Chestermere’s early history is a big part of the story of irrigation in Southern Alberta. The CPID men ( and their families) who lived in Chestermere and kept the valuable irrigation water flowing, kept the ditches clear, and sent water to the farmers when they needed it were the ‘Ditchriders’. Chestermere had many over the years! Here is their story, this is Part One. Who and What was a ‘Ditchrider’?