The High Plains Water District funds a number of research and demonstration projects. We invite district residents and water conservation professionals with innovative ideas to submit requests for proposals (RFPs). These projects should focus on water conservation demonstration, education or research.

Past funding has been awarded to projects relating to the Dockum Aquifer, rainwater harvesting, agricultural water conservation, urban water conservation and groundwater reuse.


HOW TO APPLY

Annually, the HPWD Board of Directors may review and approve funding requests for conservation research and demonstration within the District.  Proposals must be received no later than the first Monday in May each year to be considered for funding for the following District budget cycle beginning October 1.


2018-2019 Research & Demonstration Grants

Bushland Independent School District: Middle school waterwise learning garden

City Of Wolfforth: Edwards-Trinity (High Plains) Aquifer investigation

HPWD Field Research: Basin-based aquifer recharge system

Ogallala Commons: Playa management field days

Sharing Hope Ministry: Rainwater harvesting tanks for Garden of Hope

Tarleton State University: Plant polymers for removal of total dissolved solids (TDS)

Texas 4-H Water Ambassadors: Leadership Academy

Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Lubbock: Development and deployment of drought-tolerant corn hybrids

Texas Tech University, Dept. of Plant & Soil Science: Soil Health in Residential Landscapes

USDA-ARS Conservation Production & Research Laboratory, Bushland and Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension, Amarillo: Lawn irrigation management workshop

West Texas A&M University: Water productivity of commercial-scale aquaponics

2017-2018 Research & Demonstration Grants

Ogallala Commons: “Stewarding Our Water Cycle” internship and Playa Management Field Days

Texas 4-H Water Ambassadors: Leadership Academy

Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Bushland: Well monitoring instrumentation in Southwest Potter County

Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Service (Lubbock, Amarillo, Bushland and College Station): Automatic center pivot speed control for irrigation water conservation

Texas Tech University, Dept. of Plant and Soil Science: Comparing forage potential of forage sorghum, pearl millet and corn under limited irrigation

2016-2017 Research & Demonstration Grants

Bushland Independent School District: Elementary school waterwise learning garden

Tarleton State University: Using plant-based polymers as effective treatment agents in the removal of dissolved solids and radioactive materials from the Dockum Aquifer

Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension, Amarillo: Evaluation of the depth and water quality of the Dockum Aquifer in Southwest Potter County

Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension: Soil Endoscope

Texas Tech University, Dept. of Civil, Environmental & Construction Engineering: Brackish groundwater quality monitoring in the Dockum Aquifer

Texas Tech University, Dept. of Plant & Soil Science: Inclusion of alternative crops into cropping systems to extend the life of limited groundwater

West Texas A&M University: Best practices for small and medium scale rainwater harvesting for maximum economic value

2015-2016 Research & Demonstration Grants

City of Abernathy: Dockum Aquifer depth and salinity study

Ogallala Commons: “Stewarding Our Water Cycle” internship

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Castro County: Soil moisture monitoring equipment

Texas A&M Research and Extension, Amarillo: Enhancing irrigation research facilities in the Texas High Plains

Texas Tech University, Dept. of Agricultural and Applied Economics: Economic analysis to determine the feasibility of groundwater supplementation from the Dockum Aquifer

Texas Tech University, Dept. of Plant and Soil Science & Dept. of Agriculture Economics: Economic analysis of residential irrigation habits and landscape design to reduce outdoor water usage

USDA-ARS Conservation & Production Research Laboratory, Bushland: Conserving agricultural water with traveling drip irrigation, LEPA and LESA

2014-2015 Research & Demonstration Grants

Texas Tech University, Dept. of Plant and Soil Science: Turfgrass Research

Texas Soil & Water Conservation Districts: Irrigation well flow testing and water well efficiency testing