Economic Incentives Encourage Improvements In Farm-Level Water Management Practices

by David Cone,
Laurie Houston,
Dennis Wichelns,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


The Broadview Water District has implemented economic incentive programs in recent years to encourage improvements in irrigation practices to reduce the volume of subsurface drain water collected in the District. Many farmers in Broadview have improved their management of surface irrigation methods and have begun using sprinklers for pre-irrigating cotton fields and for germinating tomatoes. As a result, average annual water deliveries and drain water volumes have been reduced, resulting in smaller loads of salt and selenium in drain water that must be re-used or discharged to the San Joaquin River.

Subject Headings: Water management | Water discharge | Surface irrigation | Subsurface drainage | Salt water | Economic factors | Agriculture

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