Our Program

A one-stop shop for modernizing irrigation delivery systems.

About the Program

FCA designed the Irrigation Modernization Program in close collaboration with irrigators to ensure that their visions of modernization transition from stacks of paper to pipes, screens, telemetry and hydropower in the ground. The IMP is a comprehensive approach to modernizing irrigation systems—we stay involved at every stage—from developing the strategy, getting it funded, and implementing the project.

In addition, FCA works at the state and national level to build broad awareness for the benefits of irrigation modernization, create opportunities, and remove obstacles to implementation. Communicating the agricultural, environmental and community benefits of modern irrigation systems is a key component of the program.

Modernization Strategy

FCA works directly with key irrigation representatives to map out their short- and long-term goals for modernization, including a comprehensive review of past irrigation/water/basin studies and analyses. FCA also connects with regional stakeholders to ensure a complete assessment of potential barriers and opportunities.

After a modernization strategy has been developed, FCA presents findings to irrigation representatives. Upon approval, and depending on budgets and irrigators needs, FCA submits grant proposals and permits to support implementation.

Program Specifics

The Irrigation Modernization Program works with districts to develop a modernization strategy. Each strategy is customized to meet the specific needs of the district.

A typical strategy includes:

Goals and Scoping

  • Identify goals of districts and their communities
  • Literature review of past projects and current understanding
  • Determine scope and develop work plan


  • Water Loss Assessment (system wide)
  • Water Resource Reliability Evaluation
  • On-farm Water Reliability Assessment

Technical Evaluation

  • LiDAR
  • GIS mobile mapping
  • Hydraulic modeling
  • Fish screen evaluation
  • System Improvement Plan (physical infrastructure plan)

Energy Evaluation

  • Energy generation evaluation
  • Energy conservation evaluation
  • Net-metering assessment

Measurable Impact Analysis

  • Community-wide benefits (environmental, economic, social, recreational)
  • Financial (current and future district financial projections)
  • Funding plan (federal, state, and private grants, loans, and investments)

Strategic Recommendations

  • Partnerships (agencies, nonprofits, businesses, community leaders)
  • Communication tools (e.g., photos, videos, digital and hardcopy)