Southern Mississippi valley region, Reservoirs, Surface water, Ground water
Rapid ground water depletion has become a significant problem for parts of the Southern Mississippi River Valley. In 1997, the Arkansas Soil and Water Conservation Commission (ASWCC) declared six counties in the Grand Prairie of Arkansas critical ground water areas. A proposed solution to the ground water depletion problem in this region is to divert surplus flows from the White River by a canal system to the farmer stakeholders. To make the system work, on-farm reservoirs will be needed to store and manage the diverted surface water for crop irrigation use during the growing season.
Wailes, Eric J.; Young, Kenneth B.; Smartt, James; and Cramer, Gail L.. 2000. Economics of Using On-farm Reservoirs to Distribute Diverted Surface Water to Depleted Ground Water Areas of the Southern Mississippi Valley Region. Arkansas Water Resources Center, Fayetteville, AR. PUB 181. 57