Russia Redistributes River Flow

by Norman Precoda, Consulting Engr.; Santa Barbara, Calif.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1975, Vol. 45, Issue 2, Pg. 72-73

Document Type: Feature article


Large interbasin water-transfers are underway with several more scheduled in the Soviet Union, changing the direction of natural river flow. The overall plan is to expand agricultural lands through irrigation projects in Central Asia and the Volga River basin. Dry land farming of some arid lands in this region have been relatively unsuccessful because of inadequate rainfall. Around the Caspian and Azov Seas adverse conditions�� particularly increased salinity and reduced water area�� are developing and will increase if new water sources are not developed to offset the increased usage. The various canal systems will distribute irrigation waters as well as carry additional water to the deteriorating bodies of water.

Subject Headings: Salt water | Arid lands | Streamflow | River flow | Irrigation water | Irrigation systems | Basins | Russia | Europe

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