Through our outreach efforts, OWCAP seeks to exchange knowledge and expertise with decision makers “on the ground”, prioritizing effective (and developing new) ways to help stakeholders learn and make use of sound, science-​supported information and expert guidance on water conservation and water use efficiency.

Check back as we further develop this page with our outreach-​related news and work on:

  • Meeting stakeholders “where they are at” by sharing our project’s research through a range of communications strategies (in-​person, print, digital, video/​audio, webinars, etc.)
  • Leading and supporting hands-​on workshops and on-​farm demonstrations to educate users on new decision support tools and best management practices for irrigation and cropping methods and technologies
    Integrating the expertise of producers to strengthen the credibility of Extension information
  • Applying our project’s biophysical models to evaluate the impacts on groundwater of different cropping and policy scenarios relevant at the sub-​regional/​watershed (and possibly groundwater management district) level
  • Developing a web-​based one-​stop shop “marketplace” to showcase ground-​truthed and science-​supported tools and practices
  • Forums and summits: creating new opportunities for learning, exchange and engagement by bringing together diverse stakeholders to discuss key topics at the local, sub-​regional, and aquifer-​wide level
  • Daran Rudnick (UNL) discusses research activities including the Testing Ag Performance Solutions program (taps​.unl​.edu) at the West Central Research and Extension Center’s Field Day August 24, 2017.
  • Xiaomao Lin (KSU) discusses long-​term temperature trends with producers and researchers at Forum focused on drought mitigation and preparedness in Clovis, NM in April, 2017. Scroll through one of the Forum’s presentations, given by OWCAP collaborator Chuck West (TTU): “Linking Climate to Groundwater Conservation: How do we deal with declining water supplies in an agriculturally productive region?”
  • CSU’s PhD student Agustín Nuñez and Technician Angie Moore collect deep soil cores from a field near Burlington, CO, that transitioned from irrigated to dryland management about 10 years ago. Nuñez seeks additional farmers in eastern Colorado, Nebraska, and western Kansas with formerly irrigated fields currently in dryland crops/​CREP/​Pasture willing to have their fields sampled. Click here for more information.
  • Collaborators from the Ogallala Water CAP and the Texas Alliance for Water Conservation visiting fields near Lubbock.

  • March, 2017 meeting (Amarillo, TX) Ogallala Water CAP hydrologists, agricultural economists and irrigation engineers from CO, KS, TX and CA pushing forward on their integrated modeling work.