Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Water + Energy - Kansas Style

There is little doubt that water and energy are related - especially here in western Kansas where so much energy is used to pump groundwater.  That's one of the main reasons I was so pleased to participate on the nomination committee within the Climate + Energy Project (CEP) to seek out innovative water and energy activities.  I've blogged about this group before - here.

As a result of all this work, the CEP has been planning a website to showcase the selected activities following a nomination and selection process, and field interviews with the principals.  The CEP has just announced that their website, WaterAndEnergyProgress.org, is now up and running.  

You'll have to be patient, though, as the CEP is going to unveil the selected activities one at a time - one each month.  I won't tell you what the selected innovations are, but they are wide-ranging in nature, and involve conservation approaches that should be achievable by most producers.  

According to project manager Rachel Myslivy, "The stories will contain links to research, funding opportunities, and supporting organizations. Digital farm tours, podcasts, and written materials will be used to tell the story of each successful innovation.  You can look forward to guest bloggers, event announcements, spotlights on research and all sorts of great information about innovations in agriculture."

The hope is to tell about and spur discussion and further conversation about the innovative activities in such a way that will encourage and bring about collaborative research, a strengthing of personal networks, and a continuation of innovative thinking across Kansas.

That's a tall order, but an important one, none-the-less.

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