New Waves December 2009

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Ag Demonstration Initiative to host water conservation short course Jan. 20-22

The Lower Rio Grande Valley Agricultural Demonstration Initiative is offering a short course on flow measurement in canals and pipes, Jan. 20-22, 2010, in Harlingen.

The two and a half day course will be taught by professionals in irrigation flow measurement and will include important information on the selection, installation, calibration, and operation of the commonly used flow meters for pipes as well as open channel devices such as weirs and flumes. The course is designed for district managers and employees with responsibility or interest in measuring water flows on agricultural land.

Participants will gain knowledge and hands-on experience at the Flow Meter Calibration facility (FMC) in Harlingen, which has a large manifold system with pipes from 6” to 24” diameter together with an open channel equipped with weirs and flumes. Its computer-controlled 10,000-gallon calibration tank and pumping systems provide the precise flows needed for calibration of equipment.

The course is limited to 20 students and advanced registration is requested by Jan. 8. For registration and more information, contact Tom McLemore, Harlingen Irrigation District project manager, at 956.423.7015 or

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