Rio Grande Basin Initiative

Improving Irrigation Efficiency and Water Conservation

Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, and the New Mexico State University College of Agriculture and Home Economics are implementing strategies for meeting present and future water demand in the Rio Grande Basin. These strategies expand the efficient use of available water and create new water supplies.

Congress initially appropriated funds for the Efficient Irrigation for Water Conservation in the Rio Grande Basin project, also known as the Rio Grande Basin Initiative (RGBI), in 2001. The initiative is administered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Texas Water Resources Institute, which is part of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University.

This material is based on work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under Agreement No. 2010-34461-20677 and Agreement No. 2010-45049-20713.

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