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EQIP WaterSMART Initiative Priority Areas Approved for FY’21

31 Priority Areas across the West targeted for $13M in Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Funds to complement Bureau of Reclamation (BoR) WaterSMART Programs* funded projects.

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Arizona

(3 Areas for $2,250,000)

Name: Grover Hills Irrigation District
Project Length: 5 years
Proposed New Contracts: 5 in 1st year
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2019

EQIP FY21 Funding : $500,000
Priority Area Extent: 1,807 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 200 acres
Type: Canal Replacement Project

The Grover Hills Irrigation District in the St. John's area of Apache county, AZ, used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to replace their main earthen canals delivering irrigation water from Lyman Lake with a pressurized pipeline and install flow meters to monitor water use. These improvements expect to save 1,705 acre-feet of water annually. With the additional NRCS assistance, farmers and ranchers in the priority area will be able to replace their lateral canals and convert from flood irrigation to sprinkler systems conserving additional water for use during droughts. In addition to the water saving benefits, EQIP funding will help them reduce irrigation induced soil erosion and improve the health of crops and pastures.

Name: Upper Verde Watershed and Prescott Area
Project Length: 5 years
Proposed New Contracts: 5 in 1st year
BoR WaterSMART: CWMP, 2012

EQIP FY21 Funding: $1,000,000
Priority Area Extent: 170,000 acres
Priority Land Treatment: 150,000 acres
Type: Watershed Restoration Project

The Town of Prescott Valley in Yavapai county, AZ developed a Watershed Restoration and Management Project Plan with Reclamation WaterSMART funds to protect base flows in the Upper Verde River sustained by groundwater from the Prescott Active Management Area. The watershed is home to the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher and numerous other endangered and species of special significance. With the additional NRCS assistance, farmers and ranchers in the priority area will be able to manage vegetation on their arid rangeland to allow precipitation to reach mineral soil and infiltrate into high recharge areas through newly installed erosion control structures, micro-topography land structures. In addition to protecting base flows in the river, EQIP funding will help them convert juniper and live oak trees to desirable bunch and short grass communities, make more moisture available to grow forage on range and other agricultural lands, and reduce sediment, nutrient, and pathogen loss and transport in overland water flow.

Name:Roosevelt Irrigation Water Supply District
Project Length: 5 years
Proposed New Contracts: 5 in 1st year
BoR WaterSMART: SWEP 2017

EQIP FY21: Funding: $750,000
Priority Area Extent: 29,500 acres
Priority Land Treatment: 2,500 acres
Type: Water Delivery Automation Project

The Roosevelt Irrigation District in Maricopa county, AZ, used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to automate water delivery and reduce spills in their main canal providing water to one of the few remaining concentrated farming areas near Phoenix. With the additional NRCS assistance, farmers and ranchers in the priority area will be able to implement water saving activities such as lining or replacing ditches, installing irrigation reservoirs or irrigation pipelines, and/or implementing irrigation water management practices to more efficiently use irrigation water. In addition to the water saving benefits, EQIP funding will help them prevent salt concentration in soils, reduce plant pest pressure, and control dust emissions on crop and pasture lands.

California

(8 Areas for $1,950,000)

Name: Pixley Irrigation District
Project Length: 5 years
Proposed New Contracts: 6 in 1st year
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2012 & 2017

EQIP FY21 Funding: $240,000
Priority Area Extent: 60,000 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 240 acres
Type: Canal Replacement, Automation

The Pixley Irrigation District in Tulare county, CA used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to repair and increase the capacity of an existing canal and construct a new 7.5 mile one to reduce seepage losses and increase delivery of surplus water during floods. Additionally, a water flow automation system was installed to minimize seepage and avoid spillage allowing for efficient water delivery. These improvements expect to save 9,850 acre-feet of water annually allowing avoidance of groundwater withdrawals. With the additional NRCS assistance, crop farmers in the priority area will be able to improve efficiency of their irrigation systems conserving 900 acre-feet annually through reduced groundwater withdrawal allowing for the banked water to be distributed to other local water stockholders and more farm acreage staying in production throughout drought cycles. In addition to the water savings and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funding will help them reduce nutrient loss and groundwater pollution and improve use efficiency of equipment and facilities saving energy and reducing production costs.

