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The Texas Alliance for Water Conservation (TAWC) is a producer-led demonstration funded by the State of Texas through the Texas Water Development Board. Initial funding for this demonstration came through Senate Bill 1053 that was sponsored by Senator Robert Duncan. The TAWC, partnered with the Texas Coalition for Sustainable Integrated Systems Research (TeCSIS) long-term integrated systems research at Texas Tech University, provides for research, demonstration, and implementation to reduce water use while ensuring the economic viability of agriculture in the Texas High Plains.
This Demonstration Project is overseen by a Board of Directors comprised of area producers from Hale and Floyd Counties in cooperation with scientists from Texas Tech University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Texas A&M Agrilife Research and Extension, USDA-ARS and NRCS, and the High Plains Underground Water District No. 1.
The TAWC program is intended to link research with on-farm demonstration sites that can demonstrate water savings and maintain profitability through use of alternative production systems, water saving technologies, and management tools that allow the producer to save water and remain profitable. As water continues to decline in the Ogallala Aquifer and policies are developed to limit agricultural water use, the ability of our producers to remain both productive and profitable requires closer cooperation between research and production systems and improved interaction and information exchange. This project is intended to bridge the gap between research and “real-world” agricultural production systems through a tighter coalition of researchers and producers and is intended to benefit our agricultural community by providing them with alternative strategies and decision aids that are useful and easily accessible.
TAWC Solutions is intended to provide a simple web-based management decision tool and an ET (evapotranspiration) tool that can aid in improved management decisions in the application of irrigation water. The tools on this site are evolving and through their use we hope to continue to improve and expand their capabilities to help secure the future of agriculture in the Texas High Plains.