The Engineer and Worldwide Conservation of Soil and Water

by Orson W. Israelsen,

Serial Information: Journal of the Irrigation and Drainage Division, 1958, Vol. 84, Issue 3, Pg. 1-22

Document Type: Journal Paper


The role of the engineer in worldwide soil and water conservation necessary to meet increasing food requirements is emphasized. A brief review of progress by construction of drainage systems and irrigation projects is presented. Some of the large surface reservoirs are listed, the volumes of surface-reservoir water stored for irrigation are reported; and the needs for more use of groundwater reservoirs is suggested. The necessities for efficient conveyance of water in world canals of more than a million miles in length are stressed. The relationships of efficient application of water on the farms, in the estimated 15 million irrigations per year, to worldwide soil and water conservation are outlined.

Subject Headings: Water conservation | Soil water | Drainage systems | Irrigation systems | Reservoirs | Construction management | Surface irrigation | Surface water

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