Senator Duncan Discusses Water Plan With Area Farmers - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/10/04

Senator Duncan Discusses Water Plan With Area Farmers

Conserving water on the south plains is top priority for a state senator from Lubbock. Senator Robert Duncan turned to area farmers for their input on a proposed water conservation project worth $10 million.

Both Senator Duncan and our area farmers are aware farm irrigation consumes a great deal of water from the Ogallala aquifer. In the interest of sustaining the cornerstone of our economy they are working on a new venture to teach farmers how to conserve.

Where do we need to be 50 years from now? How are we going to make Lubbock viable in 50 years and have resources? How are farmers going to produce in 50 years to keep our economy going? Those are the questions everyone wants answered and they're the reason Senator Duncan is proposing an irrigation conservation project to south plains farmers.

Over 100 people showed up to listen to the senator's proposal, but more importantly to give their ideas and input. "Producers are the best scientists in the world.. They're out there working every day, coming up with thousands of ideas about how to do things differently,” said Senator Duncan.

Duncan's project is state funded by $10 million over ten years. The ultimate goal is to have a state-wide conservation program in place. That program would help farmers save water while at the same time increasing yield. “He understands how important the aquifer is to the economy in this area and anything we can do to preserve is going to be good. I'm glad to see he's taking the bull by the horns and being pro-active on this,” said Jimmy Wedel, a Muleshoe farmer.

“I think people are just a little bit nervous about change, but we realize we've got to and we have to be very progressive in our change,” says Barry Evans, a Kress farmer.

Farmers did voice their concerns over the costs of being progressive. They want to make sure funding will be available for new advances in equipment but what concerns them more is the cost of losing control of their rights to pump water. "At some point if somebody says you can only pump x amount then I have to cross that line and say are you infringing on my rights?” Wedel says.

Senator Duncan hopes pilot conservation programs will be put in place within one to two years.
The next step right now is doing the research. That includes working with farmers to incorporate their ideas. Though we may not see full-blown changes for a few years, Senator Duncan believes change begins "right here right now."

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • After years of dejection, proponents of gun laws see hope

    After years of dejection, proponents of gun laws see hope

    Saturday, February 24 2018 10:35 AM EST2018-02-24 15:35:23 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 4:46 AM EST2018-02-25 09:46:08 GMT
    The progression has become numbingly repetitive - mass bloodshed unleashed by a gunman, followed by the stories of the fallen, the funerals and mourning. (Source: AP Photos)The progression has become numbingly repetitive - mass bloodshed unleashed by a gunman, followed by the stories of the fallen, the funerals and mourning. (Source: AP Photos)

    "Our kids have started a revolution:" Teens' activism after Florida school shooting has some hopeful for action on gun policy.

    "Our kids have started a revolution:" Teens' activism after Florida school shooting has some hopeful for action on gun policy.

  • NRA, Florida face backlash after latest school shooting

    NRA, Florida face backlash after latest school shooting

    Saturday, February 24 2018 4:36 AM EST2018-02-24 09:36:41 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 4:35 AM EST2018-02-25 09:35:50 GMT
    (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File). FILE- In this Feb. 15, 2006, file photo, BlackRock headquarters is shown in New York. U.S. companies are taking a closer look at investments, co-branding deals and other ties to the gun industry and its public face, the ...(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File). FILE- In this Feb. 15, 2006, file photo, BlackRock headquarters is shown in New York. U.S. companies are taking a closer look at investments, co-branding deals and other ties to the gun industry and its public face, the ...

    NRA faces corporate backlash after latest school shooting.

    NRA faces corporate backlash after latest school shooting.

  • 2 dead as severe weather moves eastward through central US

    2 dead as severe weather moves eastward through central US

    Sunday, February 25 2018 2:25 AM EST2018-02-25 07:25:46 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 3:36 AM EST2018-02-25 08:36:35 GMT

    A man in northeast Arkansas and a woman in south central Kentucky both were killed as the storm that also included strong winds, hail and heavy rain that triggered flooding muscled its way through the area, according to authorities.

    A man in northeast Arkansas and a woman in south central Kentucky both were killed as the storm that also included strong winds, hail and heavy rain that triggered flooding muscled its way through the area, according to authorities.

Powered by Frankly