Water For Agriculture
This symposium and workshop will provide a platform to bring together scientists, water managers, water users, and other partners to discuss challenges facing applications of water science and management in Montana. The first day of the event, May 14th (9am-3pm), is a symposium held at the University of Montana's James E. Todd building (room 210). Along with a day of presentations (see agenda below), coffee, snacks, and lunch will be provided, as well as a research poster session to be held during lunch. On May 15th, we have invited a group of water scientists and managers to UM's Lubrecht Experimental Forest to continue the discussion in a facilitated workshop setting. This will be an engaging meeting between academics, water practitioners, economists, and agricultural experts. This event is associated with research activity of projects funded by USDA, NASA EPSCoR, and NSF through the UM BRIDGES program at the University of Montana. The aim of the symposium and workshop is to further develop capacity to improve agricultural water management in Montana.
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Water for Agriculture Workshop
"Integrating science, technology, and policy to address
Montana's water management challenges"
Day 1: 8:45am - 3:00pm @ UM James E. Todd building room #210
- Breakfast (8:45am - 9:00am)
- Introduction, context and panel (9:00am - 12:00pm)
- Meeting overview and introductory remarks from Provost Harbor. Jon Harbor, Executive Vice President and Provost of the University of Montana; Marco Maneta, Associate Professor of Hydrology and Hydrologic Modeling, University of Montana. (9:00am - 9:15am)
- Context of Montana's hydro-climatology. Kelsey Jencso, Director of Montana Climate Office and Associate Professor of Hydro-climatology, University of Montana. (9:15am - 9:35am)
- Context of Montana's agriculture. Bruce Maxwell, Professor of Agricultural Ecology, Montana State University. (9:35am - 10:00am)
- Break (10:00am - 10:15am)
- Water management in Montana. Paul Azevedo, Chief Water Management Bureau, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. (10:15am - 10:45am)
- Panel discussion (10:50am - 12:00pm)
- Lunch (12:00pm - 1:00pm)
- Science presentations (1:00pm - 3:30pm -- 15 minute presentations, 5 minutes for q&a)
- Ecosystem stress from declines in water supply. Zack Holden, Research Scientist, US Forest Service. (1:00pm - 1:20pm)
- Source and quality of water in Montana landscapes. Stephanie Ewing, Associate Professor of Soil Hydrology, Montana State University. (1:20pm - 1:40pm)
- Field-scale decisions in Montana's agriculture. Bruce Maxwell, Professor of Agricultural Ecology, Montana State University. (1:40pm - 2:00pm)
- Economic modeling of farmer adaptation to changes in water availability. Kelly Cobourn. Associate Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Virginia Tech. (2:00pm - 2:20pm)
- Break (2:20pm - 2:30pm)
- Water policy constraints and opportunities. Brian Chaffin, Assistant Professor of Water Policy, University of Montana. (2:30pm - 2:50pm)
- Satellite data-driven models for agricultural applications. John Kimball, Professor of Remote Sensing, University of Montana. (2:50pm - 3:10pm)
- Integrating science and technology for water management. Marco Maneta, Associate Professor of Hydrology and Hydrologic Modeling, University of Montana. (3:10pm - 3:30pm)
- Drive to Lubrecht/personal time (3:30pm - 6:00pm)
- Dinner (6:00pm)
- Evening socializing (7:00pm-)
Day 2: 8:00am-4:00pm @ Lubrecht Experimental Forest
- Breakfast (8:00am - 9:00am)
- Icebreaker activity (9:00am - 9:15am)
- Technical presentation of model capacity (9:15am - 10:15am)
- Break (10:15am - 10:30am)
- Facilitated discussion/engagement with Montana agency professionals (10:30am - 12:00pm)
- Lunch (12:00pm - 1:00pm)
- PI/Technical meeting (1:00pm - 4:00pm with break)
- Model building process/what we have learned so far
- What does the next phase of the project look like?
- Priorities for project/model expansion: Reservoirs; Groundwater; Instream flows; Water quality; Applications for entire US.
- What are the policy implications and how do they drive what is next for the model?