© 2014

Salinity and Drainage in San Joaquin Valley, California

Science, Technology, and Policy

  • Andrew C. Chang
  • Deborah Brawer Silva

Part of the Global Issues in Water Policy book series (GLOB, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Andrew C. Chang, Deborah Brawer Silva
    Pages 1-6
  3. Christopher Amrhein, Harvey E. Doner
    Pages 123-146
  4. Elizabeth A. H. Pilon-Smits, Gary S. Bañuelos, David R. Parker
    Pages 147-164
  5. Yiqiang Zhang, William T. Frankenberger Jr.
    Pages 165-184
  6. Suduan Gao, Andrew C. Chang
    Pages 185-210
  7. James E. Ayars, Blaine R. Hanson
    Pages 249-276
  8. Stephen R. Grattan, James D. Oster, John Letey, Stephen R. Kaffka
    Pages 277-302
  9. Yoram Cohen, Brian McCool, Anditya Rahardianto, Myung-man Kim, Jose Faria
    Pages 303-341
  10. Nigel W. T. Quinn
    Pages 343-352
  11. Keith C. Knapp, Kurt Schwabe, Kenneth A. Baerenklau
    Pages 353-379
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 407-409

About this book


This book documents the history of irrigated agriculture and drainage in the San Joaquin Valley, and describes the hydrology and biogeochemical processes of salts and selenium, remediation technologies for salts and trace elements and policy and management options. The contents are comprised of fourteen chapter-length independent treatises, each depicting with fresh perspective a distinctive salinity drainage topic. The opening chapters detail the evolution of irrigated agriculture, and depict the geochemical and hydrological processes that define the San Joaquin Valley, including the physics, chemistry, and biology attributes that impact water management policies and strategies. Next, the contributors address the biogeochemistry of selenium, the role of plants in absorbing it from soils, and the processes involved in retaining and concentrating dissolved salts in drainage water. Further chapters describe on-farm and plot-level irrigation provisions to reduce agricultural drainage outputs and examine their effects on plant performance. This volume offers realistic policy analysis of water management options for irrigated agriculture in the Valley and assesses their respective outcomes, if implemented. Also included is an international perspective on the sustainability of irrigated agriculture there.


Environmental sustainability Irrigation and drainage Policy and management of salinity Selenium ecotoxicity Water resources management

Editors and affiliations

  • Andrew C. Chang
    • 1
  • Deborah Brawer Silva
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Water ResourcesUniversity of CaliforniaRiversideUSA
  2. 2.Center for Water ResourcesUniversity of CaliforniaRiversideUSA

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