Water wisdom saves irrigation dollars Style and practicality determined the design of this water-conserving garden in Clovis, California. For owner, the distinctively Southwestern house style suggested a less thirsty garden to match. But the real issues ― a costly water supply, serious soil problems, and the hot, dry summers of the San Joaquin Valley ― were the clinchers.
This picture features a Reclamation construction crew working on the Boise Project in 1914. The Boise Project furnishes a full irrigation water supply to about 224,000 acres and a supplemental supply to some 173,000 acres in southwestern Idaho and eastern Oregon. For more information, on the Boise Project, visit http://on.doi.gov/1baI7Gl
#China: A local boy guiding home his farm cattle. The southwestern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region is plagued by droughts. To enable sustainable livelihoods in the area UNDP has improved communities access to drinking water and introduced a more efficient irrigation system. By 2030 the #GlobalGoals for Sustainable Development agreed by countries at the #UnitedNations last year aim to achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all. Regram @UNDP #China…
Forty years of heavy irrigation by rice and cotton farmers have taken their toll on the once-mighty Aral Sea in southwestern Kazakhstan, reducing it from one to three separate bodies of water. Over the past several decades, fish disappeared, salinity increased and large quantities of pesticides were released into the atmosphere.
Originating in the Altay Mountains of southwestern Siberia and emptying into the Arctic Ocean, the Ob River, and its major tributary, the Irtysh, stretch for 3,364 miles, making it the seventh longest river in the world. The Ob is used mostly for irrigation, drinking water, hydroelectric energy, and fishing; and for years, the Ob was the only road in or out of a vast region of Siberian wilderness,
COLORADO RIVER Known for its dramatic canyons and whitewater rapids, the Colorado is a vital source of water for agricultural and urban areas in the southwestern desert lands of North America. The river and its tributaries are controlled by an extensive system of dams, reservoirs and aqueducts, which furnish water for irrigation and municipal supplies of almost 40 million people both inside and outside the watershed.