Eloy NRCD

The Eloy NRCD is located in an area primarily devoted to irri- gated farming. Important crops are cotton, grain sorghum, and hay for dairy cattle. Surrounding rangeland is desert shrub with low livestock carrying capacity except in wet winters when cool season annuals are abundant. Wildlife values are also limited by low rainfall.

Conservation Practices on the Ground

  • Improved Irrigation Management and Efficiencies

  • Soil Conservation

  • Protecting Groundwater Resources

  • Rural and Urban Conservation Education

Primary Resource Concerns

  • Water Availability/Quantity/Quality

  • Soil Erosion

  • Wildfire

  • Best Management Practices

  • Educational Programs

District Highlights

The Eloy NRCD is located in an area primarily devoted to irrigated farming. Important crops are cotton, grain sorghum, and hay for dairy cattle. Surrounding rangeland is desert shrub with low livestock carrying capacity except in wet winters when cool season annuals are abundant. Wildlife values are also limited by low rainfall.

Most of the District's programs focus on irrigated agriculture. The District has partnered with the West Pinal and Florence- Coolidge NRCDs to sponsor the Irrigation Management Service (IMS) program for the past 20 years. This is a free service to
help District cooperators maximize efficiency of their water usage by evaluating irrigation systems and making recommendations for improvements to make the systems more efficient. This program promotes water con- servation and helps make irrigation more cost ef- fective.

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Through IMS the District is involved in the Arizona Department of Water Resources Best Management Practices Program. The Eloy District cooperates with West Pinal NRCD in the purchase and use of a topo mapping system using GPS technology to reduce time required for survey and irrigation design. The District also works with the West Pinal and Florence-Coolidge NRCDs to support the area's Natural Resource Education Center in partnership with Central Arizona College. The District cognizes that each generation must be taught the value of good conservation practices and fully assists the Center in any way they can.

Emergency Watershed Program

Another major concern due to the Wallow Fire was the threat of flooding and soil erosion on denuded watersheds. The District worked cooperatively with NRCS and Apache County to implement the Emergency Watershed Program. Thirteen projects were implemented to protect the communities of Greer, Eagar/Springerville, Alpine, Southfork, and Nutrioso. These measures will protect 322 people, 92 homes, and numerous roads and utilities. Projected costs are $656,000. The District also partnered with the Watershed Improvement Council to obtain a $250,000 grant for watershed conservation in the Coyote Creek Watershed.

Watershed Project

District Contact Information

Sharon Fisher, Clerk
(928) 333-4941 ext. 3
sharon.fisher@az.nacdnet.net


P.O. Box 329, Spingerville, AZ 85938