The Economics and Management of Water and Drainage in Agriculture

Editors: Dinar, Ariel, Zilberman, David (Eds.)

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Jan van Schilfgaarde, USDA Agricultural Research Service and National Research Council Committee on Irrigation-Induced Water Quality Problems In 1982, a startling discovery was made. Many waterbirds in Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge were dying or suffering reproductive failure. Located in the San Joaquin Valley (Valley) of California, the Kesterson Reservoir (Kesterson) was used to store agricultural drainage water and it was soon determined that the probable cause of the damage to wildlife was high concenĀ­ trations of selenium, derived from the water and water organisms in the reservoir. This discovery drastically changed numerous aspects of water management in California, and especially affected irrigated agriculture. In fact, the repercussions spilled over to much of the Western United States. For a century, water development for irrigation has been a religiously pursued means for economic development of the West. The primary objective of the Reclamation Act of 1902 was, purportedly, the development ofirrigation water to support family farms which, in turn, would enhance the regional economy (Worster, 1985).

Table of contents (48 chapters)

  • Introduction and Overview

    Dinar, Ariel (et al.)

    Pages 3-8

  • Irrigation, Drainage, and Agricultural Development in the San Joaquin Valley

    Mercer, Lloyd J. (et al.)

    Pages 9-27

  • Overview of Sources, Distribution, and Mobility of Selenium in the San Joaquin Valley, California

    Gilliom, Robert J.

    Pages 29-47

  • Hydrologic Aspects of Saline Water Table Management in Regional Shallow Aquifers

    Grismer, Mark E. (et al.)

    Pages 51-70

  • Ground-Water Pumping for Water Table Management and Drainage Control in the Western San Joaquin Valley

    Quinn, Nigel W. T.

    Pages 71-97

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Economics and Management of Water and Drainage in Agriculture
Editors
  • Ariel Dinar
  • David Zilberman
Copyright
1991
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Kluwer Academic Publishers
eBook ISBN
978-1-4615-4028-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4615-4028-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4613-6801-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 946
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