The Winner of Reclamation's 1999 Commissioner's Award for Water Conservation efforts in the Mid-Pacific Region is Kanawha and Glide Water Districts. Their accomplishments are described below:
Kanawha and Glide Water Districts have been implementing innovative water management practices before the requirement for water conservation programs. In the early 80's the districts' staff implemented an innovative "handheld recording" program. In 1997, the staff requested assistance through the Reclamation Field Services Program to update the program to newer computer and equipment formats and develop a new type of "handheld recorder" development program. Because of the progress with the program and format this realtime water measurement data collection and processing system has enabled an active program of water allocation transfers, which has been operating between the two districts for many years. Additionally, the districts are in a better position to locate and acquire water from other districts to fill water shortfalls.
The districts have been exemplary in their planning efforts, both in identifying applicable best management practices for the area and in implementing those practices. The staff's data provides their water users with information that both informs and encourages efficient water use. The staff has developed excellent communications with their water users and maintains supportive information transfers through informational mailings, newsletters, on-farm evaluations, weekly evapotranspiration charts, district-wide water use charts and daily updated records. The data developed by the districts' staff have been used many times as examples to assist in the planning processes for other water users in the area.
Because of the excellent planning and implementation these two districts have made in an effort to conserve water, they have been recognized as a winner of Reclamation's 1999 Water Conservation Awards Program.