Name: Tulare Irrigation District
Project Length: 5 years
Proposed New Contracts: 6 in 1st year
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, Title XVI

EQIP FY21 Funding: $200,000
Priority Area Extent: 77,000 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 200 acres
Type: Water Storage, New Pipe

The Tulare Irrigation District in Tulare county, CA used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to construct two water storage reservoirs able to hold 491 acre-feet of water and increase the groundwater banking capabilities of the Plum groundwater basin by capturing and storing 2,270 acre-feet annually of flood waters that would otherwise be unavailable. Additionally, a new pipeline system was constructed to deliver treated wastewater to the district's groundwater recharge facilities for the districts 230 farms for reuse which results in 11,600 acre-feet of water savings annually. With the additional NRCS assistance, crop farmers in the priority area will be able to improve efficiency of their irrigation systems conserving 1,200 acre-feet annually through reduced groundwater withdrawal allowing for the banked water to be distributed to other local water stockholders and more farm acreage staying in production throughout drought cycles. In addition to the water savings and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funding will help them reduce nutrient loss and groundwater pollution and improve use efficiency of equipment and facilities saving energy and reducing production costs.

Name: Delano-Earlimart Irrigation District
Project Length: 5 years
Proposed New Contracts: 6 in 1st year
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2010

EQIP FY21 Funding: $240,000
Priority Area Extent: 56,500 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 240 acres
Type: Groundwater Banking

The Delano-Earlimart Irrigation District in southern Tulare and northern Kern counties, CA used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to expand the existing Turnipseed Groundwater Bank to capture and store floodwaters from the San Joaquin river. The improvements facilitate groundwater recharge of up to 11,520 acre-feet of water resulting in an expected 4,300 acre-feet of water savings annually for grape and tree fruit growers to use during droughts or share with other water users in the area during normal rains. With the additional NRCS assistance, fruit growers in the priority area will be able to improve efficiency of their irrigation systems conserving 450 acre-feet annually through reduced groundwater withdrawal allowing for the banked water to be distributed to other local water stockholders and more farm acreage staying in production throughout drought cycles. In addition to the water savings and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funding will help them reduce nutrient loss and groundwater pollution and improve use efficiency of equipment and facilities saving energy and reducing production costs.

Name: Ivanhoe Irrigation District
Project Length: 5 years
Proposed New Contracts: 5 in 1st year
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2011

EQIP FY21 Funding: $200,000
Priority Area Extent: 11,000
Proposed Land Treatment: 200 acres in 1 st year
Type: Water Flow Automation

The Ivanhoe Irrigation District in Tulare county, CA used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to automate control valves in two of its main irrigation water lines to reduce spills, improve efficiency of water delivery, and reduce groundwater pumping in an area withdrawing more than is being recharged. The improvements are expected to save 413 acre-feet of water annually. With the additional NRCS assistance, farmers in the priority area will be able to improve efficiency of their irrigation systems conserving 300 acre-feet annually through reduced groundwater withdrawal allowing for the banked water to be distributed to other local water stockholders and more farm acreage staying in production throughout drought cycles. In addition to the water savings and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funding will help them reduce nutrient loss and groundwater pollution and improve use efficiency of equipment and facilities saving energy and reducing production costs.

