Colorado River Research Group releases new report on agricultural water conservation
Carpe Diem West’s Dr. Doug Kenney and his colleagues Colorado River Research Group (CRRG) have just published a new report: “Innovations in Agricultural Water Conservation and Use: Fertile Ground for Lasting Solutions”.
This is the eighth entry in the Research Group’s policy report series. It focuses on some of the most promising opportunities and tools available to conserve agricultural water in ways that do not undermine the ability of rural communities to sustain viable agricultural economies. Economic and demographic forces ensure that some agricultural water will move to the urban sector. That is inevitable and ongoing. As Dr. Kenney notes, that doesn’t mean we have to do this on the back of rural communities.
As highlighted in the report, the solution is to use farming techniques such as rotational fallowing, deficit irrigation, and crop switching to conserve water that can then be made available to urban customers, with those customers financing the projects and offsetting any lost farm revenues that may result from reduced crop yields or types. It’s not a new or unproven idea, burt is one that is often difficult to implement under existing legal and management regimes.
June 9, 2017
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