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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- A recent study made about the effect of
irrigation practices on water use within the Kansas High Plains has
concluded that water use has not decreased or increased significantly
due to more efficient irrigation practices.
The data show that even though efficiency of irrigation systems
have improved, the total irrigated acres and acres of water intensive
crops have both increased simultaneously. This study, made by the
U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the Kansas Water Office,
analyzed for trends in irrigation water use, acres irrigated,
precipitation, irrigation system types, and irrigated crop types to
determine the effects of irrigation practices on water use.
"The USGS study was done concurrently with a companion study by
Kansas State University which examined water conservation of
irrigation systems with farmstead level data. These studies are being
used to re-evaluate the State cost share programs on irrigation
systems as a water conservation tool," said Susan Stover of the
Kansas Water Office. "Our intent is to help irrigators conserve and
extend the usable life of the aquifer."
Copies of Scientific Investigations Report 2006-5069, "Effects of
Irrigation Practices on Water Use in the Groundwater Management
Districts within the Kansas High Plains," by Charles A. Perry, may be
accessed online at pubs.water.usgs.gov/sir2006-5069/ or may be
purchased from the USGS Information Services, Box 25286, Federal
Center, Denver, Colo. 80225, or call 1-888-ASK-USGS.
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