Regional Initiatives

Ag Water Conservation & Protection

This initiative is designed to empower agricultural water users and managers to maximize efficiency of water use, conserve irrigation water, and minimize adverse impacts of irrigation and other water management practices to the environment. In addition, it enhances capacity of agricultural consultants, technical service providers, educators, policy-makers, and other professionals to advise, mentor, and educate water users regarding best management practices applicable to agricultural water conservation.


  1. Public Values & Attitudes Toward Agricultural Water Use in the West
  2. Irrigation & Precision Management Strategies to Sustain Agriculture with Limited Water Supplies
  3. Describing & Developing Plans to Manage Selenium & Salinity Contamination in an Irrigated River Valley
  4. South Platte Mapping & Analysis Program (SPMAP): Remote Sensing, Consumptive Use & Augmentation Accounting
  5. Parameter Estimation Framework for Studying the Influence of Agricultural Water Use on Surface & Groundwater Flow Interaction in the Ark
  6. Irrigation, Tillage, & Weed Management to Maintain Agriculture Profitability with Limited Water
  7. Crop & Soil Management Systems in Water Limited Agroecosystems
  8. Developing Economically Sustainable Cropping Strategies for Small & Medium Sized Farms in an Increasingly Scarce Water Environment

North Dakota

  1. Impact of Water Availability on Crop Production & Natural Resources
  2. Development of Water Management Practices & Tools for Improved Crop Production & Natural Resource Management

South Dakota

  1. Adoption-Outreach of Agricultural Water Conservation Strategies in a Sub-Humid Urban Area


  1. Verification of Field Crop Evapotranspiration in an Irrigated Arid Environment
  2. Irrigation Water Demand Estimates in Agriculture & Urban Areas Using Remote Sensing
  3. Investigating Landscape Water Consumption & Minimum Tree Water Requirements to Improve Irrigation Scheduling for Urban Landscape Water Conservation
  4. Turfgrass Management in the Intermountain West: Conservation of Water & Nutrients
  5. Management & Ecology of Irrigated Pastures in the Intermountain West


  1. Effects of Cropping-System, Irrigation Method, & Soil Properties on Soil Nitrogen & Organic Matter Dynamics in the Big Horn Basin
United States Department of Agriculture Colorado State University Montana State University North Dakota State University South Dakota State University Utah State University University of Wyoming National Water Program