Rio Grande Basin Initiative Earns First Water Resources Award
The Rio Grande Basin Initiative project is the first recipient of the NIFA Outstanding Integrated Program Water Resources Team Award. The project addresses water management throughout the Rio Grande Basin , bringing together research, extension, and education efforts to address local, state, regional, national, and international water concerns. Improved precision irrigation techniques and scheduling, developed and extended through this integrated project, have conserved more than 200,000 acre-feet of water per year.
The Rio Grande Basin Initiative project is a collaborative effort between Texas A&M University and New Mexico State University. Craig Runyan, from New Mexico State, and Bill Harris, from Texas A&M, accepted this national honor.
The Outstanding Integrated Program Water Resources Team Award is given jointly by NIFA and the Committee for Shared Leadership for Water Quality. The Committee for Shared Leadership includes representatives from each of 10 regions, representatives from 1890 and 1994 land-grant universities, and the NIFA water quality program national program leader.
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