Southern San Joaquin Drainage Water Management

by Douglas E. Davis,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


This paper addresses management of subsurface saline drainage water in a closed basin in the Southern San Joaquin Valley. A large number of ponds have been constructed to evaporate saline agricultural drainage water and provide drainage for otherwise poorly drained farmlands. Water is evaporated so that there is a means of disposing of the drainwater. This has caused a variety of physical and environmental management problems. These problems as well as potential solutions will be described.

Subject Headings: Drainage | Water management | Light rail transit | Salt water | Subsurface drainage | Drainage basins | Evaporation | Agriculture | California | United States

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