Name: Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District
Project Length: 5 years
Proposed New Contracts: 25 in 1st year
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2012

EQIP FY21 Funding: $800,000
Priority Area Extent: 340,000
Proposed Land Treatment: 800 acres in 1st year
Type: Water Flow Automation

The Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District in Tulare and Kings county, CA used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to install automated check structures in Packwood Creek, a tributary to the Kaweah River. The improvements enable better management of 29,360 acre-feet of water annually allowing for increased delivery of storm and floodwaters to storage basins for ground water recharge and restoration of Valley Oak riparian forest habitat that is home to several endangered species. With the additional NRCS assistance, farmers in the priority area will be able to improve efficiency of their irrigation systems conserving 3,000 acre-feet annually through reduced groundwater withdrawal allowing for the banked water to be distributed to other local water stockholders and more farm acreage staying in production throughout drought cycles. In addition to the water savings and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funding will help them reduce nutrient loss and groundwater pollution and improve use efficiency of equipment and facilities saving energy and reducing production costs.

Name: North Kern Water Storage District
Project Length: 5 years
Proposed New Contracts: One in 1st year
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2017

EQIP FY21 Funding: $75,000
Priority Area Extent: 52,000 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 30 acres
Type: Canal Lining Project

The North Kern Water Storage District in Kern county, CA used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to line the Calloway canal with reinforced concrete to eliminate water loss due to seepage. The improvements are expected to save 758 acre-feet of water. Additionally, flowmeters and well water sensors were installed to better control groundwater pumping which is expected to save an additional 818 acre-feet from being withdrawn. With the additional NRCS assistance, grape and tree fruit growers in the priority area will be able to improve efficiency of their irrigation systems conserving 250 acre-feet annually through reduced groundwater withdrawal allowing for the banked water to be distributed to other local water stockholders and more farm acreage staying in production throughout drought cycles. In addition to the water savings and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funding will help them reduce nutrient loss and groundwater pollution and improve use efficiency of equipment and facilities saving energy and reducing production costs.

Name: Buena Vista Water Storage District
Project Length: 5 years
Proposed New Contracts: 2 in 1st year
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2016

EQIP FY21 Funding: $120,000
Priority Area Extent: 40,000 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 60 acres
Type: Pipeline Extension Project

The Buena Vista Water Storage District in Kern county, CA used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to convert unlined canals and ditches to plastic pipelines to reduce loss from seepage. The improvements are expected to save 5,390 acre-feet of water withdrawals from the Kern River or groundwater sources when it is unavailable. With the additional NRCS assistance, field and tree crop farmers in the priority area will be able to improve efficiency of their irrigation systems conserving 500 acre-feet annually through reduced groundwater withdrawal allowing for the banked water to be distributed to other local water stockholders and more farm acreage staying in production throughout drought cycles. In addition to the water savings and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funding will help them reduce nutrient loss and groundwater pollution and improve use efficiency of equipment and facilities saving energy and reducing production costs.

Name: Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District
Project Length: 5 years
Proposed New Contracts: 1 in 1st year
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2016

EQIP FY21 Funding: $75,000
Proposed Land Treatment: 30 acres
Type: Groundwater Banking Project
Priority Area Extent: 28,000 acres

 

The Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District in Kern county, CA used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to construct ponds for capturing stormwater and pumps to manage these groundwater recharge structures. The improvements are expected to save 5,700 acre-feet of stormwater annually from flowing unused to the ocean, reduce groundwater withdrawals and pumping costs, and supply water during prolonged drought or to other users in the district. With the additional NRCS assistance, field, forage and tree crop farmers in the priority area will be able to improve efficiency of their irrigation systems conserving 300 acre-feet annually through reduced groundwater withdrawal allowing for the banked water to be distributed to other local water stockholders and more farm acreage staying in production throughout drought cycles. In addition to the water savings and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funding will help them reduce nutrient loss and groundwater pollution and improve use efficiency of equipment and facilities saving energy and reducing production costs.

