TITLE

Hydrology study shows benefits of traditional acequia irrigation systems

AUTHOR(S)
Moorman, Jane
PUB. DATE
November 2009
SOURCE
Southwest Farm Press;11/19/2009, Vol. 36 Issue 22, p24
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article reports on the study conducted by New Mexico State University (NMSU) on the benefits of acequia irrigation systems. The study not only shows that acequias retain spring and summer runoff to be used later downstream, but also the value of water seepage from the earthen ditches. NMSU assistant professor of watershed management Sam Fernald states that the seepage dilutes the groundwater nitrate, creating better quality water that recharges the aquifer before going back to the river.
ACCESSION #
45666539

 

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