water conservation http://hppr.org en Water Basics 101 http://hppr.org/post/water-basics-101 <p></p><p>Math helps us understand the causes of water shortages, how much water we’re wasting, as well as predict flooding.&nbsp; The big picture can be seen when you grasp how much water is falling as rain or snow, moving into rivers or aquifers, and how much is being used in cities, industry and farms. &nbsp;An explanation of the current water situation from the National Geographic can be found <a href="http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/03/28/to-understand-water-learn-the-math/">here</a>.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 30239 at http://hppr.org Water Basics 101 Winter Watering http://hppr.org/post/winter-watering <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A trip to the county extension office for a botanical diagnosis of a sickly tree branch paid off with reassurance that all was well. &nbsp;While I was there I was also served up a refresher course in wise watering practices for our consistently dry and thirsty area. &nbsp;We reviewed some things I knew about, but am sometimes lax in following. &nbsp;And I learned a thing or two about making every precious drop of moisture count, even when rainfall is skimpy. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 06:00:02 +0000 Skip Mancini 28683 at http://hppr.org Winter Watering Southeastern Colorado: Pueblo Dam conduit gets approval http://hppr.org/post/southeastern-colorado-pueblo-dam-conduit-gets-approval <p></p><p>The “Frying Pan-Arkansas” project conduit as been planned since the 1960s when the Pueblo Dam was built, but due to lack of funding was never completed.&nbsp; The Bureau of Reclamation recently signed a Record of Decision giving the project the green light according to <a href="http://www.csindy.com/IndyBlog/archives/2014/02/27/arkansas-river-conduit-wins-approval">an article by The Colorado Springs Independent</a>. &nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 06:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 28665 at http://hppr.org Southeastern Colorado: Pueblo Dam conduit gets approval Water Rights: Is contaminating your groundwater with waste water trespassing? http://hppr.org/post/water-rights-contaminating-your-groundwater-waste-water-trespassing <p></p><p>If someone dumps trash in your garage is that trespassing? &nbsp;Obviously, the answer is yes. &nbsp;But, if someone dumps trash water and it contaminates your water, is it still trespassing? &nbsp;The Texas Supreme Court is deciding that issue right now.</p><p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 06:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 26761 at http://hppr.org Water Rights: Is contaminating your groundwater with waste water trespassing? State Lines Would Be Much Different if Water and Topography Determined Location http://hppr.org/post/state-lines-would-be-much-different-if-water-and-topography-determined-location <p></p><p>State boundaries would be a lot different if a 19<sup>th</sup> Century idea would have been used to determine boundaries, and not railroad companies. &nbsp;<a href="http://www.cpr.org/news/story/if-water-resources-determined-state-lines-colorado-would-look">Colorado Matters</a> recently explored the premise with John Lavey, a land use planner at the Sonoran Institute in Montana.</p><p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 06:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 26760 at http://hppr.org State Lines Would Be Much Different if Water and Topography Determined Location The High Plains Irrigation Conference Is For Everyone Concerned About Water http://hppr.org/post/high-plains-irrigation-conference-everyone-concerned-about-water <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The annual High Plains Irrigation Conference is for everyone concerned about water.&nbsp; Regional water issues, an update on Texas Water Board Programs, irrigation trends, best practices for irrigation, and risk management tools are conference topics.&nbsp; A research panel will also debate the issues.</span></p><p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 06:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 26571 at http://hppr.org The High Plains Irrigation Conference Is For Everyone Concerned About Water Oilfield Water Recycling: Good for the environment but not the bank account http://hppr.org/post/oilfield-water-recycling-good-environment-not-bank-account <p></p><p class="body" style="margin: 0in 0in 12pt; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-size:12.5pt;font-family: Georgia;color:#222222">Standing on a sprawling ranch where drilling rigs, cranes and bobbing stripper wells form a makeshift skyline, Jimmy Davis is not thinking solely about sucking up oil. It is not the only precious liquid that is pumped from under the land that he manages according to a <b><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2013/11/22/water-recycling-minimal-growing-texas-oilfields/?utm_source=feedly">recent article in the Texas Tribune</a></b>.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 06:00:04 +0000 Cindee Talley 24824 at http://hppr.org Oilfield Water Recycling: Good for the environment but not the bank account Texas: Is Groundwater a Solution to Disappearing Surface Water? http://hppr.org/post/texas-groundwater-solution-disappearing-surface-water <p></p><p>Life requires water. In Texas the surface water, owned by the state, is drying or dried up, and everyone from farmers to politicians are looking underground to make up the state’s growing water deficit according to <strong><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2013/11/19/texas-look-beneath-surface-water-challenges/?utm_source=feedly">the Texas Tribune</a></strong>. &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 06:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 24578 at http://hppr.org Texas: Is Groundwater a Solution to Disappearing Surface Water? Production Ag: Sub-surface Irrigation Study Findings http://hppr.org/post/production-ag-sub-surface-irrigation-study-findings <p></p><p>The Kansas State University Research Center in Colby, Kansas, has been studying ways to use precious groundwater more efficiently. &nbsp;Subsurface drip irrigation has been tested for 25 years according to the <strong><a href="http://www.hpj.com/archives/2013/nov13/nov18/1104KSWaterSDISystemsDRsr1PIX.cfm">High Plains Journal</a></strong>.