Colorado

(1 Area for $250,000)

Name:Florida Ditch Company
Project Length: 3 years
Proposed New Contracts: 6 in 1st year
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2011

EQIP FY21 Funding: $250,000
Priority Area Extent: 1,520 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 480 acres
Type: Canal Lining Project

The Florida Ditch Company in La Plata county, CO, used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to line the Hess Lateral open canal with concrete to reduce seepage losses during delivery of water from the Lemon Reservoir to water users on the Florida Mesa. The improvements are expected to save 2,020 acre-feet of water annually. With additional NRCS assistance, both off and on farm improvements to irrigation systems are planned. Sections of the main and side lateral open ditches will be replaced with pipe along with improved irrigation systems for crops and pasture. Simply replacing the main lateral is expected to conserve up to 405 acre-feet of water annually extending irrigation water availability during drought. In addition to the water saving and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funding is expected to reduce up to 136.8 tons of salt loading to the Animas and Colorado rivers.

Kansas

(2 Areas for $250,000)

Name: Kansas Bostwick Irrigation District
Project Length: 5 years
Proposed New Contract: 2 in 1st year
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2018

EQIP FY21 Funding: $150,000
Priority Area Extent: 5,000 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 400 acres
Type: Canal Lining

The Kansas Bostwick Irrigation District in Republic and Jewel counties, KS used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to replace 4 miles of open canal with 3.3 miles of buried pipe to reduce losses to seepage, spills, and evaporation. The improvements are expected to save 724 acre-feet of water annually reducing groundwater withdrawals and protecting base flows in the Republican River basin. With additional NRCS assistance, crop farmers in the area will be able to better manage soil moisture and improve the efficiencies of irrigation systems by 5 %. In addition to the water saving and drought resilience benefits, the EQIP funding is also expected to improve nutrient management.

Name: Kirwin Irrigation District #1
Project Length: 5 years
Proposed New Contract: 2 in 1st Year
BoR WaterSMART: Small-Scale WEP, 2018

EQIP FY21 Funding: $100,000
Priority Area Extent: 5,000 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 400 acres
Type: Canal Lining

The Kirwin Irrigation District #1 in Phillips and Smith counties, KS used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to convert open ditches to a buried pipe system to reduce losses to seepage, spills, and evaporation. The improvements are expected to save 168 acre-feet of water annually reducing withdrawals from the Kirwin Reservoir. With additional NRCS assistance, crop farmers in the area will be able to better manage soil moisture, improve the efficiencies of irrigation systems by 10 to 45 %, and save up to 45 additional acre-feet of water annually. In addition to the water saving and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funding is expected to improve nutrient management and reduce the need for weed control in the ditch.

Nebraska

(2 Areas for $773,215)

Name: Middle Republican NRD
Proposed Length: 2 years
Proposed New Contracts: 35 in 1st Year
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2019

EQIP FY21 Funding: $523,215
Priority Area Extent: 86,000 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 4,170 acres
Type: Remote Water Metering

The Middle Republican Natural Resources District in Red Willow, Hitchcock, Hayes, Frontier, and Lincoln counties, NE used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to install telemetry water flow monitoring meters, weather stations, and soil moisture probes in the quick response area within the southwest Nebraska portion of the Republican River Valley. The improvements are expected to save over 5,000 acre-feet of water annually in the aquifer fed surface water base flows to comply with compact requirements by Kansas users of the water. With additional NRCS assistance, crop farmers in the area will be able to convert irrigated land to dry crop rotations, improve irrigation system infrastructure and monitor water use to better manage soil moisture and save even more water in the area annually.

Name: Upper Republican NRD
Proposed Length: 5 years
Proposed New Contracts: 8 in 1st year
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2018

EQIP FY21 Funding: $250,000
Priority Area Extent: 35,155 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 6,000 acres
Type: Remote Water Metering

The Upper Republican NRD in Dundy, Chase, and Perkins counties, NE used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to install a remote water metering system to reduce groundwater withdrawals for irrigation by providing real-time data on water use and evaporation-transpiration losses. The improvements are expected to reduce irrigation applications on average by 15%. With additional NRCS assistance, crop farmers in the area will be able to further improve irrigation system water use efficiency. In addition to water conservation and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funding is expected to reduce nutrient loss and groundwater pollution and improve crop health and productivity.

