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Emerging Concepts for Design and Managamenet of Irrigation Canals

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  21st Century Watershed Technology: Improving Water Quality and Environment Conference Proceedings, 29 March - 3 April 2008, Concepcion, Chile  701P0208cd.(doi:10.13031/2013.24290)
Authors:   Jose Luis Arumi, Diego Andres Rivera, Eduardo A Holzapfel
Keywords:   agriculture, Chile, irrigation canals, water quality, management

From a traditional point of view, irrigation canals are conceptualized only as structures with the function of transport water. However, current knowledge of ecology, water quality and sociology take us to review that conceptualization. For example irrigation canals and its riparian vegetation are habitat for fish, bird and small animals and from the social point of view; many rural communities are organized around the irrigation canals, because people get identified with its water source.

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