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Irrigation District Service in the Western United States
Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering
  • Charles M. Burt, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
  • Stuart W. Styles, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
Publication Date
9-1-2000
Abstract
Data were obtained from 61 agricultural districts within the Mid-Pacific Region of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation regarding the level of water delivery service provided to users, water pricing, associated characteristics, and plans for modernization. A flexibility index was developed and used by the writers to characterize the degree of water delivery flexibility provided by each district. The flexibility index provides a rating of 3–15 (15 being the highest value) based upon the frequency, rate, and duration of irrigation water delivery service to farmers. The data show that 42% of the districts received a flexibility score of 12 or greater, with two of the districts receiving almost perfect scores. Based on these results, a program for technical assistance to irrigation districts was developed and implemented. A high priority item was supervisory control and data acquisition systems.
Citation Information
Charles M. Burt and Stuart W. Styles. "Irrigation District Service in the Western United States" Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering Vol. 126 Iss. 5 (2000) p. 279 - 282
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