Yuma NRCD

Conservation Practices

  • Irrigation System Reorganization

  • Irrigation Ditch Lining

  • Irrigation Sprinkler & Drip Systems

  • Cover Crops and Crop Rotation

  • Tilage Management

  • Integrated Pest Management

  • Conservation Crop Residue Management

Primary Resource Concerns

  • Water Conservation

  • Fragmentation of Agricultural Lands

  • Leapfrog Urbanization

  • Small Acreage Management

  • Coordination

District Contact Information

Sheryl Christenson, Clerk

sheryl.christenson@az.nacdnet.net

(928) 783-5735

District Meeting information

Meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month

The next meeting is scheduled for:

July 16th - check back for place/dial-in # & time

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

About the District

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 1950s, and drifting sand made irrigation systems difficult to maintain and roads impassible.

Since the inception of the District, much of the Yuma Mesa area has become urbanized and the circus 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, 3,305 acres-Drainage District Unit B, and 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 Supervisors continue to work 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.

Physical Features

  • Precipitation: Average of <3” annually
  • Evaporation: Average 10 ft. annually
  • Growing Season: 335 Days per Year

Land Use

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

Board Members

  • Mark Kuechel, Chairman
  • Bobbi McDermott, Vice-Chairman
  • Barbara Snow, Supervisor
  • Steven Wyant, Supervisor

District Highlights

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