Center Pivot Irrigation in the Tennessee River Valley Region of Alabama

Authors: Jarrett Roland*, Auburn University, Philip Chaney, Auburn University
Topics: Water Resources and Hydrology, Agricultural Geography, Sustainability Science
Keywords: Water Resources, Irrigation, Agriculture, Sustainability, Alabama
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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A critical step in managing water resources in an efficient, sustainable manner is to accurately document usage patterns in key sectors such as agriculture. This project investigates water use for center pivot (CP) irrigation in the Tennessee River Valley Region of Northern Alabama, which is one of most active regions for irrigation in the state. The basic goal was to evaluate total area irrigated, total water use, and surface and groundwater sources. NAIP imagery were used to map CP locations for the years 2011, 2013, and 2015. Annual water use reports submitted to the Alabama Office of Water Resources were used to evaluate water use patterns. The project also investigates several known problems related to compliance with water use reporting regulations, which carry no penalty for noncompliance under state law. These issues include failure to apply for a Certificate of Use (CoU) and failure to submit annual water use reports.

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