Flint River Basin: Wireless Water for Biodiveristy

Case Study

Published: 
Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Summary 

Farmers in the drought plagued Flint River Basin of southwestern Georgia are working with conservation organizations to keep water instream and underground while maintaining profits in their agricultural operations.

By retrofitting their traditional center pivot irrigation systems with high efficiency sprinkler heads and real-time soil moisture monitors, irrigators can limit water output to meet the precise needs of their crop. The result is a cost-cutting, water-saving measure that aligns profitability with environmental stewardship.

It also explains how this sort of collaborative effort is possible whenever water conservation becomes profitable and when farmers can treat their water as a crop.

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Brandon Scarborough is a research fellow at PERC currently focused on the use of water markets in the West to restore stream flows for wildlife, fish and other environmental amenities. He is just completing another project on carbon sequestration and the efficacy of using forest management to address climate change. His other interests include...
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Reed Watson is the executive director at PERC. He is also the Director of PERC's Enviropreneur Institute, an educational program and launchpad for environmental entrepreneurs. Watson’s research focuses on the implementation of market-based solutions to natural resource conflicts. With Terry Anderson and Brandon Scarborough, he coauthored Tapping...
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