Subsurface Drip Irrigation Aims to Combat Water Resource Constraints
More than 82 percent of the population in the Central Great Plains region could lose their primary water source if an alternative irrigation method is not found. Research on the issue that began in 1989 is now directed by researchers at Kansas State University. The project aims to increase water conservation, maintain water quality, and further develop subsurface drop irrigation technology. If irrigation trends continue to decline and an alternative method is not found and utilized, the Ogallala Aquifer could decrease by 69 percent in the next 50 years.
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