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Adopting Efficient Water Management Strategies to Promote Economic Development in the Oklahoma Panhandle

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Panhandle Regional Water PlanThe Oklahoma Panhandle is an agriculturally-driven region that receives little annual precipitation, creating a dependence on groundwater drawn from the Ogallala Aquifer. Panhandle agricultural producers deal with a public perception of unchecked water use that threatens the environment and future economy of the region. Through the creation of the Panhandle Regional Water Plan and the adoption of efficiency measures to gauge municipal, agricultural and energy sector water use, the region will continue to preserve the life of the aquifer upon which its economy relies. This case study was presented at the Western Governors' Drought Forum meeting in Norman, Okla. Watch a video of the presentation or read and download the case study.

Satellite Imagery Informs Irrigation Practices

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E & J Gallo Winery, the largest winery in the world, owns a vast expanse of land from Southern California to Mendocino County north of San Francisco. Given the weather variability across this area of California, evapotranspiration and crop water use vary greatly from one location to another. As a result, consumptive water use changes monthly across the landscape managed by the winery. To ensure efficient use of California’s limited water supply, Landsat thermal satellite imagery has been employed to track evapotranspiration and improve irrigation efficiency on approximately 20,000 acres of Gallo-owned vineyards. Read and download the case study

Sustaining Farming in the Arid West

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nyfcRecent extreme temperatures, destructive winds and increased pest problems in southern Arizona led farmer Jason Walker of Walker Farms Grain Farming to partner with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The NRCS provided Walker with a 90% reimbursement for implementing approved conservation practices that have significantly increased water efficiency and reduced wind erosion. Read and download the case study.