Big Sandy Salinity Control Project: a USDA, NRCS-funded project that reduces salt loading to the Colorado river system by reducing deep percolation of irrigation water in the Eden Valley Irrigation Project near Farson, Wyoming.

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Year Published: 2005
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Author: Swift, R. ; Clause, K.
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The Big Sandy Project was one of the three original salinity control projects that would reduce the salt contribution to the Colorado River from irrigated agriculture. The objective was to reduce salt loading to the Colorado River by almost 50,000 t/year through improvements in irrigation systems and irrigation water efficiencies. The project successfully used cost share programmes to encourage cooperation from the irrigators. To date nearly $9,000,000 of cost share money has been spent from a variety of programmes. The cost, when amortized over a 25-year period, is around $25 dollars per tonne. Crop yields in the project area under improved irrigation systems have doubled from 4.5 t/ha to 9t/ha annually.

Pages: 179 - 180
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Journal: International salinity forum - managing saline soils andwater: science, technology and social issues. Poster PresentationAbstracts, Riverside Convention Center, Riverside, California, USA,25-28 April 2005
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cooperative activities, costs, crop yield, irrigatedfarming, irrigation systems, irrigation water, percolation, planning,projects, river valleys, river water, saline water, salinity, waterpolicy, water pollution, water quality, water use efficiency, USA,Wyoming, Mountain States of USA, Western States of USA, USA, NorthAmerica, America, Developed Countries, OECD Countries, Great PlainsStates of USA, remediation, stakeholders, USDA, costings, salt water,United States of America, United States Department of Agriculture, watercomposition and quality, Water Resources (PP200), Soil Water Management(Irrigation and Drainage) (JJ800) (Revised June 2002) [formerly SoilWater Management], Natural Resource Economics (EE115) (New March 2000),Policy and Planning (EE120), Soil Fertility (JJ600), Pollution andDegradation (PP600), Community Participation and Development (UU450)(New March 2000)

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