The Water Zone
Climate Conversation

Climate Conversation

July 20, 2020

Featured guests were Luigi Romolo, Minnesota State Climatologist, and Ken Blumenfeld, Senior Climatologist of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, State Climatology Office, join The Water Zone to describe how they track changes in their state's weather with their own various data management tools, which provides climate services to the people of Minnesota. They offered a scientific view of what’s next for the climate of their state.

(Podcast recorded on July 16, 2020)

Mecham, You Bet-cham

Mecham, You Bet-cham

July 13, 2020

Featured guest Brent Mecham of the Irrigation Association (IA) was just honored for his lifetime contributions to the irrigation industry.  Brent joins The Water Zone to discuss how he got interested in irrigation and his progression from student to landscape designer, to landscape contractor, to water management, and to his most recent position with the IA.

(Podcast recorded on July 9, 2020)

Trust the Process

Trust the Process

June 22, 2020

Hosts Rob Starr and Chris Davey of The Water Zone discuss the technology of center pivots that are utilized in farming, as well as drip irrigation systems and how they help greatly to reduce water usage. They further spoke about the thought process needed in building a backyard vegetable garden and what decisions need to be addressed before the physical work gets started.

(Podcast recorded on June 18, 2020)

Lauria and Tank Talk

Lauria and Tank Talk

June 22, 2020

Featured guests Jim Lauria, VP of Sales and Marketing for Mazzei Injector Company, and Adam Tank, Director of Software Solutions at Transcend Water, join The Water Zone to discuss their new podcast about all things water. They believe that education about water and technology is an extremely important subject which must be shared with everyone.  They share their passionate advocation for water and vision with a broad view of the water industry.  They further discuss how they help water agencies and water-related companies promote their personal water stories through various media.

(Podcast recorded on June 11, 2020)

Something Borrowed, Something Green

Something Borrowed, Something Green

June 22, 2020

Hosts Rob Starr and Chris Davey of The Water Zone explore the scenario of utility companies leasing smart irrigation systems and low-voltage lighting products to their customers. This conveys how consumers and commercial users can obtain these important water and electrical solutions for low payments, and even qualify to receive rebates for leasing these products. They spoke about a company, called Liberty Utilities, who have operations in 14 states across the U.S. and launched such a program.

(Podcast recorded on June 4, 2020)

Taking Water to the Xtreme

Taking Water to the Xtreme

May 26, 2020

Special guests on The Water Zone were Tiffany Baca, Public Affairs Manager for Municipal Water District of Orange County, CA, and Sherri Gully, winner of The Water Zone's Xtreme Water Makeover Contest. Tiffany discussed her organization’s role in helping to promote the contest to their member water agencies. Sherri explained how she learned about the contest and how excited she was to have won.  She shared how she could not believe the makeover transitioned her yard.

(Podcast recorded on May 21, 2020)

 

Turfs Up

Turfs Up

May 18, 2020

Featured guest on The Water Zone was Darren Gruner, CEO of Turfs Up Radio. Darren discusses how he entered the landscape industry 30 years ago, and now shares his industry knowledge and experiences – in addition to those of other notable professionals to help educate those in the landscape, irrigation and design industry.  

(Podcast recorded on May 14, 2020)

Challenge Accepted

Challenge Accepted

May 11, 2020

Featured guest Reese Tisdale, CEO of Bluefield Research, an independent advisory firm that helps utilities and companies address the various challenges of water. Tisdale discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the water industry, and projects that the current pandemic will affect the affordability of water. Further, Tisdale described how the utility companies are rushing to prioritize their resilience, leading up to the latest water industry's investment into digital technologies to help them better manage their overall processing operations.

(Podcast recorded on May 7, 2020)

Protect Our Future, Protect Our Water

Protect Our Future, Protect Our Water

April 27, 2020

Featured guest Jay Famiglietti, Executive Director of the Global Institute for Water Security, joins The Water Zone to discuss his "Map of the Future of Water" and how water security is at greater risk than we may think. He projects that the hardships, damage and loss of life caused by increased flooding and drought can be expected to continue.  Jay noted that technical innovations alone will not meet the coming global water challenges, but requires people to understand and implement intelligent water management practices and procedures.

(Podcast recorded on April 23, 2020)

Irrigation Assimilation

Irrigation Assimilation

April 20, 2020

Special guest Mike Temple, Director of Training for the Irrigation Association, joins The Water Zone to discuss how now is a great opportunity for people in the landscaping, irrigation and agricultural segments to obtain more technical education and get certified in various disciplines. Temple discussed areas like Certified Irrigation Landscape Auditor, Certified Irrigation Technician, Certified Irrigation Designer and Certified Landscape Water Manager. More information in webinars and educational books available from the Irrigation Association.

(Podcast recorded on April 16, 2020)

Cheers to That

Cheers to That

April 15, 2020

Featured guests Chris Hedges and author Seth Siegel join The Water Zone to discuss his new book, Troubled Water: What's Wrong with What We Drink. Seth discusses how America's water in big cities, as well as in rural locations, came to be at risk. He describes how this situation came about, how the contaminated water throughout America can affect all of us, and what can be done to help remedy this crucial situation.

(Podcast recorded on April 9, 2020)

Mayday: EPA

Mayday: EPA

March 13, 2020

Featured guests Bill and Rosemarie Alley join The Water Zone to discuss their new book, "The War on the EPA - America's Endangered Environmental Protections". The Alley’s share how the war on the EPA is a war on science, the environment and public health. They explain how the book examines the daunting hurdles facing EPA in its critical roles regarding drinking water, air and water pollution, climate change and toxic chemicals. Both Bill and Rosemarie delve into the science, politics and human dimension of these and other problems, and how today's war on science is undermining the scientific foundation upon which the agency's legitimacy rests and why a strong EPA is more important than ever before.

(Podcast recorded on March 5, 2020)

Pickett takes the LEED

Pickett takes the LEED

March 13, 2020

Featured guest Kyle Pickett, Co-Founder and CEO of Urban Fabrick, a consultancy group that provides technical training and design for sustainable construction projects, joined The Water Zone to discuss water reuse as a design opportunity for new construction projects that want to achieve new sustainability levels. Pickett states that it is estimated the world needs $22 trillion dollars in water investments to ensure adequate water supplies in the years ahead.  He also describes one of his firm's most famous LEED Platinum projects, Building 181 located in San Francisco, and detailed how they helped the developer achieve a notable and sustainable facility.

(Podcast recorded on March 12, 2020)

Saving the World, Drip by Drip

Saving the World, Drip by Drip

February 28, 2020

Featured guest Mr. Dov Avital, Director of Research and Business Innovation for the Metzer Group in Israel, joined The Water Zone to share on how the Metzer Group was founded and built an impressive drip irrigation and extrusion equipment manufacturing business. He explained the technical differences of flat vs cylindrical drip emitters that they design, and touched on the need for a decomposing type of drip tubing to help save the world from plastics and various polymers. He also describes the different needs of drip irrigation tubing required in the agricultural market in the Middle East and Asia.

(Podcast recorded on February 27, 2020)

Everyone Likes the Crust!

Everyone Likes the Crust!

February 14, 2020

Featured guest Morgan Page, Ph.D., a Statistical Seismologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, joins The Water Zone to discuss the differences of forecasting vs. prediction of earthquakes and how they use data to model the quake's magnitude scaling, decay of after shock rates, and location of the event. Page also showed a key relationship between human's potential inducement of earthquakes through activities, such as injecting waste water into the ground during oil production and by building large dams and storing large quantities of water which places a great strain on the earth's crust. 

(Podcast recorded on February 13, 2020)

War and Water Shed

War and Water Shed

February 11, 2020

Featured guest Regina Hirsch is Executive Director of the Sierra Watershed Progressive, a consulting and installation-build collaborative focused on sustainable landscape and water remediation. Regina spoke on the various ways to utilize alternate water resources for irrigation purposes. She emphasizes that property owners should treat their site's water like a small water shed, incorporating best management practices. Regina is also the coordinator of the Localizing California Water (LCW) Conference, which connects allies towards the strategic goal of water management throughout California by discussing local water approaches. She describes how the LCW breaks down the barriers to alignment through presentation and workshops to achieve solutions to local and global climate changes by advancing local water policy at an accelerated pace.

(Podcast recorded on February 6, 2020)

I.A., Captain!

I.A., Captain!

February 3, 2020

John Farner, Director of Government and Public Affairs of the Irrigation Association, joins The Water Zone to discuss the organization’s role in providing technical information on irrigation technologies and training to government committees.  He also spoke about the many and various types of educational courses and materials that are available from the Irrigation Association to both the professional landscaper and DIYer. The Irrigation Association also provides certification classes spanning irrigation auditors, water management specialists, and irrigation system designers just to mention a few.  He stated that there is a desperate need for more people to enter the irrigation/landscaping industry, where there are exceptional opportunities for a long-term and rewarding career. 

(Podcast recorded on January 30, 2020)

Water: Nature’s Energy Drink

Water: Nature’s Energy Drink

January 31, 2020

We spoke with special guest, Katie Patrick, CEO of Hello World Labs, who helps social impact entrepreneurs and sustainability professionals make real and measurable change using data.  She discussed how most impact entrepreneurs make mistakes because they don't know how to harness the motivational drivers that get people to act.  Katie provided examples of various scenarios she has been involved with to help guide water and energy agencies, who seek to make a difference and meet the serious challenges posed by water scarcity and the need for increased energy.

(Podcast recorded on January 23, 2020)