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Texas Water Development Board Director Jackson Keynotes Field Day

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As a highlight of the final year of North Plains Groundwater Conservation District's award-winning demonstration project, Texas Water Development Board Director, Kathleen Jackson presented the Keynote address during the Field DayLuncheon in Stratford, TX on September 8, 2014.

Jackson was appointed by Governor Rick Perry as one of three members of the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) in March of 2014. Jackson has a diverse background representing agricultural, environmental, industrial, and wholesale-supply interests. As a registered professional engineer, Jackson served as public affairs manager for one of the world's largest petroleum and petrochemical producers. Additionally, she was involved in production agriculture with her late husband, who ran a cattle operation and farmed rice.

The TWDB provides water planning, data collection and dissemination, financial assistance and technical assistance services to the citizens of Texas for the purposes of planning for the state's water resources and providing affordable water and wastewater services.

The TWDB has been a financial partner in the "200-12 Reduced Irrigation on Corn Demonstration Project" (200-12 Project) since 2011 and has recently agreed to continue funding assistance through the 2018 growing season. In total the TWDB has committed almost $450,000 in Agricultural Water Conservation Grants for the project.

Since 2010, the "200-12 Project" has demonstrated best practices for saving water and allowing agricultural irrigation producers to remain profitable and financially viable with limited and diminishing groundwater resources. The "200-12 Project" has yielded compelling results and garnered awards, support and statewide and national recognition under some of the most intense drought conditions in modern history. The project was awarded the 2011 Blue Legacy Award for Agriculture from the Texas Water Conservation Advisory Council and the 2012 Texas Environmental Excellence Award for Agriculture from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Three Field Days are being presented in September to continue the transfer of this important information. In addition to preliminary results from the 2014 "200-12 Project," information will also be shared from the district's collaboration with Texas AgriLife Extension, the Efficient Profitable Irrigation in Corn (EPIC) project. The EPIC project was a 2012 recipient of the Blue Legacy Award for Agriculture.

Dates and times for the field days are as follows:

September 8, 2014 Sherman County Barn, Stratford, TX 9:00 am

September 10, 2014 Ochiltree County Expo Building, Perryton, TX 9:00 am

September 11, 2014 North Plains Water Conservation Center, Etter, TX 9:00 am

For more information regarding the Field Days, contact Kirk Welch at 806-922-7947 or click here.

2013 200-12 Report Now Available

Click here to view the full report.



2014 Hydrology and Groundwater Resources Report

The "2014 Hydrology and Groundwater Resources" document is intended as a general information report about the District, the District's Programs, the regional geology and hydrology and groundwater resources. It includes sections about District Monitor Wells, Water Quality, Annual Groundwater production and includes maps depicting estimated depth of water, estimated annual decline in water table and estimated saturated aquifer material.

To download the 2014 Hydrology and Groundwater Resources Report, click here.

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