Use of snow survey data by soil conservation districts

TitleUse of snow survey data by soil conservation districts
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1958
AuthorsFredericksen, D. C.
Conference Name26th Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 26th Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1958
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationBozeman, Montana
KeywordsEconomics, Farm irrigation, Water management

The farmer water-users are taking an active part in the Soil Conservation Service Districts in the Western States. A large number depend on snowmelt water for irrigation, reservoir storage, and water management. They are taking a keen interest in water supply forecast committee meetings and forecast bulletins issued primarily for localized use. These local bulletins and committee meetings show a marked economic impact on the farm crop planning, particularly when there is a short supply of water. Savings in farm operation can amount to as much as $378,850 in one year in one Conservation District by, (1) saving on land preparation, (2) selection of crops that use small amounts of water, and (3) good water management. Although this case may be an ideal situation, other Districts can show a great savings by proper farm management and water conservation through the use of the localized forecast bulletin data.