Water Reuse and Non-Traditional Water Sources for Irrigated Agriculture

Phoenix, Arizona

11th International Conference
on Irrigation and Drainage

October 15-19, 2018

Cooperating Organization

The Water Research Foundation

Conference and Exhibition Information

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Treated effluent is extensively used for agricultural and municipal irrigation in the United States and has been regulated by statutes at the state and federal level since the 1970s. When treated effluent cannot be used for irrigation, it is often used for artificial groundwater recharge or as a supply for natural or artificial wetlands. As competition for scarce water resources increases, and with more pre-treated effluent due to population growth, we can expect even greater use of treated effluent for irrigation, recharge, and environmental uses. While the current experience with the use of treated effluent has been positive, there are short- and long-term concerns about its use, and thus about the sustainability of these practices.

Phoenix Views, courtesy Pheonix Convention & Visitors Bureau

This Conference aims to present and discuss various concerns regarding water reuse and non-traditional sources of water for irrigated agriculture. Implications for groundwater recharge and environmental concerns will also be explored.

The Theme of the Conference is Water Reuse and Non-Traditional Water Sources for Irrigated Agriculture.

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Who Should Attend?

Arizona Science CenterThis USCID Conference will provide a forum for water district staff, irrigation and drainage specialists, consultants, equipment suppliers and academics to share innovative solutions and learn from each other’s experiences. Water resources professionals from around the world are also encouraged to attend.

The Water Research Foundation is a Cooperating Organization of the Conference. Foundation professional staff members are encouraged to attend the Conference.

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Conference Format and Program Summary

A full-day Workshop on Irrigation District Modernization will be an option on Monday. The Workshop Registration Fee is discounted for Conference participants. Workshop only registration is also offered.

A Plenary Session Tuesday afternoon will begin with a Keynote Address, followed by invited presentations from leading water resources professionals.

A Panel Discussion on Wednesday morning will address Use of Recycled Water in Agriculture. Oral presentations will occur during Wednesday afternoon and Thursday concurrent technical sessions. Poster papers will be available for review during the Conference.

Presentations during Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday lunches and Wednesday dinner will provide additional perspectives for Conference participants. Receptions, meals, breaks and tours will provide excellent networking opportunities.

A Session on Thursday afternoon will feature a series of presentations which summarizes new water infrastructure developments in the western U.S.

The Conference will also include field tours on Tuesday morning and Friday to see water resources and irrigation activities in the Phoenix area.

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This optional one-day Workshop will cover strategies of irrigation district modernization, and technical details that have proven successful in irrigation projects throughout the US and abroad. Problems and failures will also be discussed. Topics will include recirculation of return flows, regulating reservoirs, the difference between improving a single structure versus modernizing a system, canal lining, automation of canals and pumps with PLC-based control and more simple hydraulic structures, SCADA, special considerations of VFDs, pipeline options, and philosophies of modernization. The workshop will be led by Charles M. Burt (Chairman of the Irrigation Training and Research Center) who has extensive practical and theoretical experience in modernization throughout the U.S. and internationally. The ASCE Manual of Practice No. 131, Canal Automation for Irrigation Systems, will be the primary reference for the Workshop and copies will be available for purchase at a discount.

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Exhibition and Sponsorships

An Exhibition will be held Tuesday evening, Wednesday and Thursday. To maximize opportunities for exhibitors to meet with Conference participants, several functions will take place in the exhibition room, including the Tuesday opening reception, and continental breakfasts, lunches and coffee breaks on Wednesday and Thursday, and reception and dinner Wednesday.

A Meet the Exhibitors session on Tuesday afternoon will provide an opportunity for exhibitors to give a brief summary of their products and services during the Opening Plenary Session. The welcome reception in the exhibit room will immediately follow.

Several organizations and companies will support USCID by sponsoring Conference activities and products. Exhibition and Sponsorship information.

Conference Exhibitors are listed below. Additional exhibitors will be listed as they make reservations.

Conference Sponsors are listed below. Additional Sponsors will be listed as they are confirmed.

Davids Engineering, Inc.
GEI Consultants, Inc.
Hydro Component Systems, LLC
Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group
WEST Consultants, Inc.

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The Conference will be held at the Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West, a suburb east of downtown Phoenix. The address is 860 North Riverview, Mesa, AZ 85201.

The rate for Conference participants is the Federal per diem rate of $124, plus tax. To make Room Reservations online, or call the Sheraton at 480-664-1221 and ask for the special USCID rate. The room block at this rate is guaranteed only through September 22, 2018. Reservations made after September 22 will be on a space available basis.

The Sheraton provides complementary Shuttle Service to and from the Phoenix airport.

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Guest Program

The Guest Registration Fee of $160 includes the reception on Tuesday evening, continental breakfasts on Wednesday and Thursday, reception and dinner on Wednesday, the Tuesday morning field tour and the Friday field tour with lunch.

