Truckee-Carson Irrigation District (TCID) has been awarded a $97,000.00, (50/50 cost sharing) grant to fund an automated data acquisition system to bring Measurement Device data directly to TCID for processing of deliveries and monitor flows within the Newlands Federal Reclamation Project.
The initial project will include the upgrade of fifty existing data loggers and installation of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) technologies that will transmit to GOES West at around 135 degrees Longitude, 22,239 miles above the earths surface.
This data is collected by a number of collection stations like the NASA Facility at Wallops Island, Virginia, and the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and then TCID draws from that source and decodes the data into a table file structure for use in processing and monitoring flows and water levels.
Currently there are fifteen stations that are operational within the project which has already proved to be a great benefit for water monitoring and tracking of project orders.
Upon completion of the first fifty stations, the project is expected to save thousands of acre feet of lost and over delivered water and nearly one-thousand man hours per year. Later Grants will be applied for to cover the remaining 160 plus and growing measurement devices that currently exist in the project.