Many miles have been driven and walked to get to the gates, including back and forth from the headgates to the pipes. Even more miles were slogged through the flooded fields to check water distribution. Countless gates have been opened, checked, readjusted, cleared of moss and crawdads, replaced, reset, closed, and opened again--often under mosquito barrage. My "new" irrigation boots are bandaged with duct tape and leaking badly.
Nevertheless, I will miss making it rain in the desert. Sustaining countless species of wildlife while nourishing trees and livestock is a pretty cool gig.