An Evaluation of Drainage Conditions in the San Joaquin Valley

by M. Manucher Alemi,
George Nishimura,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


The discovery of deformities and deaths of aquatic birds at Kesterson Reservoir in 1983 substantially altered the perception of agricultural subsurface drainage water threats in the San Joaquin Valley as well as the perception of acceptable drainage management strategies. Wildlife contamination threats and drainage management have become focal concerns. The San Joaquin Valley Drainage Program, a federal/State program, responded to these concerns in its 1990 drainage management recommendations. This paper seeks to report in measurable terms the progress made in implementing those recommendations.

Subject Headings: Drainage | Subsurface drainage | Water pollution | Deformation (mechanics) | Irrigation water | Groundwater | Aquatic habitats | Birds

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