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  1. Water ManagementNational Grain Trade CouncilNew Orleans, LASeptember 24, 2004 Dennis K, Carman, P.E. USDA NRCS National Water Management Center

  2. WaterImpacts on Your Industry • Is the water supply sufficient to maintain our current activities? • What if there is growth? • What are potential issues on the horizon for water rights? • How will irrigation practices be impacted? • Will water transportation continue to be a dependable form of transportation for agriculture commodities? • How is US water situation over the next 10-15 years affected by the practices in Canada/Mexico and vice-versa?

  3. Water Resources 101 Let’s look at: Rainfall and population Where we use water For what purposes What are the issues (where do we have conflict?) Grain – Where is it produced We will also take a quick “global water look” as some of the same relationships

  4. Rainfall Distribution

  5. People locate where there is water • Impacts the demand • Competition for water • Industrial • Agriculture • Environmental

  6. Trends in U.S. Water Use

  7. Water Resource Issues • Are we running out of water? • No …..however • Your view depends on • Where you are located • What are your interests • What is your purpose • When you ask the question

  8. Globally our water balance is static • We have no more or no less water today than during the dinosaur age

  9. We do have significant regional and local issues

  10. Let’s look a little closer at your portion of the agriculture business • Irrigated acres • Where there are significant water quantity “issues” • What changes are taking place • How does this impact your business?

  11. Regional Issue: California Imperial Valley Irrigation District (IID) and San Diego County Water Authority Water Transfer Agreement How will the water transfer agreement between IID and San Diego work?IID would conserve water through on-farm or system projects and then transfer that conserved water to the San Diego County Water Authority. Under California State law, IID may conserve and transfer water without the losing their present perfected water rights. How much water does this transfer involve?Twenty thousand acre-feet of conserved water would be transferred in the first year of the contract. Deliveries would then increase in 20,000 acre-foot increments until a maximum of 200,000 acre-feet is reached in year ten of the contract.