"The primary unity of the West is the shortage of water." -- Historian Walter Prescott Webb
Everyone knows water is essential but the perceived value of water quickly increases when water is in short supply. Whether a water shortage is caused by drought or by the simple fact that South Dakota is a semi-arid state, water is valuable and should be conserved. Water conservation is also a good practice even when water is plentiful. Not only will your good conservation habits be in place when shortages do occur, you will save money on water and energy bills!
Water Saving Tips for:
Many of the conservation tips provided here are from the Water Use Efficiency Program, US Environmental Protection Agency. Additional information and links regarding conservation of water are available at www.waterwiser.org, American Water Works Association. Also, the Southern Nevada Water Authority website has excellent tips and ideas on conserving water.
Agricultural Irrigation Management Tips:
- Checkbook Irrigation Scheduling -- SD State University Extension Service
- Irrigation Water Management: Measuring Soil Moisture -- SD State University Extension Service
- Irrigation Management: Using Electrical Resistance Blocks to Measure Soil Moisture -- SD State University Extension Service
- Best Management Practices for Irrigation -- Natural Resources Conservation Service
- SD Governor's Drought Task Force
- South Dakota Drought Information -- SD Dept. of Agriculture
- SD Cooperative Extension Service Drought Information - SD State University
- US Drought Monitor -- Several federal and academic partners
- National Drought Mitigation Center -- University of Nebraska - Lincoln
- NOAA's Drought Information Center -- National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration