Irrigation innovations cut Flint River water use

By on May 9, 2012

A coalition of farmers, scientists and government agencies is working to keep Georgia’s Flint River from running dry in drought-stricken summers, according to a report from National Geographic.

The partnership has allowed for a test bed of an irrigation method that conserves water  by only spraying the parts of a field that need it, reducing volume over the region’s popular but less-discriminating center-pivot sprinklers.

Keeping more water in the river could help species like the Gulf Sturgeon and oval pigtoe mussel.

Read more at National Geographic News Watch.

Image credit: University of West Florida.


About Jeff Gillies

Jeff Brooks-Gillies has written about science, energy and the environment for going on 10 years. He's a native Michigander who, after a stint in Colorado, lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two kids.

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