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A Buried Pipe System for Controlling Erosion and Sediment Loss on Irrigated Land

Carter, D.L. and Berg, R.D. (1983) A Buried Pipe System for Controlling Erosion and Sediment Loss on Irrigated Land. Soil Science Society of America Journal. 47(4):749-752.

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A new system comprised of a buried pipe, with riser inlets from the
surface at intervals, along the lower end of furrow-irrigated fields was
designed, installed, and evaluated on 21 fields to determine its effectiveness
as an erosion and sediment loss control system for irrigated land.
The system utilizes small sediment collection ponds with the riser inlets
from the buried pipe serving as overflow outlets for the ponds. This
system corrects convex-shaped field ends caused by erosion and solves
an energy related erosion problem common on furrow-irrigated land.
During the first season, these system removed from 80 to 9S% of the
sediment from runoff water and collected from 4.1 to 40.5 Mg ha-¹
from 12 fields on irrigated land where detailed data were collected. All
systems performed without problems and all convex end problems except
one were corrected the first season. After the convex ends are corrected,
the system continues to reduce sediment loss. This new system eliminates
the tailwater ditch, puts more land into crop production, reduces weed
problems, and prevents the usual problems associated with a wet tailwater
ditch. The buried pipe erosion and sediment loss control system
is a major advance in the control of erosion and sediment loss on irrigated

Item Type: Article
NWISRL Publication Number: 0513
Subjects: Irrigation > Furrow irrigation > Erosion
Irrigation > Furrow irrigation > Runoff losses > Sediment
Soil > Erosion
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Depositing User: Dan Stieneke
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2010 21:52
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2017 23:34
Item ID: 405