Managing the future, you’ll need a team that knows the flow.

From large irrigation districts to individual farms, RESPEC has extensive experience in rangeland and cropland water development and management.  We guide agricultural producers to address critical challenges of water management, including irrigation operation and delivery as well as rangeland management. All developed solutions consider impacts to water quality and quantity while keeping the producer’s bottom line in mind. RESPEC’s professional team is highly reputed for grazing management as well as irrigation assessment, design, flow monitoring, structural and operational improvements, irrigation automation, modeling, and support-software development. We are experts in every aspect of managing agricultural watersheds with both irrigated and dryland farming and ranching operations.

Our interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers brings unprecedented levels of combined knowledge and experience in irrigation water management; monitoring data collection and analysis; custom water management, decision-support system development; and agricultural stakeholder involvement as well as strong agricultural backgrounds related to hydrologic analysis and water management. RESPEC also has extensive experience with developing hydrologic models in agricultural watersheds to assess water availability and pollutant sources.  At the watershed level, RESPEC conducts best management practices (BMPs) planning for water quantity and quality and designs site-specific BMPs to optimize environmental benefits while considering operational and economic constraints.

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    • Irrigation Water Management
    • Hydrologic Analysis
    • BMP Design and Implementation
    • Watershed Implementation Management
    • Watershed Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL)
    • Monitoring Data Collection and Analysis
    • Stakeholder Relations
    • Public Outreach Education
    • Grant-Writing Services

Agricultural Water Management projects

Learn more about related projects where RESPEC has proven our expertise in this area.

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Arapahoe County Water and Wastewater Authority

Providing ongoing engineering support for ACWWA’s water and wastewater activities and supporting their water-rights portfolio.

Belle Fourche Irrigation District Siphon Replacements

Providing design and construction administration services for replacing an inverted siphon pipe.

Belle Fourche River Watershed Implementation Project

Correcting sediment and bacteria impairments in and around the Belle Fourche River Watershed.

Benton County Irrigation Scheduler

Creating a web-based application (Irrigation Management Assistant) to help manage irrigation.

Best Management Practices Tracking

Tracking stormwater best management practices using mapFeeder™.

Big Sioux River Sediment and Bacteria Total Maximum Daily Load

Developing sediment and bacteria Total Maximum Daily Loads for the Big Sioux River.

Big Sioux Water Quality Trading Project

Assessing the sediment and bacteria impairments in the Central Big Sioux River Watershed and reducing pollution through a water quality trading.

Cape Fear River Watershed Model

Developing a Soil and Water Assessment Tool model to improve water quality in the Cape Fear River Watershed.

Contribution-Based Watershed Assessments

Using local watershed data and conditions to derive improvement fees.

Decision-Support Tools for Watershed Management

Developing custom tools to interpret model results for watershed management.

Hill Ranch Water-Rights Acquisition

Providing technical support and expert testimony to guide water rights changes in the Colorado water court process.

Middle North Platte Watershed Study

Creating an inventory of water and land resources within a Wyoming watershed.

Nutrient Reductions

Helping Minnesota implement its nutrient-reduction strategy and reduce its impact on downstream waters supporting local, state, and international water quality efforts.

Red River of the North Stressor-Response Model

Examining the relationships between the biological community and nutrients in the International Red River Watershed.

Water Conservation Belle Fourche Irrigation District

Improving water-use efficiency using an overall water management system.

Yellow Medicine Project – One Watershed One Plan

Guiding southwest Minnesota partners to develop the next generation of watershed planning for the Yellow Medicine River.
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Agricultural Water Management products

RESPEC’s product line is geared towards making businesses and organizations better, faster, smarter, and safer. Our products benefit clients in need of greater efficiency, accuracy and cost savings.

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BASINS integrates environmental data, analysis tools and watershed and water quality models to assist in managing watersheds and developing Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs).


HSPEXP+—An enhanced expert system for calibration of HSPF.

Hydrologic Simulation Program‑FORTRAN (HSPF)

Hydrologic Simulation Program‑FORTRAN (known as HSPF) is an analytical tool that has applications in planning, designing, and operating water-resources systems. 

Hydrologic Simulation Program–Python (HSP2)

RESPEC’s Hydrologic Simulation Program–Python (HSP2) model uses modern technology to improve upon its predecessor Hydrologic Simulation Program–FORTAN (HSPF) model.

Irrigation Management Assistant (IMA)

RESPEC’s Irrigation Management Assistant (IMA) is a web-based, mobile-friendly, irrigation-scheduling application that reduces the environmental impact of irrigation.


RESPEC’s mapFeeder™ is an interactive mapping software consisting of powerful, user-driven database and map searching capabilities, historic data tracking, and reporting.

SARA Load Reduction Tool  

SARA Load Reduction Tool — Allowing users to determine the constituent load reductions needed to reach water quality standards in model reaches within a watershed.

SARA TS Utility  

SARA Timeseries Utility supports the analysis and management of time-varying environmental data.

Scenario Application Manager (SAM)

RESPEC’s HSPF Scenario Application Manager (SAM) is a comprehensive decision-support tool for planning and implementing targeted actions to restore or protect water quality.
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Julie Blackburn
Director of Support Planning

Jared Oswald, PE
Manager, Watershed Management