Sustainable Environmental & Economic Development (SEED) Park is a verified nonprofit who is assisting with this project because of the efficient solution to retaining a business under drought conditions. SEED’s mission is to assist business development in a sustainable way through conservation, shared resources and achieving zero waste. The draining of the Ogallala Aquifer, the high soil water evaporation and the deep-water percolation are the main problems that face the agriculture industry in our region.
High Plains Gardens, a nursery in Lubbock County, TX, specializes in xeric and native plants. The greenhouse, located on the 35-year homestead of David and Nancy Hubbard (3211 County Road 5800), uses water from a 185-ft deep well drawing from rock formations in the Ogallala Aquifer. The static water level of the Ogallala in this area has been dropping about 1 ft. per year for the past 30 years. For 2011, it was reported by the High Plains Underground Water District that the average drop in the Ogallala had been 2.9 ft.
During the irrigation season for cotton, the water table drops below the 185 ft. level, leaving this well and the wells of area neighbors, high and dry. In December 2012, watering of winter wheat has also taken place. Drilling a deeper well will allow the individual with the “longest straw” to withdraw water long after the more shallow wells of neighbors have been pulled dry.
The Ogallala Aquifer is being drained at an alarming rate, and as a result, we feel it is imperative to become totally independent of ground water and are working with SEED Parks International toward that end. The solution: collect rain water.
High Plains Gardens is located on a parcel of land northwest of a playa lake basin at an elevation of 3,284 ft. at the highest point and dropping to 3,278 ft. at the lowest point in the southeast corner. During rainfall events, the runoff from approximately 1 section of land (640 acres) flows down the road and ditch, with a large portion spilling across the Hubbard’s property. At times following a heavy rainfall, standing water on the Hubbard property has been at least 2 ft. deep.
The Hubbard property has nine completed buildings, two additional greenhouses under construction and the proposed construction of sheds for housing water storage tanks for a total of 10,766 sq. ft. as a footprint for collecting water. According to the Texas Water Development Board (2006) (TWDB), Lubbock rooftops could yield 16,000 to 20,000 gallons per year from a 2,000 sq. ft. roof. Therefore, the buildings on the Hubbard property could yield about 75,000 to 100,000 gallons of collected rainwater per year.
Help us maintain this long time business with an efficient collection and use of rain water.
To view the full proposal:http://highplainsgardens.com/pdf/Sustainable%20... Funds received will go toward the purchase of water storage tanks, construction of sheds to cover those tanks, gutters, water filters, pumps, and a liner for a pond designed to catch runoff water. Your donation will be greatly appreciated!