What we do

Troughs collect irrigation runoff for reuse

Troughs collect runoff for reuse

Growers recognize the need to conserve water and reduce runoff, but changes to water management can be risky. The Water Education Alliance for Horticulture and Clean WateR3 aim to support nursery and greenhouse growers with research and information.

Water Education Alliance for Horticulture

An extension effort funded in part by Clean WateR3 and industry partners. Our goal is to increase water recirculation, reduce runoff and water-related disease, algae, biofilm, and crop nutrition issues in the greenhouse and nursery industry. We bring growers and water industry representatives together in hands-on workshops. Our website provides online resources and webinars related to recycling water and reducing runoff.

Clean WateR3 - Reduce, Remediate, Recycle

Our projects focus on developing sustainable remediation technologies to encourage use of alternative water resources, especially recycled irrigation runoff, to decrease dependence on potable water, and enhance long-term economic viability. This is possible thanks to an award from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop Research Initiative, and the involvement of 22 researchers in 9 universities. The objectives of this project are to:

  • Reduce contaminant loading into recycled water sources via treatment technologies and improved water management strategies.
  • Evaluate treatment technologies (physical and biological) to Remediate pathogen, pesticide, and nutrient contaminants.
  • Provide online and published information to help growers successfully Recycle water.

The Water Education Alliance for Horticulture and Clean WateR3 strive to provide growers with the information they need to manage irrigation water effectively. We appreciate your input. If you have any resources you would like to see posted on our site, or if you have questions about water management or about the Alliance, please contact us.