An Extension education program to
help water districts conserve water
and operate more efficiently:
Introduction
Texas All...
Gabriele Bonaiti, PhD
Extension Program Specialist

Irrigation District Engineering and Assistance Program, IDEA
(2009-201...
Outline
1)

BAEN Extension education priorities

2)

Examples of past projects with AgriLife

3)

Water District Program d...
1) BAEN priority on GCD
2) Examples of past projects (IDEA)


I collaborated with:
◉ irrigation districts, Municipal utility districts, Water con...
Geographic Information System (GIS) support
◉
◉
◉
◉

Training
Mapping
GIS structure recommendations
Analysis
Impact of urbanization
Rating

Irrigation

Irrigation area (acres)

◉ Head and
drainage
problems
◉ Structures
and canals
condition and
seepage
◉ ...
Database management

• Current flows are shown
(updated every 15 minutes)
• Critical water levels are
highlighted in yello...
Calculated flow (cfs)

Calibration for flow

70
50
30

10

Cq = 0.70

y = 1.0197x - 0.513
R² = 0.9943

-10
-10

10

30

50...
Modeling crop water requirements
USDA-ARS laboratory, Bushland, TX
Rainfall
Soil
Irrigation need

Crop
3) Water District Program
Definition
◉

Extension education program to help Water Districts conserve water and
operate mor...
Initial steps
◉ GIS training (basic, advanced)
◉ WebGIS demonstration projects

◉
◉

http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=90a6
fc461abd48aba3f1a66f33357f...
For more information:
Irrigation District Engineering and Assistance Program
(IDEA) website:
http://idea.tamu.edu
Water Di...
An Extension education program to help water districts conserve water and operate more efficiently, Gabriele Bonaiti, Exte...
An Extension education program to help water districts conserve water and operate more efficiently, Gabriele Bonaiti, Exte...
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An Extension education program to help water districts conserve water and operate more efficiently, Gabriele Bonaiti, Extension Program Specialist – Water District Program, Texas AgriLife Extension

  1. 1. An Extension education program to help water districts conserve water and operate more efficiently: Introduction Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts Quarterly Meeting Austin, Texas February 26, 2014
  2. 2. Gabriele Bonaiti, PhD Extension Program Specialist Irrigation District Engineering and Assistance Program, IDEA (2009-2012) Water District Program (2013) Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAEN) College Station, Texas
  3. 3. Outline 1) BAEN Extension education priorities 2) Examples of past projects with AgriLife 3) Water District Program definition and initial steps
  4. 4. 1) BAEN priority on GCD
  5. 5. 2) Examples of past projects (IDEA)  I collaborated with: ◉ irrigation districts, Municipal utility districts, Water control and improvement districts (RGBI) ◉ river authorities (LCRA) ◉ Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture, and Ministry of Water Resources (USAID)  I conducted mostly demonstration projects
  6. 6. Geographic Information System (GIS) support ◉ ◉ ◉ ◉ Training Mapping GIS structure recommendations Analysis
  7. 7. Impact of urbanization
  8. 8. Rating Irrigation Irrigation area (acres) ◉ Head and drainage problems ◉ Structures and canals condition and seepage ◉ Irrigation scheduling Spill losses 1,650 Rainfall 750 1,100 500 550 250 0 0 Spill losses (acft), rainfall (in*100) Rapid Intervention Program (USAID):
  9. 9. Database management • Current flows are shown (updated every 15 minutes) • Critical water levels are highlighted in yellow and red
  10. 10. Calculated flow (cfs) Calibration for flow 70 50 30 10 Cq = 0.70 y = 1.0197x - 0.513 R² = 0.9943 -10 -10 10 30 50 Measured flow (cfs) 70
  11. 11. Modeling crop water requirements USDA-ARS laboratory, Bushland, TX
  12. 12. Rainfall Soil Irrigation need Crop
  13. 13. 3) Water District Program Definition ◉ Extension education program to help Water Districts conserve water and operate more efficiently ◉ Water Districts: irrigation districts, groundwater districts, river authorities, Municipal utility districts (MUDs), Water control and improvement districts (WCIDs), and Special utility districts (SUDs) ◉ Work with: County Extension Agents and Water District personnel ◉ Objective: define needs and opportunities, develop cooperative projects, offer training and technical assistance ◉ Field of expertise: management of canal systems, irrigation scheduling, hydrological and crop growth modeling, flow metering and monitoring, water quality improvement, Geographic Information System (GIS) and data management, web-based information technologies, water rights
  14. 14. Initial steps ◉ GIS training (basic, advanced)
  15. 15. ◉ WebGIS demonstration projects ◉ ◉ http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=90a6 fc461abd48aba3f1a66f33357f40 Test map (Pineywoods GCD)
  16. 16. For more information: Irrigation District Engineering and Assistance Program (IDEA) website: http://idea.tamu.edu Water District Program http://baen.tamu.edu/faculty/gabriele-bonaiti/ email: gbonaiti@ag.tamu.edu

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