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National Program 201: Water Resource Management
Program Summary:
Projected Outcomes
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  • Reliable characterizations of agricultural watersheds that determine the temporal and spatial variability of important hydrologic processes
  • Safer and more cost-effective measures to protect farms, ranches, and rural communities from ravages of floods and droughts, and from rising demands on the Nation's limited water resources
  • Improved technologies to better manage riparian areas, wetlands, aquatic ecosystems, and stream corridors for the protection of agricultural watershed health and prevention of water quality degradation
  • Improved structures and channels to store and regulate water supplies for flood control, water conservation, and cost-effective water reuse
  • Improved strategies that enhance and safeguard the amount and quality of water supplies used for rainfed crop production and livestock production on rangelands and pasture lands
  • More water-efficient methods and agricultural systems for producing high-value crops that reduce impacts from increased salinity and groundwater depletion while ensuring the long-term sustainability of irrigated agriculture
  • Improved strategies and decision support systems that will allow irrigated agriculture to reuse waste and drainage waters without comprising crop production, food safety, or water quality impacts
  • Modernization of drainage management systems that improve soil and water resources, agricultural production practices, and cost-effective use of agricultural chemicals
  • Improved technologies to maintain the viability of agriculture while protecting water quality from degradation by excess nutrients, pesticides and other synthetic chemicals, pathogens, sediments, salts, trace elements, and increased water temperatures
  • Comprehensive data bases, models, and decision support systems for use in promoting sound water policies and strategies to manage the Nation's water resources and mediate conflicts
  • New and innovative concepts, assessment tools, and integrated agricultural and rangeland systems that predict and improve water quality at the field, farm, and watershed scales
  • Improved linkage of water resource information systems and technology transfer to customers


Last Modified: 5/14/2001
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