Yuma County Agriculture Water Coalition
A Case Study in Efficiency
Agriculture and Water Use in the Yuma, Arizona Area February 2015
The Yuma area is not unique with respect to the fact that settlement of the area and economic progress are tied to the development of water resources from the Colorado River. The Yuma area is unique because a combination of factors, including geographic location, fertile soils, agricultural efficiency, technological innovation, high priority use water, an available workforce and environmental stewardship have transformed the Yuma area into one of the most productive agricultural centers in the United States. This case study draws on both qualitative and quantitative data to tell the story of agricultural water use in the Yuma area.