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Irrigation Water Management

A gauge installed on an irrigation supply line.

Practice Code: 449
Reporting Unit: Acre (Ac.)

Irrigation water management is the process of determining and controlling the volume, frequency and application rate of irrigation water in a planned, efficient manner.

Purposes and Benefits

  • Protects water quality
  • Optimizes available water supplies
  • Increases crop yields
  • Increases profitability

Conservation Practice Documents

Web link image: Field Office Technical GuideDocuments associated with this and other conservation practices are available at the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide Web site.


Related Conservation Practices

This practice is commonly used in a Conservation Management System with practices such as:

Irrigation Pipeline (430)
Irrigation System, Microirrigation (441)

Conservation Activity Plans (CAP)

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) offers financial assistance for payment of practices and conservation activities involving the development of plans appropriate for the eligible land. The conservation practice associated with plan development is known as a “Conservation Activity Plan” or CAP.

Irrigation Water Management Plan (118)

If you want to learn how you can protect natural resources on your farm or forest land, please contact your local NRCS Service Center.


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