New Mexico

(7 Areas for $3,950,000)

Name: Carlsbad Irrigation District
Project Length: 5 years
Proposed New Contracts: 5 in 1st year
BoR WaterSMART:SWEP, 2018

EQIP FY21 Funding: $500,000
Priority Area Extent: 25,000 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 2,500 acres
Type: Automation, Canal Lining

The Carlsbad Irrigation District in Eddy county, NM used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to automate water delivery to reduce spills and line the main canal with concrete to reduce seepage losses. These improvements are expected to save 4,000 acre-feet of water annually extending water availability during prolonged drought, meeting requirements to fulfill a compact with the state of Texas and contributing to base flows in the Black River where the endangered Texas Horn Mussel species resides. EQIP funds have been targeted to this area since FY18 to assist farmers install newer irrigation systems on private ditches. With the additional funding, more farmers will be able to improve their irrigation systems and reduce depletion of surface water. Records monitoring of irritation water management by farmers and water flows to Texas by water masters will be used to evaluate success of the project.

Name:Navajo Ag Products Industry
Project Length: 3 years
Proposed New Contracts: 1 in 1st year
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2019

EQIP FY21 Funding: $500,000
Priority Area Extent: 1,500 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 1,500 acres
Type: Water Flow Automation Project

The Navajo Agricultural Products Industry (NAPI), a tribal entity owned and operated by the Navajo Nation and located in San Juan county, NM, used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to install moisture probes and a monitoring system on 130 center pivots to automate water delivery and reduce spills. These combined improvements expect to save over 3,000 acre-feet of water annually reducing impacts from drought on crops as well as on stream flows. EQIP funds have been targeted to this area since FY16. With the additional NRCS assistance, farmers will be able to continue improving their irrigation systems. In addition to the water saving and drought resilience benefits, the EQIP funding will also help them improve soil health and the amount and quality of crops produced.

Name: Arch Hurley Conservancy District
Project Length: 5 years
Proposed New Contracts: 10 in 1st year
BoR WaterSMART:WEEG, 2010

EQIP FY21 Funding: $1,000,000
Priority Area Extent: 36,000 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 2,600 acres
Type: Canal Lining Project

The Arch Hurley Conservancy District in Quay county, NM used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to line earthen ditches with sodium bentonite to save 13,000 acre‐feet of water withdrawal from Conchas Lake. With the additional NRCS assistance, farmers and ranchers will be able to improve their irrigation systems and are expected to double irrigation water use efficiency, save 200 to 300 acre‐feet of water, extend water supply during drought, and benefit downstream water users. In addition to the water saving and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funding will help them improve soil health to reduce erosion and improve the amount and quality of crops produced.

Name: Guadalupe Soil and Water Cons. District
Project Length: 5 years
Proposed New Contracts: 10 in 1st year
BoR WaterSMART: SWEP, 2017

EQIP FY21 Funding:$350,000
Priority Area Extent: 6,225 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 200 acres
Type: Acequia Restoration Project

The Guadalupe Soil and Water Conservation District in Guadalupe county, NM used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to improve at least three historic community earthen canal systems known as "acequias," replace open dirt ditches with pipes to control water losses from seepage and evaporation, decrease contamination from silt and trash, and reduce maintenance costs. Improvements to the gravity flow canal water collection system will also reduce particulate delivery to the Pecos River, an impaired water body designated on the 303D list. EQIP funds have been targeted to the area since FY19 and will continue to be used to help farmers improve irrigation water use efficiency, crop health and productivity. These improvements are expected to increase irrigation water use efficiency by 12% up making 500 acre-feet of water available annually to use during droughts or by downstream users.

