Effects of Irrigated Agriculture on Groundwater Quality in the Corn Belt and Lake Statesby W. A. Mossbarger, Jr., Fuller, Mossbarger, Scott & May, Civil Engineers Inc, Lexington, KY, USA,
R. W. Yost, Fuller, Mossbarger, Scott & May, Civil Engineers Inc, Lexington, KY, USA,
Document Type: Proceeding Paper
Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution
Abstract: Irrigation of croplands has the potential to increase the rates at which water soluble substances are leached from soil into underlying aquifers. This paper evaluates the impact of irrigated agriculture on groundwater quality in the Corn Belt and Lake States. The paper presents an overview of irrigation along with a discussion of factors affecting irrigation such as climate, topography, geology, soils, geohydrology, crops and agricultural practices.
Subject Headings: Irrigation | Irrigation water | Groundwater quality | Crops | Lakes | Water pollution | Agricultural wastes
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