First of its Kind Water Saving Pilot Project in Alabama

Dan Alabama, Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES), Cattle, Livestock, USDA-NRCS


Watersheds are the natural source of water for every living thing and require ongoing conservation measures to ensure everyone thrives. So, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama (NRCS-AL) continues working with local soil and water conservation districts, local government agencies and land grant research institutions to explore innovative methods that help offset the effects of climate change and build resiliency into watersheds.

One project is currently underway in Alabama where NRCS has partnered with the Alabama Soil and Water Conservation Committee (ALSWCC) and the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service (ACES) to implement a pilot program called The Alabama Irrigation Initiative. It is designed tohelp address unpredictable weather patterns in the state.

“This initiative is the first-of-its-kind where WFPO funds are used to convert rain-fed farmland to irrigated farmland by encouraging the adoption of water-saving irrigation systems and techniques such as drip, micro or center pivot irrigation,” offers NRCS Alabama State Conservationist Ben Malone. “Using water-efficient practices allows farms to become more sustainable during times of drought.”


Six watersheds have been selected to participate in the pilot project; three watershed plans have been authorized of which two were recently completed. The pilot program aims to install sustainable conservation measures that will prevent soil erosion, protect water quality and the water supply in the state.

To learn more about these projects, click here. Farmers interested in participating in the initiative are encouraged to contact their local NRCS office. More information can also be found on the NRCS partner’s websites: ALSWCC and ACES.