Name: Elephant Butte Irrigation District
Project Length: 5 years
Proposed New Contracts: 15 in 1st year
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2018

EQIP FY21 Funding: $1,000,000
Priority Area Extent: 75,000 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 2,250 acres
Type: Canal Lining Project

The Elephant Butte Irrigation District in Sierra and Dona Ana counties, NM used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to convert two open channel laterals to pipe, install water meters on them, and add three new high-flow lift pumps to the system. The project is expected to conserve 2,362-acre feet of water per year formerly lost to seepage and evaporation during transport from the Elephant Butte Reservoir on the Rio Grande river to local farmers. Conserved water will be used to improve water delivery reliability for irrigators in the area and will also reduce groundwater withdrawals. EQIP funds have been targeted to the area over the last two years and will continue to help farmers convert open ditches to lined ditches or pipelines and install micro-irrigation systems on arid lands. These improvements are expected to double irrigation efficiency and make more water available to others. Additionally, EQIP funds help farmers improve soil health, reduce nutrient loss to groundwater, protect crop health, improve the availability of crops, and reduce farm labor and water purchase costs.

Name: Animas Watershed
Project Length: 4 years
Proposed New Contracts: 5 in 1st year
BoR WaterSMART: CWMP, 2017

EQIP FY21 Funding: $100,000
Priority Area Extent: 350 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 350 acres
Type: Stream Restoration Project

The Animas Watershed Partnership in San Juan county, NM used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to install a stream diversion structure to increase the consistency of water deliveries to irrigators and allow for fish passage; stabilize stream banks and replace Russian olive to prevent erosion impacting the stream channel and the irrigation ditch; and improve riparian pastures to improve water quality. With the additional NRCS funds, farmers in the area will be able to upgrade all existing open dirt ditch water conveyances to underground pipeline and use more efficient surface pipe or sprinkler systems. Additionally, these improvements will enable farmers to improve soil health, protect crop health and productivity, and reduce nutrient loss.

Name: Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District
Project Length: 5 years
Proposed New Contracts: 10 in 1st year
BoR WaterSMART: DRP, 2016

EQIP FY21 Funding: $500,000
Priority Area Extent: 30,000 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 300 acres
Type: Drought Contingency Project

The Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District in Socorro county, NM used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to install a dedicated pumping facility to better manage water delivery to over 10,000 irrigators, extend water supply during severe to exceptional drought conditions during summer months, and increase flows in the Rio Grande River to benefit the endangered silvery minnow species. EQIP funds have been targeted to the area since 2018 to help farmers improve irrigation systems and establish conservation cover for providing critical habitat to the southwestern willow flycatcher, another endangered species in the area. Improved systems are expected to achieve up to 80% irrigation water use efficiency while conservation cover allows increase groundwater recharge.

Nevada

(1 Area for $600,000)

Name: Walker River Irrigation District
Project Length: One Year
Proposed New Contracts: 6
BoR WaterSMART: SWEP, 2017

EQIP FY21 Funding:$600,000
Priority Area Extent: 4,000 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 500 acres
Type: Canal Piping Project

The Walker River Irrigation District in Lyon county, NV used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to install pipeline in the open channel of the Lower Plymouth canal to decrease water loss in the system with potential benefits to Walker River and Walker Lake. With the additional NRCS assistance, farmers and ranchers in the area will be able to replace dirt lined ditches with pipeline, convert flooded fields to sprinkler irrigation systems, and install measuring devices to improve irrigation systems, protect crop health and productivity, and reduce sediment transport off-farm. These improvements are expected to increase irrigation efficiency by 5 to 10%. In addition to the water saving and drought resilience benefits, these improvements help farmers control weeds, save labor, and reduce maintenance costs.

Texas

(1 Area for $500,000)

Name: Hidalgo, Cameron County Irrigation Districts
Project Length: 3 years
Proposed New Contracts: 10 in 1st year
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 18 grants

EQIP FY21 Funding: $500,000
Priority Area Extent: 15,025 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 1,200 acres
Type: Canal Lining Project

The International Boundary and Water Commission (via Federal Reservoirs) provides water to the 23 irrigation districts in the Lower Rio Grande Valley Region of Texas. Since 2015, Reclamation has provided funding to the Bayview Irrigation District No. 11, Cameron County Irrigation District No.2, Cameron County Irrigation District No. 6, Delta Lake Irrigation District, Hidalgo County Irrigation Districts # 2, Harlingen Irrigation District/Cameron County No. 1, and Santa Cruz Irrigation District #15 to carry out 18 water conservation projects funded by Water and Energy Efficiency Grants (WEEG). Utilizing these grants, the irrigation districts have converted 90,000 linear feet of open canal into pipe, lined 35,000 liner feet of open canals, and installed SCADA and gate automation. This improvement is expected to save 13,700 acre-feet of water from being withdrawn from the Lower Rio Grande River. A new service lateral allows conserved water to be shared between district users and the Lower Rio Grande National Wildlife Refuge. With the additional NRCS assistance, field, vegetable, and citrus crop growers in the area will be able to improve their irrigation systems for the benefit of the entire community. In addition to the water saving and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funds help farmers improve soil health, control weeds, and reduce field sediment, nutrient, and pathogen losses.

Utah

(5 Areas for $1,895,000)

Name: West Cache Canal Company, Hansen and Ezola
Project Length: One year
Proposed New Contracts: 10
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2019

EQIP FY21 Funding: $600,000
Priority Area Extent: 664 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 500 acres
Type: Lateral Piping Project

The West Cache Canal Company in Cache county, UT used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to convert 5.3 miles of earthen canal to a pressurized pipe. This improvement is expected to save 1,200 acre-feet of water a year. EQIP funds have been targeted to this priority area since FY19 and will continue to be used to help producers there connect sprinkler systems to the new pressurized pipe or convert flood farms to sprinkler systems. With the additional NRCS assistance, another 1,200 acre-feet of water is expected to be saved. In addition to the water conservation and drought resilience benefits, these improvements help farmers reduce drought stress on crops, protect crop health and productivity, and reduce nutrients loss to groundwater.

Name: West Cache Canal Company, South Fields
Project Length: One year
Proposed New Contracts: 8
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2019

EQIP FY21 Funding: $450,000
Priority Area Extent: 1,035 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 900 acres
Type: Lateral Piping Project

The West Cache Canal Company in Cache county, UT used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to convert 2.25 miles of earthen canal to a pressurized PVC pipe and reduce water losses to seepage and evaporation. This improvement is expected to save 1,222 acre-feet of water a year. EQIP funds were first targeted to this priority area in FY20 and will continue to help farmers there to connect their sprinkler systems to the new pressurized pipe or convert flood farms to sprinkler systems. With the additional NRCS assistance, another 1,200 acre-feet of water is expected to be saved. In addition to the water conservation and drought resilience benefits, these improvements help farmers reduce drought stress on crops, protect crop health and productivity, and reduce nutrients loss to groundwater.

Name: West Porterville
Project Length: One year
Proposed New Contracts: 4
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2017

EQIP FY21 Funding: $20,000
Priority Area Extent: 16,500 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 30 acres
Type: Asbestos Pipe Replacement

The West Porterville Irrigation Company in Morgan county, UT used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to replace a hazardous asbestos pipe by abandoning it and replacing it with a new HDPE pipe in a different route. The old pipe was too hazardous to repair, and leaks reduced the reliability of water delivery to agricultural producers. EQIP funds are being used to help farmers connect to the new pipeline supply of water to help them through the next drought. Water use will be monitored, and water savings data collected to help inform decisions related to the high suburban growth in the community. In addition to the water conservation and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funds will help farmers grow healthy crops and reduce nutrient loss and ground water pollution.

