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Best Practices for Drought Management in Agriculture

Drought is a creeping natural disaster. It’s not fast like a tornado, it’s not trackable from space like a hurricane

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Where Does Irrigation Water Come From? Part 2: Groundwater

Groundwater refers to natural stores of water below ground. The “water table” refers to the minimum depth at which groundwater sits in any area. 

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Where Does Irrigation Water Come From? Part 1: Surface Water

As the demand for farm products becomes more intense, crops are planted more densely, and multiple plantings are cycled through in a single growing system. 

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Is Transporting Farm Irrigation Water Efficient?

It’s important to monitor the efficiency of systems that apply irrigation water in order to minimize waste from evaporation or over-application

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Is Storing Farm Irrigation Water Wasteful?

Once water is pulled from its source, whether that source is surface water such as rivers, streams or natural lakes

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BTL Liners Featured on the Discovery Channel's Homestead Rescue

BTL helped build a water retaining pond and rain catchment system for a wonderful homesteading family on Homestead Rescue. 

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Farm Irrigation Systems Reviews

Water use in agriculture is a complex topic to measure. 

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How do Farms use Irrigation Water?

Rain fed farming is the most natural form of farming, where water is introduced to the soil through rain, snow, or other types of precipitation.

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Alternatives to Brine Ponds?

There are, of course, many ways that brine is, or has been, handled in different times and in different parts of the world.

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When is a Brine Pond the Best Choice?

The construction costs of brine ponds are high enough that they’re best employed for long term use

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How Do Brine and Evaporation Ponds Work?

Brine ponds and, indeed, evaporation ponds in general, work on the premise that a volume of liquid exposed to sunlight and relatively dry air can be reduced

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How to Manage Brine Waste with Ponds

Brine ponds tend to fall into one of the following general categories, each of which have unique design and maintenance needs.

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When Should a Brine Pond be Covered?

Brine ponds used for storage have a different goal than those used for mining

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What is the Best Brine Pond Liner?

Brine ponds are particularly challenging when it comes to containment

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How Much Does a Brine Pond Cost?

It’s impossible to quote an average price for an “average” brine pond because so many factors must be considered.

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What is the Best Way to Maintain Brine Ponds?

Brine ponds are fairly static elements, so it seems like they may not require much in the way of maintenance

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Brine Pond Construction

In addition to preparing a good design for your brine pond that takes into consideration the specific purpose

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What is the Best Brine Pond Design?

While some particularly caustic or contaminated brines can only be stored in deep wells 

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How Does Land for Brine Ponds Get Reused?

Most brine ponds and other types of evaporation ponds are intended for long-term use, but eventually the land needs to be reclaimed, especially near cities or agricultural regions. 

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Why is Brine Bad for the Environment?

For thousands of years, humans have recognized that salt and growing things don’t work well together. 

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What is a Brine Pond?

Brine ponds are water impoundments that can contain a relatively heavy concentration of dissolved salts and other minerals.

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How Can I Fix Common Problems with Pond Liners?

We've talked a lot about liner materials, and it's pretty clear by now that the best type of pond liner is durable, strong, lightweight, and can handle exposure to the environment. 

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What’s the Best Way to Anchor a Pond Liner?

Anchor trenches, with or without curbs, are a simple, reliable, and pretty standard option for flexible pond liners like RPE. 

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How Do I Measure A Pond Liner?

Once you've selected your liner material and thickness, you're ready to measure your pond and place an order. 

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Ordering the Best Pond Liner: What’s a Mil?

While you may have settled on the ideal material for your pond liner, you're not quite finished. 

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