We usually think of water as a renewable source, but this isn’t technically true – all water that exists today, is the same water that has always existed, and it is the only water that will ever be available (view this video from EPA to get a better idea about how water moves through the hydrologic cycle on earth. There are no new sources of water, but how we use water can change. As climate changes and population grows, we are increasingly stressing our water sources, especially our groundwater (for more basic information on groundwater visit: What is Groundwater). Groundwater is the largest source of irrigation water in Maryland’s coastal plain, and it is also the slowest water source to recharge, or replenish itself. It can take from weeks to up to 10,000 years for water from the surface to reach the water table below the surface and refill the groundwater that has been used.Read More
Happy Friday (and happy April Fool's Day)! Here is our weekly round up of news and upcoming events. Check out the ALEI newsletter and be sure to sign up for our upcoming webinars. Read on for news on a new ALEI project, new zoning regs in Wicomico County, and updates on Supreme Court cases.Read More
This press release can also be found on the AREC website.
College Park, MD - Specialists in the field of agricultural law and water from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC) in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources will play key roles in a new multidisciplinary effort to develop innovative, safe and sustainable ways to irrigate food crops in variable climates. The “CONSERVE” Center of Excellence, established with a $10 million, four-year award from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will be led by Amy Sapkota from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health.Read More