Delta – Delta’s future agricultural water supply and demand [dl12]
|Status||in progress: Feb 2019 to Mar 2020|
|Project Lead||Delta Farmers Institute|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture, City of Delta|
|Other Partners||Agriculture producers, Delta Farmers Insitute, City of Delta|
This project will assess the impacts of climate change on Delta’s agricultural water supply and future demand of that water as well as provide recommendations for priority improvements to meet current and future agricultural water needs.
Delta’s agricultural water supply comes from a system of ditches, intakes and control structures that serve over 6,000 hectares of agricultural land, over half of which is irrigated. Climate change is anticipated to increase irrigation demand across Delta while changes to Fraser River flows and sea level rise are expected to reduce intake windows of fresh water availability.
The project will evaluate how supply and demand will shift with climate change and assess potential enhancements to the system to enable water delivery to currently underserved areas.
This project will:
- assess the capacity of the current agricultural water system under future climate conditions, including increased water demand and reduced water intake windows
- assess the feasibility of prioritized improvement to the agricultural water system, including agricultural water demand, practical hydrology and infrastructure requirements
- conduct a high level cost-benefit evaluation of prioritized improvements