Farmers, ranchers, agency personnel, educators, and the interested public are invited to attend the next Stewarding Our Aquifer Field Day presented by Ogallala Commons on Thursday, October 13, from 9:30am-1:30pm (doors open at 9am). The event will be held in the Floyd County Friends Unity Center, located at 990 FM786 between Lockney and Floydada.
Participants will learn about management practices that can reduce groundwater depletion in the region, improve playa management for recharge of the Ogallala Aquifer, and assist in the transition from irrigated agriculture to rainfed agriculture.
“As evidence is emerging that decades-long patterns of aquifer depletion are being slowed and even reversed in parts of High Plains Water District territory, it is critical that educational tours be held to explore the management practices that are taking place in these localities such as improving soil health, using cover crops, improving playa ecosystems, and greatly limiting or discontinuing irrigation,” explains Darryl Birkenfeld, Executive Director of Ogallala Commons.
During the event, participants will hear about playa ecosystems and the Texas Playa Conservation Initiative, a drip irrigation project through the Texas Alliance for Water Conservation, and towns in Texas and Kansas that are employing playa restoration as a strategy for ensuring adequate groundwater supplies for the future of their communities. After a sandwich lunch, the group will go into the field for a tour.
Registration for the event is $20 per person (which includes the cost of lunch). Register online or contact Darryl Birkenfeld, Ogallala Commons Director (firstname.lastname@example.org or 806-945-2255). The registration fee can also be paid at the door.
The Field Day is sponsored by Ogallala Commons and its partners: Playa Lakes Joint Venture, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, High Plains Water District, and the Dixon Water Foundation.