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 1950’s. Drifting sand made irrigation systems difficult to maintain and roads impassible.

Physical Features

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

Conservation Practices on the Ground

  • Irrigation System Reorganization
  • Irrigation Ditch Lining
  • Irrigation Sprinkler and Drip Systems
  • Cover Crops
  • Crop Rotation
  • Tillage Management
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Conservation Crop Residue Management

Land Ownership in Yuma

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

Resource Priorities

  • Water Conservation
  • Fragmentation of Agricultural Lands
  • Leapfrog Urbanization
  • Small Acreage Subdivisions
  • Coordination

District Highlights

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, serving 3,305 acres-Drainage District Unit B, and serving 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 Supervisor’s continue working 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.


District Contact Information

Sharon Fisher, Clerk
(928) 333-4941 ext. 3

P.O. Box 329, Spingerville, AZ 85938