The Water Zone
Growin’ with Scott Bowen

Growin’ with Scott Bowen

February 23, 2021

Featured guest Scott Bowen, Director of Water Management for Outdoor Systems Management, discusses his involvement in designing, installing and maintaining many prominent PGA golf courses and Major League Baseball sports complexes. Scott addresses how precision irrigation maintenance plays an extremely important role in preparing fields before play and the types of soils, grasses and other irrigation components that are utilized to enhance the action on the field.

(Podcast recorded on February 18, 2021)

Whitcher the Fixer

Whitcher the Fixer

February 18, 2021

Brian Whitcher, District Sales Manager for The Toro Company shares the ways that technology has become a driving force in the development of water efficient irrigation products. He discusses the critical impact that landscape contractors, irrigation distributors and end users’ have on the adoption and application of new smart irrigation products and explores the unique irrigation needs in one of his largest territories.

(Podcast recorded on February 11, 2021)

Mr. Chick

Mr. Chick

February 11, 2021

Featured guest, Greg Chick, an author, landscape contractor, teacher, certified irrigation auditor and successful plumber, discusses his book All About Water: As Told By The Plumber Who’s Seen It All. Greg explores the need for a deeper understanding of water conservation among consumers and how water systems really work.

(Podcast recorded on February 3, 2021)

The Water Notebook

The Water Notebook

February 3, 2021

Featured guest Chris Austin, purveyor of Maven's Notebook, a California water blog discusses how a water war on the King's River could alter the valley as we know it. Austin also shares that 1.6 million California households are facing water shutoffs due to COVID-19 and how this serious public concern is being addressed. Finally, Austin sheds light on how atmospheric rivers bringing fierce rain storms are impacting the west.

(Podcast recorded on January 28, 2021)

Filled House

Filled House

January 20, 2021

Featured guests: Mary Eggert, Executive Director of Global Water Works, Gary Wong, Principal of Global Water Industry at OsiSoft, and Mariyana Spyropoulos, District Commissioner Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. Our guests discuss the future of water and approaches to help communities accelerate resilience against floods, natural disasters and climate change.

(Podcast recorded on January 14, 2021)

Soil is Life

Soil is Life

January 13, 2021

Featured guest Kathy Kellogg Johnson, Chairwoman of Kellogg Garden Products discusses rebuilding the earth with organic soil. Johnson describes how soil contains life and that re-energizing soil helps the earth reduce dangerous methane and increase the agriculture production.

(Podcast recorded on January 8, 2021)

Upper Water Management

Upper Water Management

January 11, 2021

Featured guests were John McPhee, General Manager and Dan Winterton, Director of Marketing of the Toro Irrigation and Lighting division. McPhee and Winterton discussed their division's sustainability mission which includes their commitment to responsible environmental practices as well as assisting customers in enhancing the health of their landscapes and our planet's eco system. Through their award winning product innovations, education activities, industry and public outreach, they are partnering with water agencies throughout the world helping to define, teach and instill world-class water management techniques to irrigation.

(Podcast recorded on December 17, 2020)

CEO and Chairperson of Sustainability

CEO and Chairperson of Sustainability

December 11, 2020

Special guests, Rick Olson, President and CEO of The Toro Company, and Angie Snavely, Director and Assistant General Counsel, Sustainability Chairperson for The Toro Company, discuss the company’s mission and current activity around sustainability and water conservation.

(Podcast recorded on December 10, 2020)

Hellas, Fellas

Hellas, Fellas

November 23, 2020

Rob De Thomas, General Manager of Hellas Construction. Hellas Construction company is the largest sports complex construction company in the US. Mr. De Thomas discusses the significant growth in synthetic turf and explains the newest technologies utilized for the installation of synthetic turf.  In addition, he discusses how they work with their clients to detail pertinent information about drainage, maintenance and the differences in synthetic turf used for soccer, baseball, football, track and etc.

