Regional Economics and Management in Closed Drainage Basins

  • Keith C. KnappEmail author
  • Kurt Schwabe
  • Kenneth A. Baerenklau
Part of the Global Issues in Water Policy book series (GLOB, volume 5)


How to manage salinity and drainage issues in a semi-arid region that receives surface water imports, is subject to a saline, high water table, and does not have an outlet for salts and drainage water? Options include source control, land retirement, water table controls, and drainage water reuse. The analyses suggest that agricultural production in such a region is sustainable over decadal periods. High levels of productivity and profitability can be maintained over policy-relevant time horizons, but as salts are imported into the region and if groundwater reuse just re-circulates salts in the system over reasonable time scales, it is physically certain that reuse cannot be relied upon forever because the water table salt concentration eventually will increase, absent external drainage.


Water Table Hydraulic Head Source Control Deep Percolation High Water Table 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Keith C. Knapp
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kurt Schwabe
    • 1
  • Kenneth A. Baerenklau
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Environmental SciencesUniversity of CaliforniaRiversideUSA

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