Irrigation: River Flow Impact

Authored by: Robert W. Hill , Ivan A. Walter

Encyclopedia of Natural Resources

Print publication date:  July  2014
Online publication date:  June  2014

Print ISBN: 9781439852583
eBook ISBN: 9781351043847
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-ENRW-120010370

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Abstract

The practice of irrigation necessitates developing a water source, conveying the water to the field, application of the water to the soil and collection and reuse or disposal of tailwater and subsurface drainage. These processes alter river basin hydrology and water quality in space and time. To sum up the effect of irrigation on a watershed in a word, it would be: depletion.

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