Addressing Impediments and Incentives for Agricultural Reuse


Agricultural water reuse has the potential to increase the resilience of water and agricultural systems through benefits such as irrigation enhancement, nutrient management, water supply diversification, and compliance with water quality permits. The most successful agricultural water reuse projects invariably address multiple objectives and deliver co-benefits to diverse stakeholders. They do this through early, ongoing, and strategic stakeholder engagement and partnerships. However, wide-ranging—yet surmountable—barriers and tradeoffs hinder the realization of these benefits and scaling reuse.

This webcast was based on WRF project 4956, Addressing Impediments and Incentives for Agricultural Reuse, and features a guidebook highlighting specific strategies for addressing barriers to agricultural water reuse. Presenters shared key findings and resources from the project guidebook, including a summary of thirteen illustrative profiles of the projects and programs advancing agricultural water reuse in the United States. This webcast should equip stakeholders with additional resources on strategies for evaluating, incentivizing, and overcoming common barriers to agricultural water reuse projects across diverse geographic and agricultural contexts.


  • Anne Thebo, PhD, Senior Researcher, Pacific Institute / Research Scientist, Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington
  • Warren Teitz, Team Manager, Resource Development, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
  • Kathy Boomer, PhD, Scientific Program Director, Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research


  • Harry Zhang, PhD, PE, Research Program Manager for Integrated Water and Stormwater, The Water Research Foundation