About the Ag Water Conservation Clearinghouse

Project

The Agricultural Water Conservation Clearinghouse (AWCC) is funded in part by the USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture with the goal of researching, compiling, and assembling, in an accessible and educational manner, information regarding agricultural water conservation. This innovative web-based project is an initiative of the Moving Forward on Agricultural Water Conservation in the Colorado River Basin project, a study by the Colorado Water Institute at Colorado State University in which engineers and social scientists are learning from agricultural producers what conservation methods are likely to work in their area and what changes to the many surrounding factors may be needed for agricultural water conservation to be fully effective in practice.

Although the main focus of the Clearinghouse is on agriculture in the semi-arid and arid west, the AWCC also includes water conserving practices in agriculture across various climates and regions of the United States and the world. The website is dynamic and can be manipulated by each user according to the information the user seeks. This project is a collaborative endeavor. It not only comes from the needs of the nation’s water supply and demand institutions, but also serves the needs of these institutions and individuals alike. Through the tools provided, better decisions about future water supply and demand can be made.

Geographic Region

The area of concentration is primarily in the Western United States, but also includes regions where similar water conservation practices in agriculture are prevalent.

Intended Audience

The targeted audiences are USDA-NIFA Water Coordinators, water resource managers, agricultural producers, and various decision makers who are involved with water management, policy, and law throughout the Western United States and nationally.

Project Goals

The project goals are to increase access to information which will help build collaborative relationships between and among agencies, provide technical expertise regarding agricultural water conservation, and offer detailed information on the management, policies, and laws surrounding agricultural water conservation.