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Field Tours

Desert Natural Art

Tuesday, October 16, 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

The Tour will visit the Riparian Preserve, Salt River Project Eastern Canal, and the Town of Gilbert drinking water treatment plant. In 1986, Gilbert made a commitment to reuse 100 percent of its effluent water. The Town’s desire to create innovative and unique ways to combine water resource development with wildlife habitat, educational and recreational opportunities led to the development of the Riparian Preserve in 1999. Of the 110 acres, 70 acres make up the seven water recharge basins that are filled on a rotating basis with treated effluent and allowed to percolate into the aquifer where it is stored for future use. One of the ponds has a unique distribution stream that mimics the action of an ephemeral desert stream. An additional lake is filled with reclaimed water, and is designated as an urban fishing resource through the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The Preserve is organized into various vegetative zones ranging from marshlands to native riparian and upland vegetation areas. Approximately 298 species of birds have been identified on the site, and many insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals have found homes there as well. Over 4.5 miles of trails weave through the park, and there are interpretive education panels on wildlife and vegetation throughout. The Riparian Preserve is one part of the property known as Water Ranch, which extends from Greenfield Road east to Higley Road, encompassing the majority of the land between Guadalupe Road and the utility easement. Water Ranch includes the Southeast Regional Library building, the Salt River Project Eastern Canal, and the Town of Gilbert Drinking Water Treatment Plant.

Friday, October 19, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The Pima-Maricopa Irrigation Project is a tribal program operated through an annual funding agreement with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Since January 2010, P-MIP has constructed more than $350,651,000 in projects that total 85.37 miles in length. This includes pipeline and open channel canal, with the latter going from a 34-foot bottom (2,000 cfs) down to a 2-foot bottom (15 cfs). In addition, the Project has expended more than $43,228,000 on design, $22,322,00 on cultural resources mitigation and contributed $13,587,151 to the San Carlos Irrigation Project for the Community’s cost share in the SCIDD-designed and constructed Florence-Casa Grande Canal and headworks rehabilitation.

The tour of the P-MIP system will include a little history that sets the stage of why P-MIP is constructing the new irrigation system. The tour will then focus on various elements of the system that P-MIP has constructed during the past 10 years. This will begin at the Ashurst Hayden Diversion Dam improvements completed by SCIDD in 2011, and include a visit to the construction of the Florence-Casa Grande Canal reach 1. The tour then goes to the off-reservation Pima Canal MP 11.3 check structure and its appurtenances, before visiting the Southside Canal and the flood protection system. A trip to the 4 Mile Post Lift Station will be followed with a visit to the Community’s first Managed Aquifer Recharge facility.

After lunch, the tour will visit the new 16-mile long Casa Blanca Canal, including the four siphons that are part of the canal; and go to the Santan IB canal and the new Canal 9, both under construction, and concludes with a tour of the Memorial Pipeline inlet structure.

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In addition to the Conference Technical Sessions, Poster Session and Exhibition, the Participant Registration Fee includes:

  • discounted registration for Monday Workshop
  • field tours on Tuesday morning and Friday
  • lunches on Tuesday through Friday
  • reception on Tuesday
  • reception and dinner on Wednesday
  • continental breakfasts on Wednesday and Thursday
  • Conference Proceedings

Note that a reduced registration fee for Young Professionals is available. The $450 YP fee is available for people age 35 and younger.

USCID members and Water Research Foundation staff may register at the Member fee. A reduced registration fee for authors and co-authors is also available.

To receive the Member Early Registration Rate of $725, register by October 5. The Late Registration Fee applies to registrations received after October 5 and on-site registrations. The Registration Fee can be pre-paid by check or credit card (VISA, MasterCard or Discover) or purchase order.

The Monday Workshop Registration Fee is $50 for Conference participants. For those attending only the Workshop, the registration fee is $95. The Workshop Registration Fee includes morning and afternoon coffee breaks and lunch.

Online Registration Form.

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Continuing Education Units

CEUs offered through Colorado State University will be available for Conference and Workshop participants. Information will be available at the Conference.

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Conference Planning Committee

Brian T. Wahlin, Co-Chair, WEST Consultants, Inc., Tempe, Arizona

Eduardo Bautista, Co-Chair, ARS, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Maricopa, Arizona

Taylor Ahrensdorf, Stantec Consulting Services Inc., Phoenix, Arizona

James E. Ayars, Consultant, Clovis, California

David E. Bradshaw, Imperial Irrigation District, Imperial, California

Hassan A. Elsaad, Salt River Project, Phoenix, Arizona

Peggy B. Graham, Advanced Drainage Systems, Longmont, Colorado

Sara Harper, Dewberry, Sacramento, California

Aung K. Hla, Bureau of Reclamation, McCook, Nebraska

Randy Hopkins, Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group, Clovis, California

Erling A. Juel, Greenfields Irrigation District, Fairfield, Montana

Reed R. Murray, U.S. Department of the Interior, Provo, Utah

David T. Phelps, Stantec Consulting Services Inc., Phoenix, Arizona

Aldo R. Pinon-Villarreal, Angelo State University, Sam Angelo, Texas

Bill Plummer, Water Resources Consultant, Scottsdale, Arizona

W. Martin Roche, Consulting Engineer, Grass Valley, California

Channah M. Rock, University of Arizona, Maricopa, Arizona

George Sabol, Stantec Consulting Services Inc., Phoenix, Arizona

Anne Thebo, Pacific Institute, Oakland, California

Kristan C. VandenHeuvel, The Water Research Foundation, Alexandria, Virginia

Clinton Williams, ARS, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Maricopa, Arizona

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