Rio Grande Basin Initiative

2010-11 Deliverables

Task 1 Extension
Principal Investigator(s): Guy Fipps

We mutually agree for Guy Fipps to deliver the following during the period of July 15, 2010, to July 14, 2011, using funds from the Rio Grande Basin Initiative:

  1. Continue to update Rio Grande Basin irrigation district GIS maps and attribute information.  Assist district personnel to produce customized maps as requested.  Make maps and GIS databases available to irrigation districts, consulting firms and public agencies.   Implement an interactive website "WaterGIS" to serve as a resource for such information and to allow district personnel and other clientele to display and download customized maps.
  2. Respond to requests from individual districts for assistance on completing project applications by analyzing the conditions, water losses and potential water savings and for technical assistance in planning such projects.  Outcome: Project reports for districts to use for obtaining funding.
  3. Continue the three existing canal automation and telemetry demonstrations with a focus on maintenance and training issues.  Develop manuals on operational and management procedures for optimizing water saving benefits.
  4. Integrate the electrical meter of the main pumping plan of an irrigation district into the telemetry system that includes the water level of the main weir in order to demonstrate the relationship between proper canal water management and electrical use, and the economics of more advance operation and control systems.
  5. Revise the evaluation methodology used for canal lining projects to include additional information to identify sources and caused of problems observed.  Conduct a new round of lining project inspections using the methodology.
  6. Conduct an inventory of other rehabilitation projects in districts to include new distribution network components (pipelines, interconnects, etc), telemetry and control, flow measurement, pumps, metering, etc.  Classify each by expected water saving benefit and collect data for future water saving verification work
  7. In cooperation with Firestone and Harlingen Irrigation District, establish an experiment to evaluate three new canal liners.
  8. Encourage small districts to move to improved data and water management by beginning  a new program of technical assistance to include hosting district websites and encouraging 10 districts to move to telemetry/automation by partially cost-sharing such projects by providing water level sensors and assisting with other aspects of project design and implementation.

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