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NZC - John Farner

  1. 1. Smart Practices. Sustainable Solutions. Lending a Hand: Ecosystem Services and Water Resources A Government Policy Perspective
  2. 2. Irrigation Association MISSION: Promote efficient irrigation STRATEGIC INITIATIVES: Education Certification Standards and Codes Government and Public Affairs FOCUS: Irrigation Agriculture, Turf, Landscape, Golf
  3. 3. Regulating Factors – Great Divides Water Quantity / Water Quality Land Use / Water Resources East / West Water Systems / Ecosystems Federal / State
  4. 4. Looking Ahead… Landscape Sustainability Marketplace is moving irrigation and landscape industry to be more sustainable. • Focus on water efficiency  conservation • Landscape with fewer inputs necessary  maintenance, chemicals, water Reducing/eliminating use of potable water for landscape irrigation. More sophisticated (smarter) irrigation systems  use of technology and management Plant choice/palate installed in the landscape Insert government action and involvement…HERE…
  5. 5. Agricultural Irrigation Accounts for 70% of freshwater withdrawals. Today: 2050: Approximately 7 billion people on the planet Approximately 9 billion people on the planet We are balancing a global “human right to water” in the context of the right to a sustainable food supply. In 2050 70 percent more food will be needed – translates to up to 100% more food in developing nations.
  6. 6. Irrigated Agriculture in the United States “Approximately 57 million acres of U.S. cropland are irrigated; farmers use pressure irrigation systems on about 40 percent of these acres.” (USDA 2011) “Potential exists to improve irrigation water use while sustaining yields in every basin. Conservation applied on all irrigated cropland could provide nationwide improvement.” (USDA 2011)
  7. 7. The Nexus Water uses energy Energy uses water Agriculture needs both Modern society needs all three
  8. 8. Role of the Government
  9. 9. Executive Order 13514 All Federal agencies shall increase energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gases and conserve and protect water resources. • 41 million acres of land • 429,000 federal buildings • References WaterSense Council on Environmental Quality and the Government Services Administration are promulgating rules (practices) to achieve the goals set forth in the EO, specific to landscapes.  Leading to a defacto standard for others to mimic.
  10. 10. Non-Regulatory People Opinion Leader Products Sites EPA is driving a national discussion on the future and role of landscapes and irrigation – focusing on efficiency. Working in and outside of the government to enhance the market for water-efficient products and practices.
  11. 11. Top trends through the states Landscape plant palate and design: 1.Affects both water quality and water quantity (seeing it in the east and west) Seen as a solution and as a problem 2.Turfgrass – more than just water use Water restrictions: 1.Role of efficiency before/during restrictions 2.Household water-use limitations
  12. 12. Top trends through the states (cont.) Licensing: 1.Promotes consumer protection (primary) 2.Promotes industry knowledge Scope of Practice: 1.Finding a balance between where plumbing ends and irrigation begins 2.Same with landscape architects and irrigation professionals…
  13. 13. Realities 1) Policymakers’ involvement in the landscape irrigation industry will increase, not decrease 2) Landscape water use will be reduced (mandated) 3) Potable water will not be the main source for irrigation water 4) Landscapes will not look the same 10 years from know as they do today 5) Our industry needs to partner with governments and other stakeholders to form sustainable solutions
  14. 14. Agriculture 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) Farm Bill Environmental Protection Agency Regulations Buy and Dry Infrastructure Investment (storage and conveyance) Climate Change (floods, droughts, regulations) Our industry needs to partner with governments and other stakeholders to form and promote sustainable solutions
  15. 15. Opportunities Challenges in our industry creates opportunities. 1)Greater need for efficient products and professionals services 2)More sophisticated irrigation designs, products, machines and installations will be required 3)Partnerships formed today will be long lasting – providing positive results 4)Current focus is driving discussion and education about irrigation inside and outside of our water world…
  16. 16. John Farner Irrigation Association Government Affairs Director johnfarner@irrigation.org

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