Water Resources Management and Efficiency Plan

September, 2015: The Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District has finalized the "Water Use and Water Recourses Management Efficiency Plan".
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water saving tipsWant to learn more about how you can save water? Try some of these water saving tips and be sure to see our list of suggested native vegetation available in our region.

Also, check out the xeriscaping page from the SEWCD for water-conserving landscaping ideas.


Water Saving Tips:

  • Install water saving shower heads &
    low flush mechanisms on toilets

  • Chill drinking water in the refrigerator
    instead of running the tap

  • Use a compost pile instead of a garbage disposal

  • Water lawns during the cooler times of the day

  • Fix water leaks promptly

  • Plant native vegetation


Native Vegetation :

Water usage is measured two ways - how much water a crop will consume, and how much total water is required to put on that crop.  The total water figure is higher because it deals with water flowing back into the water table, water that evaporates into the air, and water consumed by the crop.  

How much water does it take?  Use the following chart to estimate the amount of water required to grow each of the following crops.  

First, pick out the closest measuring station to your home.  Then, enter the square footage or acreage you want to plant in the appropriate space.  The amount of water consumed by the crop will be displayed.  

Water Usage Table



Type of Vegetation


(Sq. Ft)



Cons. Acre-Ft Cons. Inch/Yr/Acre


Gallon per Year

 Blue Grass      
Pasture Grass/Turf      
Vegetables (small)      
Orchard (no grass)      

To calculate the total amount of water required, select the type of irrigation from the drop-down box.  Notice that sprinkler-type watering requires much less water than row (flood) irrigation-type.  This is due in large part to the water soaking into the ground before the crop can use it in Row Irrigation.


If using Row irrigation type watering, pick from the following drop-down the closest to your type of soil:

My soil is

This is the estimate for the total amount of water in gallons needed to water your crop for a year:

gallons per year.

Growing seasons vary by location and altitude  The growing season of the crops listed is from the US Soil Conservation Services' Technical Report 21 and is the period, in days, indicated between the "Start Growth Date" and the "End Growth Date". 


For the area of:

Crop Growing Season Number of Days
Blue Grass


Pasture Grass/Turf
Small Vegetables
Orchard w/o Cover

 * indicates that there is not enough growing season to grow this crop.

NOTE:  These figures, as noted, are taken from the US Soil Cnoservation Services' TR21 and have not been verified with local farmers.


These figures are based on TR 21 of the US Soil Conservation Service and are determined in that program based on the climatological conditions at specific weather stations.  All figures are based on "Net Irrigation Requirements" in inches and a 50% chance of a Normal year.




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