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Food-Energy-Water Nexus innovations in storage for resilience

Increasing regional to global-scale resilience in a climate constrained world

Resilient natural resource management hinges on understanding the complex and interdependent relationships between food, energy and water (FEW).  In the Columbia River Basin (CRB), these issues revolve around the competition for limited surface water resources to sustain irrigated agriculture, hydropower generation, and in-stream flow requirements for endangered fish populations. This proposal seeks to develop a framework for achieving maximum co-benefits between FEW sectors to foster CRB resilience.  Using conceptual and bio-physical regional models, this project will evaluate FEW innovations in technology and institutions across multiple spatio-temporal scales and develop storage management strategies that incorporate stakeholder feedback to identify, legitimize and remove barriers to innovative solutions.


The spatial distribution of FEW systems across the CRB.


National Science Foundation
United States Department of Agriculture
Washington State University


A Food-Energy-Water Center Collaborative (FEW2C) interdisciplinary project involving:

In participation with:

Project Updates

CRB Treaty Story Map

View written and visual summaries of managers, stakeholders, and researchers opinions from the Columbia River Transboundary Conference, Sept 2019.  Visit Lessons from One River, One Future

Stakeholder Report

Columbia FEW Progress Report,  December 2019.

Overview Article

‘Food, water and energy resources – the rule of three’,
Research Features, issue 121, July 2017,
pp. 78-81, ISSN: 2399-1534.