Tools for Flow Restoration
At The Freshwater Trust, we want to keep lands working and rivers healthy. We work with willing landowners on a voluntary basis, and below are just some of the ways we can help landowners. The Freshwater Trust recognizes that every situation is unique so we take the time to ensure that the transactions work for both landowners and rivers.
- Modified land management – water users switch to crops that use less water, plant trees and change irrigation practices. Changes can include focusing water use on their most productive land or during the most productive time of year.
- Conservation – water users improve irrigation systems to save water that is then kept instream.
- Water use agreements – water users agree to shorten the length of their irrigation season or withdraw only when there is a certain level of water in the stream.
- Point of diversion change – water users withdraw from a downstream location, leaving more water in the driest stretches of streams.