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Research Project: Facilitating Water Adaptation in the Arid West

Location: Sustainable Agricultural Water Systems Research

Project Number: 2032-12610-001-011-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement

Start Date: Aug 11, 2021
End Date: Sep 29, 2023

Objective:
Objective 1: Improved knowledge of drought, water risks and water scarcity within region (Theme 1: Research, Science information synthesis; GOAL: Improved understanding of and solutions for future sustainability of southwestern and US Pacific agricultural, rangeland, forest and water systems under increasing climate variability and change; Objective 2: Supporting data-driven management decisions (Theme 2: Tool Development, Technology Exchange, and Implementation Assistance; Goal 2: Improved accessibility to information and tools to support resilience in southwestern systems and communities.

Approach:
1. Work with ERS scientists to conduct and publish an extensive literature review. The literature review will include peer reviewed and gray literature highlighting novel approaches to enhance water use efficiency and productivity including but not limited to sensor technologies, irrigation application systems, water management practices, cropping and system design efficiencies, water banks, groundwater storage, economically viable water transfers. 2. Host listening sessions and conversations with irrigation districts, water masters, water resource research institutes and others to augment the literature review with other novel examples of water adaptation efforts and inform tool development (i.e. ensure that the tool provides information water adaptation professionals require). 3. Develop a prototype geospatial decision support tool (WATR). The tool will highlight key insights from the literature review and from ongoing USDA programs related to agriculture including water transactions, water banks and groundwater recharge efforts with the goal of providing a platform for knowledge transfer to foster future resilience. 4. Share WATR with the professional water management community via meetings, workshops and/or webinars to garner feedback and modify, as needed. Rely on existing SWCH relationships with ARS scientists, NRCS, climate service providers, the Drought Learning Network and others to share WATR broadly to support creative water adaptation solutions.