Utah State University Faculty Honor Lectures
The Faculty Association and Utah State University Press
Quite simply. irrigation is the act of applying water to land. It is usually done to improve plant growth and it lies somewhere between an art. a science. and plain hard work. Even though we do not often think about it. irrigation is very important to the well-being of the world. It is important because we need basic foods to survive. and luxury foods and pleasant views to enjoy this survival. For the many people directly involved in irrigation. especially farmers. it provides a livelihood which is both satisfying and peaceful. And for the few of us lucky enough to be irrigation engineers. it is a love affair.
Keller, Jack, "Irrigating for Rainbows" (1980). Faculty Honor Lectures. Paper 8.