There are many ways of demonstrating how much water is used but very few ways of assessing how much water is wasted. ESI ( Environmental Sensors Inc.) has partnered with the city of Kelowna, British Columbia to show what happens to their water from the minute it hits the soil .....
UBC Okanagan is a partner in the NOGWCA project. This is a three year study funded by the Canada-British Columbia Water Supply Expansion program made available through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC).
Chemigation is a term used to define the practice of applying chemicals to a crop through an irrigation system. In agriculture the type of chemicals applied are generally fertilizers to promote crop prioduction and plant growth. Available from the Irrigation Industry Association of BC is a valuable Guide which provides information on the practice of applying chemicals to a crop through an irrigation system.
This Guide encourages long-term commitment to a sustainable, environmentally-sound and economically-viable agriculture industry. The Guide was written by staff of the Resource Management Branch of the BC Ministry of Agriculture and published by the Irrigation Industry Association of British Columbia.
Trickle irrigation is the frequent, low pressure application of water placed near, or directly into, the plants' root zone. Water is generally applied at a low flow rate but in an amount sufficient to replenish the crop water requirement on a daily basis. Available from the Irrigation Industry Association of B.C. is a manual which assists the producer in designing a trickle irrigation system to match soil conditions, crop characteristics, field shape and topographies; selecting the right types of components based on a knowledge of emitter performance; and installing the system accurately as per a plan.
An excellent sprinkler irrigation design manual which provides information for designing agricultural irrigation systems in British Columbia is available from the Irrigation Industry Associaton of British Columbia. This manual was prepared by the Sustainable Agriculture Managment Branch of the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture. It was published in partnership with the IIABC.
This Soil Management Handbook provides information on the types of crops suited to the soils and climate of the Lower Fraser Valley area of British Columbia. Soil and Water Management information is provded for each crop type with details for irrigation, water conservation and drainage.
This Soil Management Handbook provides information on the types of crops suited to the soils and climate of the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys of British Columbia. Soil and Water Management information is provided for each crop type with details for irrigation, water conservation and drainage, on both uplands and lowlands.
This factsheet from the Resource Management Branch of the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands outlines options for livestock watering in winter conditions with some ideas and pointers for successful systems. Various energy choices are discussed.
A scenario comparison tool to assess green infrastructure effectiveness, achieve a lighter 'water footprint' and protect stream health. Learn More
The Water Conservation Calculator illustrates how specific water conservation measures can yield both fiscal and physical water savings for communities. Learn More
This Landscape Irrigation Scheduling Calculator uses real-time daily evapotranspiration (ET) rates determined from climate stations located within British Columbia. Learn More
This Agricultural Irrigation Scheduling Calculator uses real-time daily evapotranspiration (ET) rates determined from climate stations located within British Columbia. Learn More
The BC Agriculture Water Calculator enables water licensing for all irrigation purposes, whether agricultural or landscape. All non-domestic users of groundwater in BC are required to obtain a licence. Learn More