Parker Valley NRCD

Conservation Practices

  • Irrigation System Reorganization

  • Irrigation Water Management

  • Noxious/Invasive Species

  • Riparian Area Restoration

Primary Resource Concerns

  • Water Rights

  • Water Quality & Quantity

  • Soil Condition

  • Riparian Habitat

District Contact Information

Madeline Lee, Clerk

(619) 405-3478

District Meeting information

Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month @ 11:30 a.m.

25855 Mohave Rd., Parker, AZ 85344

The next meeting is scheduled for: TBD

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About the District

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

The objective of the Parker Valley NRCD is to promote conservation and education of our natural resources. 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.

Physical Features

  • Elevation: 360 ft.
  • Terrain: Western Sonoran Desert; 80,000 acres irrigated cropland
  • Precipitation: Average 2-4″ annually

Land Distribution

  • La Paz County: 220,125 acres
  • San Bernardino County: 37,696 acres
  • Riverside County: 6,226 acres

Board Members

  • Paul Babbitt, Chairman
  • Benny Aja, Vice-Chairman
  • Michael Macauley, Supervisor
  • Jim Parks, Supervisor

District Highlights

Water Rights

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 manner. Water measurement and irrigation system design are components in keeping the land productive and controlling the buildup of salts.

Conservation Education Center Land Lab

The District the established the Conservation Education Center Land Lab in 1999. The Land Lab provides a comprehensive environmental learning experience to students, growers, and the community.

Responsibilities of Land Ownership

Through the Land Lab, 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 (FFA) and 4H participants in the Land Lab experience first hand the responsibilities that come with animal ownership and agricultural production.

Preparing for a Career in Ag or Natural Resources

The Lab integrates education with the local agriculture industry using practical applications and modern technology. This experience provides opportunities for preparation in applied natural resource management and associated careers.

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Meeting Agendas

Meeting Minutes