The Water Zone
Let’s Get Local

Let’s Get Local

May 23, 2022

Guest Catlow Shipek, founder of the Wetlands Management Group (WMG) in Tuscan, AZ, provides an overview of the advocacy, stewardship and ecological projects they lead. Notably the project to restore Tanque Verde Creek by eradicating the very invasive Arundo Donax reed. WMG also specializes in training and managing the “hydro-local" movement, a concept that promotes activities to help ensure water security and resilience for residential and commercial properties.

Podcast recorded on May 19, 2022

Tip-Talk!

Tip-Talk!

May 20, 2022

Get an update on all the latest water news and answers to your questions. Chris and Rob introduce Tip-Talk, to respond to irrigation questions from listeners. Topics cover everything from drip irrigation to spray bodies & nozzles.

Podcast recorded on May 12, 2022

Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge

Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge

April 26, 2022

Representatives from the City of Westminster, the 2021 Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge winner, join Wyland Foundation’s Steve Creech and Municipal Water District of Orange County’s Tiffany Baca to spotlight the 2022 Mayor’s Challenge. In addition, the team discusses the planning and implementation of a newly created pocket park designed in cooperation with The Toro Company to highlight water efficiency.

Podcast recorded on April 21, 2022

The War for Water

The War for Water

April 21, 2022

Special guests, Peter Gleick, President Emeritus and Sr. Fellow of the Pacific Institute, and Travis Loop, president of Loop Communications, explore the long history of conflict over water.  From ancient history to modern times, whether used as a resource or a weapon, precious water is often collateral damage in the battles we wage.

Podcast recorded on April 14, 2022

Innovation Spotlight: Deluge Technologies

Innovation Spotlight: Deluge Technologies

April 12, 2022

Deluge Technologies has designed new thermal engine technology that could help meet the demand for water in the Phoenix, AZ area. CEO Brian Hagerman joins to explain the science behind how thermal engine technology can desalinate water using minimal power and then make use of the residual salt as power storage for the area. Listen to discover how this cutting edge innovation may help ease the need for water across the country.

Podcast recorded on April 7, 2022

A Bold Act

A Bold Act

April 6, 2022

Director of the Center for Irrigation Technologies at Fresno State University, Sarge Green, joins  to discuss the importance of water to the state of California.  He walks us through the state's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and its impact on housing and agriculture. In addition, Sarge provides insight on some of the best management practices the initiative has to offer and how it will affect the rest of the country.

Podcast recorded on March 31, 2022

Water Solutions Network

Water Solutions Network

March 28, 2022

Water Solutions Network brings leaders dedicated to solving California’s water management challenges together. Managing Director, Debbie Franco joins the show to discuss the origin of this collaborative network and how proper water management can be incorporated across water districts. Debbie sheds light on the various advocacy programs Water Solutions Network has in process and how their members develop solutions for the many opportunities that exist in the water industry.

Podcast recorded on March 24, 2022

The Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing

March 22, 2022

Epic Cleantec, CEO, Aaron Tarkovsky, joins the show to discuss technology on the horizon for water reuse, the record-breaking drought in the Western U.S. and how it will affect towns and cities in the future. With increasing implementation of water reuse systems and installation incentives in cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Austin, Aaron believes decentralization is poised to have a "roof-top solar" moment. 

Podcast recorded on March 17, 2022

Water Efficiency in the Building Industry

Water Efficiency in the Building Industry

March 11, 2022

Mark Grey from the Building Industry Association of Southern California describes water issues effecting the building industry like water shortages, storm water reclamation and the rising cost to connect water to homes. He shares information about the Association's education series to inform the industry, as well as the general public, about upcoming water restrictions and how they effect new home buyers.

Podcast recorded on March 3, 2022

Water Trend Watch

Water Trend Watch

March 1, 2022

Featured guest Joe Berg, Director of Water Use Efficiency for the Municipal Water District of Orange County, CA, informs listeners about his responsibilities with the water district and provides his views on the future of water. Berg provides details on California’s 20x22 water conservation plan released in January and presents what he believes are the top three water issues to tackle in the state.

Podcast recorded on February 24, 2022

Sustainability Head Start

Sustainability Head Start

February 21, 2022

Tom Huffman, Deputy Superintendent for Arizona’s Aqua Fria Union High School District speaks about the motivation behind the district's big push for water conservation. He discusses the activities they are launching to bring total water and energy conservation to a higher level and their plan to address sustainability, irrigation education and certification as a special science curriculum for their students.

Podcast recorded on February 17, 2022

Water Conservation 90210

Water Conservation 90210

February 16, 2022

The Water Zone welcomes, Debby Figoni, Water Conservation Administrator for the City of Beverly Hills, CA.   Debby explains how the City of Beverly Hills markets conservation to make a difference in the community. She details a custom water scheduling program deigned for  

commercial and residential customers which has dramatically  helped to reduced water usage, as well as an automatic meter reading capability which allows customers to obtain immediate feedback on their water usage.

Podcast recorded on February 10, 2022

Getting to Know You

Getting to Know You

February 16, 2022

Get to know newly appointed Irrigation Association (IA) CEO, Natasha Rankin. Natasha joins the show to share her business experience and what drove her decision to join the IA.  She discusses her recent activities around relationship building with the IA board and general membership to gain a solid understanding toward the development of advocacy, education & the association's core strategies. Finally she talks through her work to define the IA's biggest challenges and ways to bolster the industry's workforce development.

Podcast recorded on February 3, 2022

Solutions Down Under

Solutions Down Under

January 31, 2022

Susan Longville of San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District describes the Climate Resiliency & Adaption Plan and the Headwaters Partnership with the San Bernardino National Forest.  Susan also details a recent purchase of land that will be used to store excess dam water underground rather than releasing it into bays and oceans and explains why this type of action is needed throughout the state.

Podcast recorded on January 27, 2022

Education for a Better Future

Education for a Better Future

January 21, 2022

Featured guests Travis Loop, President of waterloop, and Rebecca Klaper, Associate Dean of the School of Freshwater Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, discuss higher education related to water pollution and the new technologies that can help monitor dangerous levels of contaminants. They perform various studies to track and measure the drugs and chemicals in our water supply, and pay special attention to their effects on the environment, attracting students from a wide range of backgrounds and fields of study.  

Podcast recorded on January 20, 2022

Elements in Action

Elements in Action

January 21, 2022

President of Elemental Ecosystems, Zach Weiss joins the show to explore an action oriented process developed to help clients better manage their land. The process has helped to reduce land temperature by 2 degrees Celsius in areas of India thereby reducing the amount of water used to for crops and vegetation.

Podcast Recorded on January 13, 2022

Runoff Re-invention

Runoff Re-invention

November 22, 2021

Hillside Planter owner Colleen Talbert talks to The Water Zone team about a unique partial planter that can be utilized on hillsides and slopes and acts as a water run-off collection bucket. The product has been specially developed for reducing erosion and water runoff and is offered in permanent or biodegradable material.

Podcast recorded on November 11, 2021

2022 IA Outlook

2022 IA Outlook

November 12, 2021

John Newlin, Irrigation Association (IA) President-elect and owner of Quality Sprinkling Systems joins the show to detail his top priorities for the IA's coming year. John believes that education and professional mentorship will be key to current members and next generation irrigation professionals. He offers insight on technological advances in irrigation products, the growing need for qualified water managers in the industry, potential challenges and the future of water in the US.

Podcast recorded on November 11, 2021