Water and Climate Program
Products and Services Briefing Book
Benefit to Irrigated Agriculture
The Western United States requires a dependable supply of reasonably
priced, good-quality water if the economy is to prosper and the quality of
life is to remain high. Vast areas that receive just a few inches of
annual rainfall produce bountiful crops, but only with irrigation.
Decisions on the types of crops to plant, the number of acres, and
irrigation scheduling all depend on reliable forecasts of the year's water
supply. Water is truly the life blood of the West.
Irrigated Land (in Acres) Managed Using
Water Supply Forecast / Snowpack Information