Sept. 15 2011 01:09 PM

Volunteers Improve Arlington National Cemetery

Irrigation Association members and other volunteers came together to improve and enhance the efficiency of the irrigation systems at Arlington National Cemetery. The team worked as part of PLANET’s annual Renewal and Remembrance event.

Kathryn Condon, executive director of the Army National Cemeteries Program, praised the expertise of the professionals. “The irrigation crew told us that we weren’t getting full use out of our sprinklers,” she said. “They not only told us, they fixed it. It’s like getting a day of free consultants coming in.”

IA volunteers and staff added new irrigation components at the receiving vault, a historic building dating back to the Civil War. The volunteers and staff also upgraded the irrigation system at the columbarium, where cremated remains are interred.

“This is sacred ground,” said IA Vice President Bob Dobson, a returning volunteer who led IA’s efforts. “We appreciate the chance to improve Arlington National Cemetery for our country, our servicemen and women, and their families.”

Bartlett to Leave ASIC

The Board of Directors of the American Society of Irrigation Consultants announced that Norman Bartlett, its executive director, has tendered his resignation effective January 1, 2012. Bartlett is involved with a flow meter company and wants to devote more time to that business. He has served as ASIC’s executive director for the past seven years.

Funds Raised for Local Children’s Hospital

For Smart Irrigation Month, Netafim USA sponsored a “Smart Irrigation Month Run/Walk” that raised funds for Children’s Hospital of Central California and brought local attention to the national water conservation program.

The run/walk drew nearly 150 participants and raised more than $5,000 for the hospital. Netafim also prepared Smart Irrigation take-away bags for participants that included SIM t-shirts, water bottles and useful tips about efficient water use in homes and businesses.

Through Netafim’s efforts, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin proclaimed July “Smart Irrigation Month” and the city provided water-saving tips for distribution at the run/walk event.

Rain Bird Academy

Rain Bird Services Corporation today announced the launch of its 2011-2012 Rain Bird Academy training season, with more than 70 classes and workshops scheduled across the country.

Irrigation and green industry professionals interested in enhancing their irrigation skills and knowledge can now choose from a new selection of Rain Bird Academy training events. Topics include general irrigation, new to irrigation, golf and central control classes.

To learn more about Rain Bird Academy training camps throughout the United States, visit or call 800- 498-1942.

Call 811 Before You Dig

In the state of Indiana, it’s the law that if you’re planning to dig, you need to call 811 at least two full working days prior, to have underground utility lines marked. Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages.

Residents are responsible for having lines marked before they dig, whether it’s for a large project, such as building a deck, or a small one, such as planting a tree.

Callers are connected to Indiana 811, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of the caller’s intent to dig. Professional locators are sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags or spray paint. Once lines have been properly marked, digging can begin around the marked lines.

“It’s the simplest step residents can take to protect themselves and their communities,” said Michael White, chairperson of the Indiana Irrigation Contractor Council.