Khaled M. Bali

Khaled Bali

Position Title
Irrigation Water Management Specialist

  • Central Valley South
Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center, 9240 S. Riverbend Ave., Parlier CA 93648

Dr. Khaled Bali is the Irrigation Water Management Specialist at the University of California Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Parlier, CA. He has been with UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources since 1992 and served in different capacities as irrigation and water management advisor in Imperial County (1992-2016), UCCE county director in Imperial County (2009-2016) and two years as interim director of the UC Desert Research and Extension Center in Holtville (2012-2013 and 2014-2015). He received his PhD in soil physics from UC Davis (1992), MS degree in irrigation and drainage from UC Davis (1987), and BS degree in soil and irrigation from the University of Jordan (1984). He is responsible for designing, implementing, and conducting educational and applied research programs in irrigation, drainage, water management, water quality, soil salinity, waste management, reuse of wastewater for irrigation and nonpoint source pollution control practices. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Jordan (2006-07) and conducted research on reuse of wastewater for irrigation and constructed wetlands to treat wastewater.

Specialties: Irrigation and water management, irrigation systems, soil salinity, drainage, infiltration, water quality, TMDL, biosolids

Areas of Expertise

Education and Degree(s)
  • Ph.D Soil Science- Soil Physics, University of California, Davis. 1992
  • M.S. Water Science- Irrigation and Drainage, University of California, Davis. 1987
  • B.S. Soils and Irrigation, University of Jordan, Amman. 1984
Honors and Awards
  • UCANR 2019/2020 Outstanding Team Distinguished Service Award- AB589 Water Measurement Training Team. Presented by UC ANR,, 2020
  • U.S. Fulbright Scholar 2006-2007. Reuse of Wastewater in Jordan Presented by Fulbright Scholar Program,, 2006
  • Khaled Bali Xeriscape Demonstration Garden. Yuma Crossing State Historic Park. Dedicated on April 22, 2004. USBR & Yuma Crossing State Park Presented by U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation,, 2004
  • 2003 Water Conservation Award. USBR- Lower Colorado Region Award Presented by U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation,, 2003
  • Environmental & Water Resources Institute Best Practice Paper Award Presented by American Society of Civil Engineers,, 2003
  • Distinguished Service Award - Outstanding & Creative Teamwork Presented by UC ANR,, 2002
  • University of California Outstanding Research Award. UC-ANR Academic Assembly Council Presented by UC ANR,, 1997
  • Outstanding Contribution to VOCA Presented by Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance,, 1996
  • Outstanding Student of the College of Agriculture- Soils and Irrigation. University of Jordan. Presented by The late King Hussein of Jordan. June 1984, 1984
  • Ben Hamouda, G., D. Zaccaria, K. M. Bali, R. L. Snyder, and F. Ventura. 2022. Evaluation of Forecast Reference Evapotranspiration for Different Microclimate Regions in California to Enable Prospective Irrigation Scheduling. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering. ASCE. 148:1.
  • Lamm, F. R., P. D. Colaizzi, R. B. Sorensen, J. P. Bordovsky, M. Dougherty, K. Balkcom, D. Zaccaria, K. M. Bali, D. R. Rudnick and R. T. Peters. 2021. A 2020 vision of subsurface drip irrigation in the U.S. Trans. ASABE, 64(4):1319-1343.
  • Abd-Elaty, I., L. Pugliese, K. M. Bali, M. E. Grismer, M. G. Eltarabily. Modeling the Impact of Lining and Covering Irrigation Canals on Underlying Groundwater Stores in the Nile Delta, Egypt. 2021. Volume 31 (1):1-14.
Membership and Service
  • Alfalfa and Forage Systems - Member
  • Almond - Member
  • Climate Change Adaptation - Member
  • Desert - Member
  • Small Grain - Member
  • UAS (Drones) Workgroup - Member
  • Vegetable Crops - Member
  • Waste Management and Compost - Member
  • Wildlife - Member