Name: West Cache Canal, Newton
Proposed Project Length: One year
Proposed New Contracts: 10
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2018

EQIP FY21 Funding: $750,000
Priority Area Extent: 1,810 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 600 acres
Type: Lateral Piping Project

The West Cache Canal Company in Cache county, UT used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to convert 5.3 miles of earthen canal to a pressurized PVC pipe and reduce water losses to seepage and evaporation. This improvement is expected to save 2,352 acre-feet of water a year from withdrawal from the Bear River and increase reliable delivery of water to crop producers in the Newton area. EQIP funds were first targeted to this priority area in FY18 and will continue to help farmers there connect sprinkler systems to the new pressurized pipe or convert flood farms to sprinkler systems. With the additional NRCS assistance, another 2,000 acre-feet of water is expected to be saved. In addition to the water conservation and drought resilience benefits, these improvements help farmers reduce drought stress on crops, protect crop health and productivity, and reduce nutrients loss to groundwater.

Name: Peoa South Bench Irrigation Company
Proposed Project Length: One year
Proposed New Contracts: 4
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2018

EQIP FY21 Funding: $75,000
Priority Area Extent: 16,500 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 80 acres
Type: South Bench Canal Piping

The Pea South Bench Irrigation Company in Summit county, UT used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to convert open canal to gravity pressurized pipe. This improvement is expected to save 2,629 acre-feet of water a year. EQIP funds were first targeted to this priority area in FY20 and will continue to help farmers there connect sprinkler systems to the new pressurized pipe or convert flood farms to sprinkler systems. Water use will be monitored, and water savings data collected to help inform decisions related to the high suburban growth in the community. In addition to the water conservation and drought resilience benefits, these improvements help farmers reduce drought stress on crops and pasture, protect crop health and productivity, reduce nutrients loss to groundwater, and sediment loss from bank erosion.

Wyoming

(1 Priority Area and $500,000 Total Statewide Funds)

Name: Hanover Irrigation District Area
Project Length: 5 years
Proposed New Contracts: 8 in 1st year
BoR WaterSMART Program: WEEG, 2018

EQIP FY21 Funding: $500,000
Priority Area Extent: 13,700 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 1000 acres
Type: Structure Replacement Project

The Hanover Irrigation District in Washakie county, WY used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to replace the aging Cottonwood Check and Spill structure and install data meters. The structure delivers water from the Boyson Reservoir through the Big Horn River to the Hanover Canal which supplies water to over 13,700 acres of farmland and 513 users who depend on the water and crops produced for their livelihood The improvements are expected to save 1,165 acre-feet per year. With additional NRCS assistance, additional structures in the canal may be replaced and crop and livestock farmers will be able to improve soil moisture management, convert dirt ditches with buried pipe, and improve irrigation water management systems. Water savings by these additional improvements are expected to be significant and will vary across the diversity of irrigated crops including sugar beets, corn, beans, small grains, and alfalfa. In addition to the water savings and drought resiliency benefits, EQIP funds help improve soil health, protect crop health, and reduce sediment, nutrient, and pathogen loads to the Big Horn River, an impaired stream on the 303d list.

Acronyms for Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART Programs

CWMP = Cooperative Watershed Management Program
DRP = Drought Response Program
SWEP = Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects
Title XVI = Water Reclamation and Reuse
WCFSP = Water Conservation Field Services Program
WEEG = Water and Energy Efficiency Grants
WMSG = Water Marketing Strategy Grants

Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART Links

Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART website

Water and Energy Efficiency Grants

Water Marketing Strategy Grants

Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects

Title XVI

Desalination

Basin Studies

Baseline Assessments

Reservoir Operation Pilots

Applied Science Grants

Cooperative Watershed Management Program

Drought Program

Water Conservation Field Services Program

Interior WaterSMART Site