University of Idaho research shows Idaho second in the nation for water irrigation withdrawal

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(KMVT/KSVT) - According to a University of Idaho research, the Gem State is ranked number two in total irrigation withdrawals for agricultural production.

Hernan Tejeda, an assistant professor for the Twin Falls extension office said Idaho is fifth in the nation for irrigated acres and comes in second in the U.S. for the amount of water taken for irrigation.

"We don't have much rain here, that's why we use more water from extraction," he said.

Unlike other agricultural states, Idaho has to extract more water, but Tejeda says it's not necessarily bad.

"If we depleted all the resources that would be a bad thing, but here, we have the resources to make use of them so it's actually a good thing that we have the resources to be able to obtain all this agricultural production," Tejeda said.

He said in Idaho, we have between 2.8 and 3.5 million acres of irrigated land. In 2010, the latest data from the United States Geological Survey, total irrigation withdrawals in Idaho were 5,000 to 15,000 million gallons per day.



 
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