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.
For example, proposals are due May 7, 2018 for consideration for the 2019 District budget cycle beginning October 1, 2018 and ending September 30, 2019.
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
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