Irrigation innovations cut Flint River water use

By on May 9, 2012
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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 spent three years writing about fish and science around the Great Lakes. Now he writes here about fish and science across the country. He's the editor of the Environmental Monitor.

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