Effect of irrigation practices on stream depletion in the Arikaree River, eastern Colorado
Irrigated agriculture is of paramount importance to the economy and livelihoods of those living in much of Eastern Colorado. Here, wells feeding center pivot systems draw groundwater from the High Plains Aquifer, and are commonly employed to supplement the meager amounts of natural precipitation. It is commonly accepted that a well actively pumping in the vicinity of a natural stream or river could, under certain circumstances, divert water from the stream itself and/or divert baseflow away from the river. Recent studies conducted on the Arikaree River, located in Yuma County, Colorado, have ...
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