A major part of domestic and agricultural water needs in this district are met from groundwater and water management is an integral part of all-round socio-economic development of the region. The Art of Living was approached by the district authorities of Gadag to take care of water management.
The River Rejuvenation team led by Nagaraj Gangolli comprises of geologists, hydrologists, and soil experts have a 360-degree approach that not only focuses on water management but also gives new direction and a renewed sense of well being amongst local people, reviving agriculture and bringing hope for the future.
The multi-dimensional approach of the organization includes building artificial recharge structures, undertaking extensive afforestation focusing on native species, and training the local farmers on sustainable agriculture as part of the river-revival initiatives. Bringing a spiritual awakening in these communities to build youth and community leadership stands at the core of these efforts and is the key to the success of the projects so far. Work is in progress in 35 panchayats, under which 300 structures are complete and 750 structures are to be built in the area.
To further make the rejuvenation work fruitful for the villagers and for long-term gains, the team has taken up the task of teaching the farmers, natural farming methods. 1200 families from 122 panchayats have been identified to undergo training in natural farming techniques and growing crops