The Parker Valley NRCD was organized in July 1957. The boundaries overlap two states Arizona, California and the Colorado River. The District includes three counties, La Paz, San Bernardino, and Riverside which defines the Colorado River Indian Reservation.

Physical Features

Elevation: 360 ft. above sea level

Terrain: Western Sonoran Desert, with 80,000 acres irrigated cropland

Precipitation: Average of 2-4″ annually

Land Ownership in Parker Valley

La Paz County:                220,125 acres

San Bernardino County:  37,696 acres

Riverside County:            6,226 acres

Primary Resource Concerns

  • Water Rights
  • Water Quality/Quantity
  • Soil Condition
  • Riparian Habitat

Conservation Practices on the Ground

  • Irrigation System Reorganization
  • Irrigation Water Management
  • Riparian Noxious/Invasive Species
  • Riparian Restoration

District Highlights

The objective of the Parker Valley NRCD is to promote conservation and education of our natural re- sources. The major land use in the valley is irrigated cropland, with alfalfa and cotton the dominate crops. The top resource concern is water (Quality and Quantity). Other resource concerns are wildlife habitat, recreation and conservation education.

The Colorado River Indian Tribes‟ annual water entitlement is 717,148 acre feet or the amount of water needed to irrigate 107,588 acres. Their goal is to utilize all of their water entitlement in an efficient man- ner. Water measurement and irrigation system design are components in keeping the land productive and controlling the buildup of salts.

The District the established the Conservation Education Center land lab in 1999. This land will provide a comprehensive environmental learning experience to students, growers and the community. Hands on experience will be gained and opportunities provided for additional students who are unable to house their animals on their own property. Future Farmers of America and 4H participants in the Land Lab, will experience first hand, all the responsibilities with animal ownership and production agriculture. The Land Lab will integrate education with the local agriculture industry using practical applications and mod- ern technology. This experience will provide opportunities for preparation in applied natural resource management and associated careers.



Contact Information

Jim Krahenbuhl

(928) 669-9826 ext 201

P.O. Box 3366

Parker, AZ 85344