(Podcast recorded on November 19, 2020)

Up to Standards

Up to Standards

November 23, 2020

Special guest Scott Rowan, Director of Asset Management for DMB Community Life, Inc. California and Arizona communities shares landscape and water issues that face daily scrutiny. Scott explains his work with landscape contractors to establish guidelines for how work should be performed and measured. He also comments on what he sees as the future of landscapes.

(Podcast recorded on November 12, 2020)

Hall of Famers

Hall of Famers

November 9, 2020

Featured guests Don and Dave Hendrickson, recent inductees to the Green Industry Hall of Fame, detail their 50 year history in the irrigation and agriculture industries. They describe how they launched Hendrickson Brothers Irrigation Distribution and the many state of the art irrigation products they designed such as pressure regulators, drip irrigation manifolds and flow control regulators.

(Podcast recorded on November 5, 2020)

Burgess is Our Guest

Burgess is Our Guest

October 30, 2020

Featured guest is Brandon Burgess, Conservation Specialist from Chino Basin Water Conservation District. Brandon discusses water conservation methods and technologies as well as their specialized education courses that are presented to both homeowners and landscape professionals at their facilities. He also speaks about the special programs they offer to perform free irrigation system site audits for their district's homeowners and commercial property owners.

(Podcast recorded on October 22, 2020)

Water like Gold

Water like Gold

October 19, 2020

Featured guest, Merav Ben-David PhD, an ecologist in Wyoming, and candidate for the U.S. Senate, discusses how climate change will affect the world's water availability. She also details her studies on how the California and Wyoming fires greatly diminish critical water supplies and what we need to do to preserve our most precious resource.

(Podcast recorded on October 15, 2020)

Giving Back with Purpose

Giving Back with Purpose

October 9, 2020

Featured guest is John McIntyre, managing director for the American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact. They are a division of American Family Insurance that operates as a venture capital investment company. The institute invests in visionary start-up entrepreneurs who are building a scalable social enterprise in the areas of economic opportunity, healthy youth development, learning and achievement and resilient communities. 

(Podcast recorded on October 8, 2020)

Blue Ops

Blue Ops

October 5, 2020

Featured guest was Mr. Ghassan Korban, Executive Director of the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board.  Korban provides a history and current status of the organization and addresses how they are building resilience in the face of a changing climate into their working operations.  He describes the repetitive flooding conditions of the city, the broken water and sewerage pipelines, and the antiquated 100 year old pumping systems, and what actions they are taking to help meet the demanding conditions.

(Podcast recorded on October 1, 2020)

When Sparks Fly…

When Sparks Fly…

September 21, 2020

Featured guest Elliot Grossbard from the Global Water Solutions Connect organization joins The Water Zone to address outside the box technologies that could couple water and energy together to solve significant water issues. Elliot also discusses how atmospheric water harvesting systems could be utilized to help reduce forest fires caused by high voltage electrical tower sparking.

(Podcast recorded on September 17, 2020)

Back on Aquatrac

Back on Aquatrac

September 16, 2020

Featured guest Jim Kauth, President of Aquatrac, Inc., located in Arizona, describes many stories of both HOAs and commercial property owners that have experienced extremely high water bills.  Aquatrac provides both irrigation, horticulture and arborist consultation to help develop a proper water management solution for property owners.  As a certified water manager, Jim also explains about various city’s rules pertaining to irrigation, turf and available rebates for utilizing EPA WaterSense-certified products.

(Podcast recorded on September 10, 2020)

Desmond in the Rough

Desmond in the Rough

August 17, 2020

Featured guest was Lou Desmond, President of Desmond and Louis with offices in California and Washington. Lou discusses the serious flooding that Washington experiences and how mitigation by lawmakers is not resolving the issue.  He states that many legislators want to take property from homeowners utilizing emanate domain practices and obtain those properties with little payments to the property owners. He shares how more water storage facilities need to be built in the state.

(Podcast recorded on August 13, 2020)