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Hot Wiring the Weather

Everyone knows that during the hot months of a Coachella Valley summer, lawns and golf greens and agricultural crops get very thirsty. Exactly how thirsty? You'd have to "think like a plant" to know for sure.

That precision is just what three new CMIS stations are designed to provide: the same response to climate conditions that plants themselves experience, but in the form of data useful to irrigators.

CMIS STATIONS THROUGHOUT THE STATE

CMIS stands for California Irrigation Management Information System, an interagency program co-sponsored by the Bureau. The three automated climate stations in the Coachella Valley send their data by phone line directly to a California Department of Water Resources computer. In the same way, stations all over California are linked.

MATCHING DELIVERY TO ACTUAL NEED

The result? Homeowners, golf course superintendents and farmers in the Coachella Valley Water District will know how to better schedule water deliveries so that plants receive not too little nor too much, but just enough of the precious resource.