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 06:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 24536 at http://hppr.org Production Ag: Sub-surface Irrigation Study Findings Could An Aqueduct from the Missouri River Help Preserve the Ogallala Aquifer and SW Kansas Life? http://hppr.org/post/could-aqueduct-missouri-river-help-preserve-ogallala-aquifer-and-sw-kansas-life <p></p><p>State officials and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are re-evaluating a seminal 1982 federal water supply study that proposed transporting billions of gallons annually from the Missouri River to farms 375 miles away stated a <strong><a href="http://www.circleofblue.org/waternews/2013/world/kansas-army-corps-study-aqueduct-missouri-river-ogallala-aquifer/">recent article in Circle of Blue</a></strong>. &nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 23439 at http://hppr.org Could An Aqueduct from the Missouri River Help Preserve the Ogallala Aquifer and SW Kansas Life? Bushland USDA Ag Research Center: 75 years of putting theory into practice http://hppr.org/post/bushland-usda-ag-research-center-75-years-putting-theory-practice <p></p><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Research Service of the Southern Plains is on a mission.&nbsp; For 75 years, they’ve been working, “to sustainably balance today’s livelihoods with tomorrow’s needs.”&nbsp; An <strong><a href="http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2013-09-02/research-center-continues-tradition-sustainability">article from the Amarillo Globe-News</a></strong> reported scientists at the facility do more than write research papers, they put them into practice.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 21114 at http://hppr.org Bushland USDA Ag Research Center: 75 years of putting theory into practice Report criticizes incentives in the Federal Crop Insurance Program http://hppr.org/post/report-criticizes-incentives-federal-crop-insurance-program <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Farmers across the country received a record breaking 17.3 billion dollars in federal crop insurance payouts after last year’s drought. &nbsp;While the payments were critical for the financial well-being of farmers, the National Resource</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">s Defense Council</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has issued a <strong><a href="http://www.nrdc.org/media/2013/130827.asp?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NRDCPressReleases+%28NRDC+Press+Releases%29 (NRDC press release) http://www.nrdc.org/water/your-soil-matters/" target="_blank">report</a></strong> critical of the structure of the </span><a href="http://www.rma.usda.gov/fcic/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Federal Crop Insurance Program</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (FCIP).</span> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 05:43:03 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 21044 at http://hppr.org Report criticizes incentives in the Federal Crop Insurance Program Texas Groundwater: Money Won't Fix All the Problems http://hppr.org/post/texas-groundwater-money-wont-fix-all-problems <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawmakers pushed this session for a statewide, comprehensive water plan.&nbsp; That includes a proposition that would add $2 billion to the Texas Water Development Board’s portfolio for future water supply projects, if approved.&nbsp; At the annual meeting of the Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts, participants concluded money won’t fix many problems they face reported the </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2013/08/29/groundwater-districts-beset-increasing-water-/?utm_source=feedly" target="_blank">Texas Tribune Fri, 30 Aug 2013 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 20936 at http://hppr.org Texas Groundwater: Money Won't Fix All the Problems Projecting the future of the Ogallala Aquifer http://hppr.org/post/projecting-future-ogallala-aquifer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 1960 just 3 percent of the&nbsp;</span>Ogallala<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;aquifer under Western Kansas had been tapped.&nbsp; By 2010 it was 30 percent.&nbsp; By 2060 it will be 69 percent.&nbsp; And once depleted, it will take 500-1,300 years to completely refill.&nbsp; These projections are all from a recently issued, comprehensive, four year study from Kansas State University.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Quentin Hope 20875 at http://hppr.org Projecting the future of the Ogallala Aquifer Doing More With Less Water http://hppr.org/post/doing-more-less-water <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The future of agriculture across the Great Plains hinges on water. Without it, nothing can grow.</span></p><p>Climate models&nbsp;<a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/thirsty-cities-drain-colorado-farmland">and population growth</a>&nbsp;paint a pretty bleak picture for water availability a few decades from now. If farmers want to stay in business, they have to figure out how to do more with less. Enter: super efficient irrigation systems.</p><p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Luke Runyon 20491 at http://hppr.org Doing More With Less Water Western Kansas confronts the challenges of a dwindling water supply http://hppr.org/post/western-kansas-confronts-challenges-dwindling-water-supply <p></p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 05:01:01 +0000 Frank Morris 19588 at http://hppr.org Western Kansas confronts the challenges of a dwindling water supply Conservation Easements and Land Trust Organizations http://hppr.org/post/conservation-easements-and-land-trust-organizations <p></p><p>More than half of western Great Plains farmers are near retirement age. Many are considering conservation easements as a way of protecting the land from development and subdivision long after they're gone. The federal government, through USDA programs, negotiate easements on land meeting conservation requirements. Other organizations - Land Trusts - have been created specifically for contracting with landowners to quell future development rights to the land. This episode the functions of land trusts and what they're able to accomplish. This story is part one of a four-part series on Conservation Easements. It originally aired on HPPR April 16, 2013</p><p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 14484 at http://hppr.org Conservation Easements and Land Trust Organizations High Plains Food Bank Practices Water Conservation http://hppr.org/post/high-plains-food-bank-practices-water-conservation <p></p><p>Today we'll make our final visit to Amarillo and the High Plains Food Bank, where we'll be investigating the task of watering the large plot that provides food for so many in the Texas Panhandle.&nbsp; Thu, 08 Nov 2012 06:01:00 +0000 Skip Mancini 8626 at http://hppr.org High Plains Food Bank Practices Water Conservation