NRCS Practice Standard: Irrigation Pipeline (430)
About the Company:
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s primary private lands conservation agency. The NRCS helps producers protect and conserve natural resources on private lands through voluntary conservation programs. Through Practice Standards and technical guides, the NRCS provides information about the conservation, energy resources, and provides personalized advice to individual producers.
The NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides technical and financial assistance to producers as they implement NRCS Conservation Practice Standards.
Technical guides used in each field office are localized so that they apply specifically to the geographic area for which they are prepared. Thus, while national guidelines have been provided as a framework for each standard, each state has adopted and modified the conservation practice standards to suit their individual landscape.
To find a local NRCS Service center click here.
To find the specific guideline for each state click here.
About the Solution:
Irrigation Pipeline (430)
A pipeline and appurtenances installed to convey water for storage or application as part of an irrigation water system.
A properly designed and installed irrigation pipeline will convey water to an irrigation system or storage location in a way that minimizes water loss. For some systems it may be possible to reduce energy use or even create energy through the development of a renewable energy system such as in-line hydropower.
An irrigation pipeline can be made of flexible conduit materials, such as plastic, steel, aluminum, corrugated metal, or ductile iron pipe, or it can be made from rigid conduit, such as concrete or plastic mortar pipe. The pipeline can be installed underground or above ground.
Appurtenances used with an irrigation pipeline may include pressure reducers, inlets, check valves, backflow prevention devices, surge tanks, air chambers, and pressure relief valves. Air relief valves and vents can also be used. Corrosion protection may be needed depending on the metals used and the soils on the site.
An irrigation pipeline has a minimum expected life of 20 years. Operation and maintenance requirements for the practice will depend upon the complexity of the irrigation pipeline system and the type of pipe material chosen by the producer. Routine maintenance will be needed to ensure the pipeline and all its components operate as designed.
Common Associated Practices
NRCS Conservation Practice Standard (CPS) Irrigation Pipeline (Code 430) is commonly applied with other conservation practices such as:
Conveyance of water from installed CPSs Irrigation Reservoir (Code 436) or Irrigation System, Tailwater Recovery (Code 447) is also a use of this practice.
To view the national NRCS standard for Irrigation Pipeline please click here.
Solution Strengths, Weaknesses and Critical Indicators
Newtrient is using the USDA-NRCS conservation practice standards as tools to assist dairy producers in understanding the standards and how they can be used to address resources concerns.
To establish a Practice Standard a system or practice must be thoroughly vetted, approved, and standardized by the USDA at the federal and state level. These conservation practices have been developed to address various environmental resource concerns. Newtrient has developed a 9-point scoring process for ranking additives, practices, services, and technologies for the dairy industry. Recognizing the rigorous approval procedure used during the development of the NRCS Practice Standards, many of them score very highly and are worthy of consideration on any dairy where they apply.
The information provided here is a summary of the selected conservation practices. For up to date and detailed information related to the full Practice Standards, please see the USDA NRCS website, linked above.
1. OPERATIONAL HISTORY