Eloy

The Eloy NRCD is located in an area primarily devoted to irrigated farming. Important crops are cotton, grain sorghum, and hay for dairy cattle. Surrounding rangeland is desert shrub with low livestock carrying capacity except in wet winters when cool season annuals are abundant. Wildlife values are also limited by low rainfall.

Primary Resource Concerns

  • Water Availability/Quantity/Quality
  • Soil Erosion
  • Best Management Practices
  • Educational Programs

Conservation Practices on the Ground

  • Improved Irrigation Management and Efficiencies
  • Soil Conservation
  • Protecting Groundwater Resources
  • Rural and Urban Conservation Education

District Highlights

The Eloy NRCD is located in an area primarily devoted to irrigated farming. Important crops are cotton, grain sorghum, and hay for dairy cattle. Surrounding rangeland is desert shrub with low livestock carrying capacity except in wet winters when cool season annuals are abundant. Wildlife values are also limited by low rainfall.

Most of the District’s programs focus on irrigated agriculture. The District has partnered with the West Pinal and Florence- Coolidge NRCDs to sponsor the Irrigation Management Service (IMS) program for the past 20 years. This is a free service to help District cooperators maximize efficiency of their water usage by evaluating irrigation systems and making recommendations for improvements to make the systems┬ámore efficient. This program promotes water conservation and helps make irrigation more cost effective.

Through IMS the District is involved in the Arizona Department of Water Resources Best Management Practices Program. The Eloy District cooperates with West Pinal NRCD in the purchase and use of a topo mapping system using GPS technology to reduce time required for survey and irrigation design.

The District also works with the West Pinal and Florence-Coolidge NRCDs to support the area’s Natural Resource Education Center in partnership with Central Arizona College. The District recognizes that each generation must be taught the value of good conservation practices and fully assists the Center in any way they can.

 

Contact Information

Carolyn Harbison

(520) 836-1960 Ext 3

e_fc_wpnrcd@yahoo.com