Water Quality Considerations for Surface and Subsurface Agricultural Drainage

January 12, 2017

WHAT ARE THE WATER QUALITY CONCERNS WITH DRAINAGE WATER?

Drainage water can be a source of nutrients, salts, and other contaminants that can deteriorate water quality. Drainage water will eventually reach irrigation canals, wetlands, creeks, rivers, or lakes. These water bodies are used for drinking water, irrigation, industrial use, and/or recreation activities, and most sustain aquatic ecosystems.

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