Sustainable Water Management
The Sustainable Water Management Challenge Area research enhances and protects natural waters to sustain agricultural production and environmental health.
Why Are We Tackling Water Management Challenges?
Maintaining an adequate supply of clean water represents one of the greatest challenges of the 21st Century. Especially as agriculture accounts for more than 80 percent of US water use. The agriculture sector’s need for water poses significant demands on ground and surface water resources. Agriculture’s thirst can deplete the water supply and harm water quality. Shifting climate conditions also present water challenges. Further, the increasing demand for nutritious, affordable foods creates additional demand for water.
Sustainable water management is the solution. Practices that improve water management can meet agriculture’s water needs, respond to climate change, produce nutritious food and protect the environment.
Our research engages stakeholders and social scientists to develop and implement best management practices and better decision support tools. This interdisciplinary research advances in-field, edge-of-field and regional water management across a range of hydro-climatic conditions.
Sustainable Water Management Research Vision
Our research focuses on:
- Potential or unrecognized threats to ground and surface water;
- Water management techniques;
- Decision tools and modeling supporting sustainable water management;
- Understanding concerns and broadening engagement in water resource management; and
- Integrated monitoring and research to evaluate outcomes and improve best management practices and decision support tools.
This research supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals, 17 global goals to enhance peace and prosperity, eradicate poverty and protect the planet. Our Sustainable Water Management Challenge Area builds partnerships to fund research supporting the following SDGs:
We Pioneer Sustainable Water Management
Congress established FFAR to increase public agriculture research investments, fill knowledge gaps and complement USDA’s research agenda. Our public-private partnerships match federal funding from Congress with private funding, delivering a powerful return on taxpayer investment.
Our Sustainable Water Management grants, programs and consortium advance best practices, improve profitability and protect vital water resources.
Learn more about our Sustainable Water Management grants, programs and consortium.
Sustainable Water Management Awarded Grants
Optimizing Water Use in Agriculture by Stacking Conservation
USU CAES, Central Utah Water Conservancy District, E&I Conservation District, Unitah Conservation District, North Cache Conservation District, Senninger Irrigation, Central Iron County Water Conservancy District, USU RGS
Aqua Engineering Inc., Colorado Corn, Colorado State University, Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska (DWFI), Fresno State Center for Irrigation Technology, Irrigation Association (IA), Jain Irrigation, Kansas State Research and Extension - Kansas State University, Lindsay Corporation, Northern Water, Rubicon Water, Senninger Irrigation Inc., Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Valmont