Gila Bend NRCD

Conservation Practices

  • Improved Irrigation Management and Efficiencies

  • Soil Conservation

  • Protecting Groundwater Resources

  • Rural and Urban Conservation Education

Primary Resource Concerns

  • Water Availability/Quantity/Quality

  • Soil Erosion

  • Best Management Practices

  • Educational Programs

District Contact Information

Rayanne Leister, Clerk
(623) 386-4631

M/A: 10 Baseline Road, Buckeye, AZ 85326

District Meeting information

Meetings are held bi-monthly on the 4th Thursday of the month (January, March, May, July, September, November)

Meeting occur @12:30 p.m. in the Space Age Motel's Conference Room

The next meeting is scheduled for: TBD

Scroll to the bottom of the page to download agenda and minutes

About the District

The Gila Bend NRCD is a large district located in the lower Gila River Valley and the desert areas to the south. Most of the District is arid shrublands with some irrigated farming and dairies along the Gila River. Most of the land outside the farming area is federal land, a vast majority of it being wildlife preserves or military reservations. Because of this, the main focus of the District has been on irrigated farming. The District takes the lead in organizing and facilitating technical assistance and cost sharing for its Cooperators to implement conservation practices designed to conserve water and increase crop yields. Such practices include irrigation water delivery systems, sprinklers, crop rotations, land leveling, and other measures to improve agricultural viability.

Land Use

Mostly irrigated farming and dairies.

Board Members

  • Tyson Stuhr, Chairman
  • Mark Skousen, Vice-Chairman
  • Ella Pierpoint, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Gary John, Supervisor
  • Roy Pierpoint, Supervisor
Ditch Lining
PC: Pierpoint Farms

District Highlights

Pima Streetscape Project

The District partners with the Town of Gila Bend in the Pima Streetscape Project to plant low water use plants at the 9/11 Memorial Park and other locations along Hwy 85 (Pima Street).

Training Workshops

The District sponsors an annual Pesticide Safety Training for Agricultural Workers and Pesticide Handlers.

Conservation Education

Gila Bend NRCD co-sponsors the Buckeye Valley Conservation Education Center with the Buckeye Valley NRCD. The Education Center provides information to local schools, community organizations, and other entities in order to teach how agriculture benefits the local economy and what practices are implemented to make farming more efficient and environmentally friendly.

The Board also sponsors ag field trips for Sentinel and Kaiser Elementry Schools.

Conservation Education, Pesticide Training - Photo courtesy of Gila Bend NRCD
PC: Gila Bend NRCD

Meeting Agendas

Meeting Minutes