Detailed Reports

The Texas AWE project was documented thoroughly and key findings are included in the Final Report to the Texas Water Development Board.


Year 1 »

A description of the overall progress, problems encountered, delays in the timely completion of work, or change in the objectives of the contract are discussed. A contract was awarded to Axiom-Blair Engineering and subcontracts with Delta Lake Irrigation District, Texas A&M University Kingsville, Texas Cooperative Extension, and others provide support and services to complete Texas AWE.


Year 2 »

Collecting baseline data to be used for evaluating water consumption per cropping system and irrigation method.


Year 3 »

Growers report detailed statistics using new irrigation methods. This includes report yield, water use, and financial information about demonstration sites. To better maintain anonymity of the cooperators' information, the demonstration sites will be referred to by site number.


Year 4 »

Data was not great for this year due to the erratic weather. Hurricane Dolly brought 60 inches of rain in a 3 week period. In our citrus crops, many of the fruit were stripped from the trees in the high wind. Our site data reflects the loss of crops and data and is noted by site.


Year 5 »

In the 2009-2010 season the Project maintained 30 demonstration sites with 16 cooperators. Most of our cooperators are coming to rely on the soil moisture devices and rain gages and for the most part have learned to use them to their advantage. We continue to encourage others to use these devices as they try to better manage their irrigation water.


Year 6 »

The chance to test methods was severly limited due to the dry conditions, followed by Hurricane Alex flooding, and an early freeze prior to harvesting sugar cane and some citrus. We hosted the first ever “Texas Irrigation Expo” in the fall of 2010. The event included vendors of water conservation technologies, sponsors from water conservation organizations as well as speakers, and information booths, which provided information on water conservation and the ADI project.

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Year 7 »

The 2011 drought reinforce the findings that the impacts of flood and drought can be overcome by efficient systems and processes for delivering and applying irrigation water. Texas AWE was offcially branded to have the factual information in easy to understand formats readily available to prepare for the 2013 legislative session.


Year 8 »

In 2012, the Harlingen Irrigation District and partners in the project have shifted focus from trying out and verifying technologies and methodologies to new activities focused on outreach and education. A U.S. Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART grant to subsidize the cost of surge valves for irrigation and training was awarded to Texas AWE because of our research findings that surge valve technology can significantly reduce water consumption across a variety of crops in the region.

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Year 9 »

In 2013 — the penultimate year of funding for this Agricultural Water Conservation Demonstration Initiative — the Texas Project for Ag Water Efficiency took decisive actions to promote more efficient delivery of agricultural water to farms and more precise application on crops.

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Year 10 - Final Report »

From 2005 through 2015, Texas AWE enabled advances in the knowledge and practice of water saving technologies and management techniques, both at the district and on-farm levels. One of the main discoveries from this decade-long study was that numerous opportunities for agricultural water conservation lie within the irrigation districts themselves. The project documented a number of low-cost methods for managing on-farm irrigation that actually improve product quality and enhance net farm income in addition to saving water.