lessons learned.  

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    Preparing for and Fighting a Record-Breaking Flood The Papio-Missouri NRD

    T he Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District (NRD) is located on the Missouri River near the city of Omaha, Nebraska. The district is also bordered by the state’s other two major rivers, the Elkhorn and the Platte. The district has broad responsibilities managing the area’s natural resources, including flood planning and control. In this interview, John Winkler, general manager of the Papio-Missouri River NRD, speaks with Municipal Water Leader Editor-in-Chief Kris Polly about the record-breaking flooding his district suffered earlier this year and how he and his staff responded to the event.