Economic and environmental trade-offs of irrigation Best Management Practices in the Lower Arkansas River Valley
The flows of the Arkansas River cascade through the Rocky Mountains and spill into Colorado's eastern plains. In the Lower Arkansas River Valley (LARV), these flows serve irrigators on over 250,000 acres, and are critical to the production of everything from corn to cantaloupes. Concurrent to the "goods" produced with this irrigation, are a series of "bads" occurring in the form of pollution. Elevated selenium, nitrate, and salinity concentrations have been related to high volumes of irrigation return flows, and threaten compliance with the Arkansas River Compact. Implementing a series of regional ...
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