Quantifying the relationship between irrigation activities and wetlands in a northern Colorado watershed: assessing this added value of irrigation
The construction over the past 130 years of an extensive canal system throughout Colorado has allowed for the spread of irrigated agriculture further and further from the water source. Irrigation activities and associated return flows serve multiple benefits to the surrounding ecosystem health and function, specifically the creation and maintenance of wetlands that would otherwise not exist. This research aims to quantify the relationship between cropland irrigation and down gradient "incidental" wetlands, to allow for the valuation of ecosystem services provided by water in agriculture. ...
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