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ITRC Paper No. P 14-009.  Stuart W. Styles, Robert C. Bryan, and Kenneth C. Spooner

Modernization of the Walker River Irrigation District Water Gauges

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ITRC and Walker River Irrigation District (WRID) collaborated on the Water Gauge Improvement Project at WRID with support from the Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Interior in Carson City, Nevada. This paper presents a summary of the proposed plan and implementation for improving water gauges in WRID with strategic engineering recommendations for new hardware and control equipment; water management strategies; flow measurement devices; and integration of a new district-wide SCADA system. Field investigations and engineering analyses were carried out by the ITRC in 2009 to inspect existing WRID infrastructure, to review current operational procedures, and to interview district staff. This information was analyzed and compiled to summarize the scope of work for system improvements. The ITRC prioritized the order of engineering implementation and automation recommendations, provided planning-level cost estimates, and has assisted WRID in organizing implementation over the past five years.


Styles, S., R. Bryan, and K. Spooner. 2014. Modernization of the Walker River Irrigation District Water Gauges. In Proceedings of United States Committee on Irrigation and Drainange. December 2-5 2014. Phoenix, Arizona.

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