Monitoring Water Quality and Use in Colorado

by Henriette Emond, (S.M.ASCE), Colorado State Univ, Ft. Collins, United States,
Jim C. Loftis, Colorado State Univ, Ft. Collins, United States,
Terence Podmore, Colorado State Univ, Ft. Collins, United States,
Forrest Leaf, Colorado State Univ, Ft. Collins, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Policy and Management: Solving the Problems

Abstract:

This paper presents the results of a two year study on the impact of irrigation water use on water quality near Greeley, CO. Data on irrigation application efficiency, deep percolation, and nitrate levels were collected and analyzed. Results indicated a wide range of application efficiencies and deep percolation percentages. NO 3-N levels in the pumped ground water often exceeded EPA drinking water standards. NO3-N in the South Platte River water was below the EPA standards.



Subject Headings: Water quality | Water conservation | Water use | Irrigation | Percolation | Environmental Protection Agency | Standards and codes | United States | North America | Colorado | Washington

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