ITRC interviewed irrigation district personnel from 60 agricultural districts representing approximately 91% of the irrigated acreage within the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation’s (USBR) Mid-Pacific Region.

Data were analyzed to determine the degree of water delivery flexibility provided to farmers and the extent of existing and planned district modernization.

The interview process defined needs for direct technical assistance and training. These needs varied by district and area in California. The Irrigation Training and Research Center (ITRC) concluded that training programs should incorporate some common classes using the Water Delivery Facility and other resources located on campus at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, in addition to small specialized training efforts customized for single or small groups of districts. The data also indicated that more Rapid Appraisal Process (RAP) visits are needed to determine possible physical and managerial improvements (modernization and efficiency) for districts to accommodate the ever-changing needs of the consumers. Direct technical assistance to individual districts has been and will continue to be a key element of continuing success in modernization.

This report summarizes the results and provides brief comments on various aspects of those results.


Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering

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