Green Industry Water Conservation Project Final Report
The production of container grown nursery crops is one of the largest segments of irrigated agriculture in Texas. Despite the scale of this industry, little is know about how water is used in crop production or the volume of water used statewide. In an effort to enhance the long term availability of high quality irrigation water, the Texas Water Development Board, in cooperation with Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association initiated the Texas GREEN Industry Water Use Project. The goal of the project was to work cooperatively with nursery/floral producers to disseminate information on conservation practices and to collect water-use and conservation data. This report summarizes accomplishments of the specific objectives including determining a general level of conservation practices used and an estimate of water use by sources and counties. It also describes a series of statewide educational field days that were conducted for commercial container nursery crop producers.
The LandscapePro Online Educational Training Program is a collaborative
effort between the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association and Texas Cooperative
Extension. This program has been designed to provide basic information
on a variety of topics for entry-level career opportunities in the commercial
Water Resources Education
This informative Web site is a product of the Texas Water Resources Institute.
It includes written material, slidesets, and video based information related
to water conservation in Texas.
Potential Evapotranspiraton Coefficients
The TexasET Network is part of the federally funded Rio Grande Basin Initiative
administered by the Texas Water Resources Institute. Important information
contained on this site includes rainfall, relative humidity and temperature
data and tools which enable the calculation of required water application
rates to achieve desired turfgrass qualities.
Water Conservation - XeriscapeTM
Authored by Drs. Doug Welsh, Dick Duble, and Bill Welch, this Texas Cooperative
Extension publication describes the founding principles of XeriscapeTM,
what has come to be known as WaterWise landscaping. In addition to a discussion
of the principles of landscape water conservation, several helpful lists
of outstanding landscape plants are included.
Use of Water in the Garden and Landscape
A comprehensive publication written by a team of Texas AgriLife Extension Service
horticulturists that presents a wholistic view of landscape and garden
water use. In addition to excellent illustrations, the publications contains
data tables with estimated water use by certain plants and recommendations
for types and spacing of low water use drip irrigation emitters.
for Energy Conservation
Written by Dr. William C. Welch, this Texas AgriLife Extension Service publication
is an excellent companion to "Efficient Use of Water in the Garden and
Landscape" with a focus on the way plants (notably trees) affect temperatures
and wind movement in the landscape.
of Irrigation Management
Extension leaflet outlining considerations for irrigation management in
nursery/floral production operations. Prepared by Don Wilkerson, TCE Extension
a Management Plan for Irrigation Runoff
This publication outlines the need for and describes the process to use
in preparing a irrigation/runoff management plan for the commercial nursery/floral
producer. Prepared by Don Wilkerson, TCE Extension specialist.
the Quality of Irrigation Water
Guidelines for interpreting water quality measurements in the commercial
nursery/floral production operation. Prepared by Don Wilkerson, TCE Extension
and Recycling Irrigation Runoff
The capability to re-use irrigation water is an important resource for
the modern day nursery/floral producer. This publication describes systems
for analyzing and reusing irrigation water. Prepared by Don Wilkerson,
TCE Extension specialist.
Originating in Colorado under the title, "XeriscapeTM," Water
Wise landscaping approaches combine seven principals of good landscape
practices to produce water efficient landscapes. These landscapes are
an attractive alternative to the turfgrass lawn which does not always
perform well in areas with rocky soil, high summer temperatures and long
periods without rain1. Does this sound like anyplace in
By proper planning, design, soil analysis and amendments, appropriate
plant selection, efficient irrigation techniques, appropriate use of
turf, mulches, and maintenance, a successful, appealing landscape can
be developed without increasing peak summertime demands on our stressed
The seven principals of water wise landscaping are described herein,
along with summary programmatic and ordinance approaches which can
assist utilities engaged in implementing Best Management Practices
for water conservation.
A key element in planning the Water Wise landscape is the selection
of environmentally-appropriate plants. Our PlantSelector database is "regionalized," so
that the order in which plants are presented to you varies with your
locality. The landscape plants in the database have each been rated
by a team of "plant experts" knowledgeable about the best plants for
We hope this online resource helps you better plan YOUR Water