Effective Use of Upper Snake River Water Resources

by John W. Frink,
Martin K. Fulcher,

Serial Information: Journal of the Irrigation and Drainage Division, 1967, Vol. 93, Issue 1, Pg. 99-112

Document Type: Journal Paper


Nearly 2,500,000 acres are irrigated in Upper Snake basin. Of these, 1,000,000 have a deficient water supply. An additional 3,000,000 acres of arable land have no water supply. Yet nearly 7,000,000 acre-ft flow out of the area annually of which 60% is ground-water discharge. Surface holdover storage sufficient to supply the above lands cannot be identified and the abundant ground water supply is mostly beneath presently irrigated lands. Therefore, further development must depend on coordinated surface and ground water use exchange of sources of supply and artificial recharge. Numerous hydrologic and geographic factors establish limiting parameters within which detailed planning may proceed. Studying the possible layouts and operations of such projects is being undertaken by analog studies of the ground water reservoir and computer studies of the river system.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Rivers and streams | Groundwater flow | Groundwater supply | Basins | Surface irrigation | Water storage | Groundwater management

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