Technical and financial assistance is available for growers in the Pajaro Valley to evaluate their irrigation systems and improve water use efficiency. Read more about trainings, technical support, and financial assistance available.

The RCD of Santa Cruz County (with funding from the USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program and the DWR Integrated Regional Water Management Program) provides technical and financial assistance for growers to evaluate and improve irrigation efficiency.  Services include irrigation system evaluations, flow meter installation and water use tracking, nutrient management, conservation planning, and financial assistance for implementing new practices and technologies. Contact Lisa Lurie at to learn more.

The RCD of Monterey County provides technical assistance to landowners, farmers and ranchers for planning and design services on a range of resource protection and conservation practices: erosion control, water quality protection, irrigation efficiency, and nutrient management. For more information contact Ben Burgoa at

PV Water has implemented a pilot irrigation efficiency program. The irrigation efficiency program is coordinated by the Ag Water Quality Coalition and includes partnerships with the CWD, RCD’s of Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties, NRCS, UC Cooperative Extension, and individual growers. The program offers growers technical and financial assistance over multiple seasons to improve irrigation efficiency, help realize the benefits to their bottom line, and adopt new water management practices. To sign up or learn more about this opportunity contact Erin McCarthy at .

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides technical and financial assistance for growers to implement voluntary conservation practices on your ranch. Contact Rich Casale to learn more at .

Numerous private consultants, CCAs, and companies offer irrigation system efficiency evaluations and installation. While a comprehensive directory is not available, contact your irrigation equipment provider for information.

Additional Resources:

UCCE Farm Advisors

PVWater Conservation toolkit

Irrigation Assessment toolkit

Irrigation Scheduling toolkit

 

  • Irrigation Training

  • Irrigation Evaluation

  • Flow Meter

  • Micro Sprinkler