Drip irrigation on the Navajo Nation

Edward C. Martin, Duncan M. Livingston

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Abstract

Water supply and conveyance on the Navajo Nation is limited and many people are required to haul water for daily use from collection points. There are also large areas where electricity is not available. Simple drip irrigation systems offer an efficient water use solution for the cultivation of limited amounts of crops in rural areas without the need for a mainline water or electrical power supply. This paper discusses several systems that have been installed throughout the Navajo Nation over the past 5 years. The original project, a two-year study, was initiated in 2005 at the Hubbell Trading Post, a National Park Historic Site, located in Ganado, Arizona. Drums filled with water supplied from a newly installed irrigation pipeline were used to feed low-pressure drip tape by gravity flow, in order to cultivate native corn. This system was followed by similar drip systems in Canyon del Muerto, Canyon de Chelly, Dine' College and in Luepp Arizona. In all cases, local residents took the initiative to install and maintain the drip systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASABE - 5th National Decennial Irrigation Conference 2010, Held in Conjunction with Irrigation Show 2010
Pages926-939
Number of pages14
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Event5th National Decennial Irrigation Conference 2010, Held in Conjunction with Irrigation Show 2010 - Phoenix, AZ, United States
Duration: Dec 5 2010Dec 8 2010

Publication series

NameASABE - 5th National Decennial Irrigation Conference 2010, Held in Conjunction with Irrigation Show 2010
Volume2

Other

Other5th National Decennial Irrigation Conference 2010, Held in Conjunction with Irrigation Show 2010
CountryUnited States
CityPhoenix, AZ
Period12/5/1012/8/10

Keywords

  • Drip irrigation
  • Gravity irrigation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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    Martin, E. C., & Livingston, D. M. (2010). Drip irrigation on the Navajo Nation. In ASABE - 5th National Decennial Irrigation Conference 2010, Held in Conjunction with Irrigation Show 2010 (pp. 926-939). (ASABE - 5th National Decennial Irrigation Conference 2010, Held in Conjunction with Irrigation Show 2010; Vol. 2).