The production of ornamental crops and maintenance of landscape plantings are activities associated with the use of large amounts of irrigation water. Drought and stiff competition for water resources are leading these activitiesto consider the use of alternative, non-traditional, water resources to cope with limited availability ofgood-quality water (destined to other pressing human needs and uses). Alternative irrigation waters include municipal reclaimed water, recycling of drainage and runoff effluents, stormwater, rainwater, graywater and brackish (naturally-saline) waters. These sourceshave chemical constituents and profiles that are stressful for plant growth and can potentially lead to unwanted environmental impacts - like impairment ofwater resources.We are conducting research studies and disseminating information to ornamental plant growers and landscape managers about the chemical composition and effects arising from the use of thesealternative water resources, and the most suitablepracticesto succesfully manage them inproduction scenarios and for the supplemental irrigation of landscapes.In addition to contributing tothe sustainability of ornamental crop production and functional urban landscapes, these research and outreach activities are aimed atminimizing the environmental impact of these activities (i.e. reduced pollution of surface and ground bodies of water). These efforts include presentation of results in educational/extension meetings, scientific meetings and disemination throughwritten and electronic publications (technical reports,peer-reviewed publications,newsletters, blogs, magazines, etc.).
|Effective start/end date||10/1/15 → 9/30/20|
- National Institute of Food and Agriculture (National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA))