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Title: Water and energy in the western coal lands

Abstract

Solutions to problems of water quality and quantity are critical to energy resource development in the western U.S. According to various independent surveys, the Upper Colorado River Basin will experience severe water availability problems by 2000 if projected energy and agricultural development occurs. The shortage could be averted if existing water resources are conserved and managed properly. Conversion and cooling technologies and careful siting can greatly reduce the water requirements of energy development. Agricultural water conservation strategies include: improving irrigation and cultivation practices; removing phreatophytes; removing marginal lands from production; and changing crop patterns. To achieve significant conservation, however, there must be changes in water laws in the western U.S.changes that would increase incentives to conserve water. (4 graphs, 1 map, 18 references)

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Water Purification Assoc, Mass
OSTI Identifier:
5465221
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Water Resour. Bull.; (United States)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 15:1
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; ENERGY SOURCE DEVELOPMENT; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGION; WATER SUPPLY; WESTERN REGION; LEGAL ASPECTS; RECOMMENDATIONS; NORTH AMERICA; USA; 530200* - Environmental-Social Aspects of Energy Technologies- Assessment of Energy Technologies- (-1989); 290300 - Energy Planning & Policy- Environment, Health, & Safety

Citation Formats

Plotkin, S.E., White, I.L., and Gold, H. Water and energy in the western coal lands. United States: N. p., 1979. Web. doi:10.1111/j.1752-1688.1979.tb00292.x.
Plotkin, S.E., White, I.L., & Gold, H. Water and energy in the western coal lands. United States. doi:10.1111/j.1752-1688.1979.tb00292.x.
Plotkin, S.E., White, I.L., and Gold, H. Thu . "Water and energy in the western coal lands". United States. doi:10.1111/j.1752-1688.1979.tb00292.x.
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title = {Water and energy in the western coal lands},
author = {Plotkin, S.E. and White, I.L. and Gold, H.},
abstractNote = {Solutions to problems of water quality and quantity are critical to energy resource development in the western U.S. According to various independent surveys, the Upper Colorado River Basin will experience severe water availability problems by 2000 if projected energy and agricultural development occurs. The shortage could be averted if existing water resources are conserved and managed properly. Conversion and cooling technologies and careful siting can greatly reduce the water requirements of energy development. Agricultural water conservation strategies include: improving irrigation and cultivation practices; removing phreatophytes; removing marginal lands from production; and changing crop patterns. To achieve significant conservation, however, there must be changes in water laws in the western U.S.changes that would increase incentives to conserve water. (4 graphs, 1 map, 18 references)},
doi = {10.1111/j.1752-1688.1979.tb00292.x},
journal = {Water Resour. Bull.; (United States)},
number = ,
volume = 15:1,
place = {United States},
year = {1979},
month = {2}
}