October 14, 2011
Texas Tech University researchers are part of a water conservation team that has received $500,000 from the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service.
The Conservation Innovation Grant provides three years of funding to support a large-scale demonstration effort in the South Plains and northern Panhandle.
The project also includes experts from the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District, High Plains Underground Water Conservation District, Texas Alliance for Water Conservation and Texas AgriLife Extension.
Texas Tech's role in the project lies with its seven-year relationship with the Texas Alliance for Water Conservation, a group of farmers, researchers and state and local agencies who collaborate to develop strategies for managing irrigation water use while increasing profitability.
"This is the first time Texas Tech has received this grant," said Justin Weinheimer, a research associate with the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. "The funding success of this project really is due to the large size of the region we're evaluating and the generous additional financial and technical support provided by both the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District and the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District."