Ground Water Pollution Potential from Irrigation—Eastern United States

by James N. Krider, USDA, Washington, DC, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution


The purpose of this paper is to present an evaluation method for determining the influence irrigation of agricultural land has on regional ground water quality. It integrates data on irrigation water use, agricultural chemical use, texture of surficial soils and characteristics of ground water aquifers. These data aided the establishment of a generalized rating of potential hazards. The results clearly show areas of high hazard such as along the coastal zone. And they show areas where hazards are not generally recognized. Evaluation methods presented could be useful for assessing more localized areas.

Subject Headings: Groundwater pollution | Irrigation water | Irrigation | Water pollution | Water quality | Soil pollution | Agricultural wastes | Groundwater quality | United States

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