Irrigation: River Flow Impact

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

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
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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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