Task 1: Irrigation District Studies
This task area conducts economic and engineering evaluations of irrigation district infrastructure needs and develop data and strategies for efficiently delivering water to facilitate infrastructure improvement projects.
Task 2: Irrigation Education and Training
This task area develops and implements irrigation technology to evaluate and demonstrate high- performance technologies and cropping systems.
Task 3: Institutional Barriers to Water Conservation
This task area identifies legal and institutional barriers that keep irrigation districts and producers from investing in or creating incentives for water conservation.
Task 4: On-Farm Irrigation System Management
This task area demonstrates, evaluates, and documents the benefits of improving on- farm irrigation system managements. Along with developing and delivering tools to help producers improve irrigation scheduling, maximizing economic and efficient water use, and use the most effective irrigation systems
Task 5: Urban Water Conservation
This task area develops, evaluates, and implements strategies for increased landscape water conservation and reuse of municipal effluent in urban settings, with particular emphasis on drip and microirrigation for turf and woody ornamentals. This task area also provides education for homeowners and other urban water users for improved in-home and landscape water usage.
Task 6: Environmental, Ecology, and Water Quality Protection
This task area evaluates whether the use of drip and other efficient irrigation systems can reduce occurrence and persistence of pathogens in soils and vegetable crops. Also to develop and communicate methods for improved aquatic and other weed control that conserve water while protecting water quality. Lastly this task produces and delivers land and water management educational programs and databases to support long term ecological goals, including healthy native fish, migratory birds, and other wildlife populations. Along with that generating strategies to restore and protect riparian areas and habitats are also included in this task.
Task 7: Saline and Wastewater Management and Water Reuse
This task area provides targeted research and educational programs regarding soil salinity, saline water use, residential wastewater treatment, wastewater reuse and practices that successfully use saline and reclaimed water resources to irrigate urban landscape plants and agricultural crops.
Task 8: Basin-wide Hydrology, Saline Modeling, and Technology
This task area makes the available of educational and outreach programs developed from satellite imagery that assesses impacts of land-use changes on water demands. It also provides techniques to estimate evapotranspiration and crop water stress and develops models that help monitor the hydrology and movement of salts in the rio Grande Basin. Lastly, this task uses predictive modeling to detail drought occurrence and suggest alternative management strategies for various rainfall scenarios.
Task 9: Communications and Accountability
This task area provides project oversight, biometric, and communications support and accountability and assures high-quality program visibility. This task also reports program outcomes and results of collaborations among scientists, Extension personnel, institutions, and agencies. Lastly, it ensures timely communication of impacts and outcomes to both technical audiences and the general public through reports, meetings scientific papers, press releases, and future articles.