Soil and Water Systems' Researcher Publishes on Irrigation Efficiency
September 10, 2018
Department of Soil and Water Systems' Richard Allen published a study in August in Science in collaboration with researchers from 10 other institutes. The study investigates how to accommodate increasing freshwater demands despite finite freshwater resources. They found that increasing irrigation efficiency is failing to reduce water consumption and, paradoxically, may make water scarcity worse. For example, increases in irrigation efficiency in the Snake River basin have reduced groundwater recharge and the supply of river water to irrigators.
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