Rio Grande Basin Initiative

2003-04 Deliverables

Task 3 Extension
Principal Investigator(s): Guy Fipps

  1. Develop a prototype distribution network model that can be used in irrigation district rehabilitation planning.
  2. Conduct short courses for district and agency personnel on GIS beginning class (1) and advanced class (1)
  3. Conduct a thermal imaging flyover in cooperation with USDA-ARS and Steve Maas as part of methodology development for rapid canal/pipeline leak detection. Analyze data and compare with field verifications.*
  4. Correlate and integrate seepage lost test results into the RAT (rapid assessment tool) for canal conditions in order to estimate seepage losses.
  5. Develop a RAT rating system for distribution network control structures.
  6. Develop a recommended database structure and format for irrigation districts.
  7. Further develop a prototype Web site that demonstrates the uses for GIS-linked databases. In cooperation with at least one district, demonstrate Web-based capabilities for grower access to account data and field/map locations.

(*may be limited due to water shortages)

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