Idaho Farmers Jointly Cut Water Consumption

Idaho Farmers Jointly Cut Water Consumption

News Type: Regional Source: Yale Climate Connections
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To grow potatoes, sugar beets, corn, and wheat, many Idaho farmers rely on water from the Eastern Snake River Plain aquifer.

It’s one of the largest aquifers in the world. But since the ’50s, water supplies have been dwindling because of increased demand and climate change.

So in 2015, groundwater users collectively agreed to reduce their use by an average of 13%.

Two years later, Katrina Running of Idaho State University surveyed farmers to learn how they had adjusted to the new policy.

She found that on average they had implemented nine different water-saving strategies.