Steve Walthour, Conserving Groundwater on the Texas High Plains: A Collaborative Approach

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Steve Walthour, Conserving Groundwater on the Texas High Plains: A Collaborative Approach

  1. 1. Steve Walthour, General ManagerNorth Plains Groundwater Conservation DistrictNov. 29, 2011
  2. 2. 200-12 Demonstrations
  3. 3. Demonstration Results 2010 North Plains Conservation Demonstration $42.08 40 20 10.86 $10.47 11.76 11.2 0 Field 1 Field 2 Plot 3 -20 Inches of Water Used Profit Increase/Decrease Per Acre -40 -60 -80 -100 ($109.31) -120
  4. 4. Demonstration Results 2011 North Plains Conservation Demonstration 40 31.21 21.32 18.78 20 0 0 Field 1 Field 2 Plot 3 ($10.00) ($9.00) -20 Inches of Water Used -40 Compared to other fields -60 -80 -100 -120
  5. 5. Future Demonstrations
  6. 6. Meters or Alternative Metering Devices on all non-exempt wellsProduction Reporting2 acre-feet per acre production limit.
  7. 7. 1.75 acre-feet per acre production limit – 20111.5 acre-feet per acre production limit – 2012Water Conservation Reserve
  8. 8. Lessons Learned• Irrigation can be cut as much as 1/2 and maintain producer profitability• Water conservation requires risk taking• Ag water conservation helps GCDs to locally manage groundwater
  9. 9. More Lessons Learned• Cutting annual irrigation by 3” on 1 million acres saves 250,000 A/F of water• GCD collaboration works
  10. 10. Conclusion Steve Walthourswalthour@northplainsgcd.org 806-922-7402 www.northplainsgcd.org

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