Flint River Basin: Wireless Water for Biodiveristy

Case Study

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Farmers in the drought plagued Flint River Basin of southwestern Georgia are working with conservation organizations to keep water instream and underground while maintaining profits in their agricultural operations.

By retrofitting their traditional center pivot irrigation systems with high efficiency sprinkler heads and real-time soil moisture monitors, irrigators can limit water output to meet the precise needs of their crop. The result is a cost-cutting, water-saving measure that aligns profitability with environmental stewardship.

It also explains how this sort of collaborative effort is possible whenever water conservation becomes profitable and when farmers can treat their water as a crop.

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As a research fellow at PERC, Brandon Scarborough focused on the use of water markets in the West to restore stream flows for wildlife, fish, and other environmental amenities. He also researched carbon sequestration and the efficacy of using forest management to address climate change. His other interests include the interactions between natural...
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Reed Watson is the executive director at PERC. His research focuses on the implementation of market-based solutions to natural resource conflicts focusing particularly on public lands, water, and wildlife issues. With Terry Anderson and Brandon Scarborough, he co-authored Tapping Water Markets (RFF Press, 2012).Watson holds a J.D. and M.A. in...
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