Analyzing the effects of high water tables on evapotranspiration from uncultivated land in Colorado's Lower Arkansas River Valley
The Lower Arkansas River Valley in Southeastern Colorado is an important agricultural region. More than a century of intensive irrigation has raised the water table of the region causing several agroecological problems including water logging, soil salinization, and leaching of selenium into waterways. These issues could be addressed, in part, through improving irrigation practices, lining irrigation canals, and other strategies that lower the water table. A lower water table may increase crop productivity in some areas, and it is expected to reduce the ground water gradient that drives return ...
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