On World Water Day, NCSU Awarded USDA Grant to Improve Water Quality
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On World Water Day, NCSU Awarded USDA Grant to Improve Water Quality

March 22, 2016

N.C. State University is one of 10 recipients of a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant that will help communities improve water quality and quantity.

The USDA awarded the school about $485,000 of $8.5 million in grants as part the agency's work serving as permanent co-chair of the National Drought Resilience Partnership (NDRP).

NDRP is designed to help communities sustain and expand efforts to reduce their vulnerability to the impacts of drought. Drought affects millions of Americans and poses a serious and growing threat to the security and economies of communities nationwide. Responding to and recovering from past droughts has shown that focused collaboration across all levels of government and the private sector enables productive solutions that build regional resilience.

In support of this work, the 10 grants announced will support research, education, and outreach through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Water for Agriculture Challenge Area, administered by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

The Challenge works with universities to develop regional systems for sustainable use, reuse, flow and management of water; and at the watershed and farm scales, tackle water issues related to agricultural production and environmental sustainability. Grants recipients include:

  • Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo., $2,400,531
  • University of Maryland, College Park, Md., $3,449,757
  • University of Montana, Missoula, Mont., $486,621
  • North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C., $484,990
  • Stockholm Environment Institute U.S. , Davis, Calif., $484,764
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif., $485,000
  • University of California, Riverside, Calif., $126,181
  • Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, Texas, $499,895
  • Pennsylvania State University, State College, Penn., $49,188
  • Universidad Metropolitana, San Juan, Puerto Rico, $50,000

Funded through the 2014 Farm Bill, the AFRI Water for Agriculture Challenge addresses critical water resource issues such as drought, excess soil moisture, flooding, water quality and related challenges in an agricultural context. Funding for this program will be used to develop management practices, technologies, and tools for farmers, ranchers, forest owners and managers, public decision makers, public and private managers, and citizens to improve water resource quantity and quality.