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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Irrigation and Water Quality

Albert J. Clemmens Research Leader

Irrigated agriculture is the major user of water in the western United States.  While water is considered a renewable resource, it is often in short supply or of poor quality.  Increasing demands are being made on limited water supplies by agriculture, cities, and industries. Thus, the objectives of the Irrigation and Water Quality Research Unit are to develop management strategies and physical hardware needed to attain the most efficient use of irrigation water, to protect groundwater in areas where agricultural practices would have the potential for degrading water quality, and to reuse wastewater.



Last Modified: 12/16/2005