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ITRC Paper No. P 03-003.  Daniel J. Howes, Charles M. Burt, and Stuart W. Styles

GIS Mapping for Irrigation District Rapid Appraisals

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GIS mapping is slowly becoming commonplace in irrigation districts as the need for more accurate and organized data becomes increasingly important.  ITRC commonly uses GIS as a tool in technical assistance packages for irrigation districts. One of the challenges in developing a strategic irrigation district modernization plan is to organize spatial data in such a way that various options can be easily understood. ITRC uses a combination of commercially available software with web-downloadable maps and photographs to organize and present the spatial information. An example of information organization for a Rapid Appraisal Process (RAP) of Tulare Irrigation (TID) district is given.


Howes, D.J., C.M. Burt, and S.W. Styles 2003. GIS Mapping for Irrigation District Rapid Appraisals. Presented at May 12-15, 2003 USCID 2nd International Conference on Irrigation and Drainage - Water for a Sustainable World-Limited Supplies and Expanding Demand. Phoenix, AZ. 9 pp.

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