Welcome To The SECO Water Wise Website.Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District, Colorado State University Arkansas Valley Research Center with funding from the Bureau of Reclamation have developed this web site to provide information about the value of efficient agricultural water-management practices and technology as well as practical guidance about their implementation. Due to improved irrigation technologies and innovative on-farm water-management practices the potential for agricultural water-use efficiency has increased significantly in recent years. These efficiencies have been developed in response to water shortages, competition for limited supplies, increasing costs, and other factors.

Hear the latest Evapotranspiration (Et) values on local radio stations every morning starting May 26, 2008. The Et values for the Rocky Ford, Fowler and La Junta areas will be broadcast on KTHN-FM 92.1 and KBLJ-AM 1400 between 6:30 am and 7:30 am.

The Colorado Climate Center operates a network of remote, solar powered, automated weather stations throughout Colorado. The weather station network in southeastern Colorado is currently composed of 13 stations.

The weather stations are used to gather weather data to calculate agricultural crop water use, station sites are selected to ensure readings representative of crop field conditions. All other stations are sited over irrigated areas of urban turf grass. The stations are operated year-round and each station collects air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and solar radiation data. The collected data is used to calculate reference evapotranspiration (ETR) on a daily basis using the ASCE standardized Penman-Moneith combination equation for both alfalfa and turf grass. Precipitation, wind direction and soil temperature are also collected.


Weather Stations

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