Summit Goals

  1. Increase networking & collaboration among the region’s water-​focused community members
  2. Encourage momentum of activities related to advancing ag water management and sustaining the vitality of High Plains communities
  3. Identify common vision, practices, and opportunities applicable across state lines that have the potential to benefit the aquifer region over the short- and long-​term 2021 

Summit Agenda

Due to the COVID-​19 pandemic, this event was rescheduled from an event to be held in Amarillo, TX, in March 2020, to an online virtual event held on February 24-​25, 2021.

This event’s format was designed to build on and expand beyond information shared and activities catalyzed by the inaugural 2018 Ogallala Aquifer Summit.



Who attended? 

The 2021 Ogallala Virtual Summit brought together a diverse group of of over 200 participants including producers, water district and city managers, technology and commodity group representatives, state and federal agency staff, university/​extension staff, students, and others.

High interest keynotes and panels served as springboards for thought-​provoking, and action-​oriented discussions among participants in small group facilitated workshops that took place throughout the event.

Summit Speaker and Panelist Bios 


Summit Poster Summary Slideshow

  • Summit Summary

  • Mindset

  • Water Legacy

  • Broaden the Communication Base

  • Be Adaptive vs. Reactive

  • Commit to Conservation

  • Youth Education

  • Engage the Next Generation

  • Instill Leadership Skills

  • Panel #1 Summary

  • Panel #3 Summary

  • Capstone Session Summary

  • Closing Keynote: Macy Downs, Texas 4-​H Water Ambassador


Summit Resources

  • State Updates: White paper summaries and other resources from the eight states that overlie the Ogallala aquifer region, plus two other white paper topics
  • Research Highlights: Video research and outreach summaries from OWCAP team members, postdoc researchers, and graduate students.
  • Aquifer Perspectives: Video clips from a variety of water stakeholders across the region including ag producers, state water agencies, conservation districts, and more

Panels and Talks

Panel #1: What Motivates Action?



Panel #2: Managing Risk with Limited Water



Panel #3: Water + Communities



Panel #4: Water and Common Ground



Panel #5: Effective Communications and Training the Next Generation of Water Leaders



Keynote Speech: Natalie Houston U.S. Geological Survey, Water Use in the Ogallala Aquifer



Terry Cosby, Master Acting Chief, USDA-​Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)



Jim Dobrowolski, National Program Lead, USDA-​National Institute of Food and Agrictulure (NIFA)





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