The Buckeye Valley NRCD is located west of Phoenix. The District is mainly composed of arid desert shrub lands with some grasslands at higher elevations. The main agricultural production is irrigated farmlands based on ground water. Cattle ranching is the main use of the remainder of the District, although carrying capacities are generally low. Wildlife values low due to the aridity.
The District coordinates cost sharing and technical assistance from NRCS and other agencies for landowners and managers in the District. Practices such as fencing and water development on rangelands along with improved irrigation facilities, water management and crop rotations on irrigated lands are examples of the measures used to improve water and soil conservation and productivity.
The Water Conservation Management Program (WCMP) was established in 1991 and is administered by the Buckeye Valley Natural Resources Conservation District. WCMP staff use a mobile irrigation lab to provide on-site technical assistance to agricultural (and urban) water users in the Phoenix AMA to help guide their irrigation water management decisions. The WCMP can provide help to farmers and landowners that wish to enroll and be regulated by the Department under the Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMP) Program, rather than the “base” agricultural conservation program.
This District has been heavily impacted by urban spread from the Phoenix area and the influx of winter residents, which has resulted in fragmentation of ranches, vandalism, and other human-caused problems.
The District operates an Environmental Education Center which provides educational materials and instruction to local residents, especially urban audiences, on the nature of agriculture and how it benefits the local economy while protecting environmental values.
104 W. Baseline Rd.
Buckeye, AZ 85326