Yuma NRCD was formed on Sept. 10, 1952. The Districts original long range plan was largely focused on bringing the sandy soils on the Yuma mesa into agricultural production. Wind erosion was a serious problem in the 1950‟s. Drifting sand made irrigation systems difficult to maintain and roads impassible.

Physical Features

Precipitation: Average of <3″ annually

Evaporation: Average 10 ft. annually

Growing Season: 335 Days per Year

Land Ownership in Yuma

  • Federal 1,171,451 acres
  • Non- Agricultural 23,246 acres
  • State and Private Farms 32,426 acres

Primary Resource Priorities

  • Water Conservation
  • Fragmentation of Agricultural Lands
  • Leapfrog Urbanization
  • Small Acreage Subdivisions
  • Coordination with Federal Agencies
  • PM 10-Best Management Practices-Air Quality

Conservation Practices on the Ground

  • Irrigation System Reorganization 
  • Irrigation Ditch Lining
  • Irrigation Sprinkler and Drip Systems
  • Cover Crops and Rotation
  • Tillage Management
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Conservation Crop Residue Management

District Highlights

Much of the Yuma Mesa area has become urbanized and the citrus and alfalfa crops have been reduced to accommodate urban and industrial growth. The Marine Corps Air Station purchased lands surrounding the base as a buffer, which continue to be farmed. An area service highway has brought traffic and international trucks to the District.

Water is supplied to the local farmlands by the Yuma Mesa Irrigation and Drainage District, serving 32,000 acres-Yuma Auxiliary Irrigation, serving 3,305 acres-Drainage District Unit B, and serving 4,080 acres-Hillander C District. The district boundaries include all of the Yuma Mesa, the City of Yuma, the Marine Corps Air Station, the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge and the Barry M. Goldwater Bombing range. The east boundary of the District is the Yuma County line.

District Supervisor‟s continue working on issues of concern such as hunting, recreation, off-road vehicle use, wildcat dumping and education of rural and urban landusers on the challenges to improve and maintain the resource base.

The YUMA CONSERVATION GARDEN is also a priority of the Yuma and Laguna NRCD‟s. This Sonoran Desert experi-ence is a community treasure for en-vironmental education, family events and volunteer activities. The garden features a natural habitat for many desert animals. Facilities include a picnic area near a pond; tortoise en-closure; track box; 100 seat amphi-theater (outdoor classroom); plant walking tour; rustic Ramada and antique farm machinery display. Scout troops have built bird nesting boxes. 51 lesson plans online at www.yumaconservationgarden.com.

Medjool dates are a Yuma NRCD Specialty Grown on the sandy soils of the Yuma Mesa. In recent years, a date packing facility has been built to sort, package, store and ship dates. Originally from Morocco, 11 plants were brought to the United States in the 1920s. These organically grown dates flourish in Yuma, AZ as well as Bard and Indio, CA.

There are 18,000 acres of citrus producing farms and three citrus packing houses in the Yuma area. Yuma NRCD supports the efforts of these local farmers through the development of much needed equipment for the produce industry. Most of the facilities developed access the railroad and provide many jobs for the community.



Contact Information

Sheryl H. Christenson

Ofc: (928) 783-5735

Cell: (858) 232-5543 (928) 317-1935

2197 S. 4th Ave Suite 104

Yuma, Az