What is the H20 Initiative?
The H2O initiative is a region-wide effort to reduce irrigation water use by 20% within the Mississippi Delta by the year 2020. Through collaboration and communication, a network of technical experts and farmers will reduce water used for irrigation.
The Delta Region of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Missouri are a highly productive region for crops that is dependent on irrigation for successful crop growth. Through the H2O Initiative, growers can utilize more efficient irrigation practices resulting in:
- Cost savings for growers through efficient irrigation
- Water conservation to ensure there is ample water to irrigate crops for years to come.
If every irrigated acre in the Delta used Pipe Planner, farmers could save more than one trillion gallons of water per year.
The H2O Initiative is supported by a diverse group of stakeholders from agriculture, conservation, academia, government and the private sector. The H2O Initiative strives to reduce irrigation water usage through educational forums, information and tools such as Pipe Planner, MIRI/AWD, Soil Moisture Probes, Surge Valves and other practices.
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“We’re keeping a high priority on efficient water use, with a goal of basing decisions on sound science . . . Plentiful water, just a few feet down, has been taken for granted for many years in the Delta. But the fact is that we have been seeing a downward, unsustainable trend in the aquifer… Read more
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“We thought we were doing as well as we possibly could do with our water management, but research has shown us we can do better.” Showing producers firsthand that research aimed at using less water from the Delta alluvial aquifer is sound — and can save money and reduce pollution — has “helped change hearts and… Read more