Peace – Evaluation of Irrigation Potential in the BC Peace Region [pc05]
|Status||completed in 2016|
|Project Lead||BC Grain Producers’ Association|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture|
Download and read the project summary as a PDF: Evaluating Irrigation Potential in the Peace Region.
Dry and drought conditions are projected to increase and intensify with climate change in the Peace region. Competition for water from non-agricultural uses, and water use restrictions, have prompted some agriculture producers to question whether the current and future water demand for agriculture has been adequately considered in planning scenarios. There is currently very little irrigation of crops in the region, but this project takes am important step towards establishing potential for irrigation in the region, a step needed in order to adequately assess future agricultural water demand. Conducting an irrigation feasibility study was one of the actions identified in the Peace Adaptation Strategies to support agriculture to adapt to dry and drought conditions.
The project objectives were to : 1) identify appropriate irrigation systems based on current and future cropping scenarios; 2) identify constraints related to irrigation in the region; 3) establish preliminary cost-benefit estimates for various irrigation and cropping scenarios, and; 4) help establish the future potential for irrigation and water demand for crop production in the region. The project will address these goals by looking at water supply, water demand and economics.
The findings of this project are available for local agricultural organizations and local governments for their consideration, and may ultimately be integrated into local and regional planning initiatives.