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Synthesis On The Impact of 20th Century Water-Management And Land-Use Practices On The Coastal Hydrology Of Southeastern Florida

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Abstract | Saltwater Intrusion | Land Use and Land Use Cover | Surface Water Conveyance System | Municipal Water Use | Agricultural Water Use | Ground-Water Flow System | Canal Stage and Discharge | Impact on Ecosystem

Temporal Change In Agricultural Water Use

1953 South Florida agricultural water use map

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1977 South Florida agricultural water use map

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1995 South Florida agricultural water use map

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Million Gallons Per Day
key for agricultural water use
The Blaney-Criddle method was used to estimate evapotranspiration losses and to establish irrigation requirements for selected crop types. Land use maps were used to estimate cultivated acreage for different crop types in three county-area. An irrigation allocation requirement was determined on the basis of the crop type, the length of growing season, and the number of growing seasons.

Between 1953 and 1988, agricultural water use in the Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade Country area increased from approximately 198,000 million gallons per year to more than 597,000 million gallons per year. Agricultural water use declined in 1995, decreasing to 546,000 million gallons per year. The reason for this decline is uncertain, but could be attributed to the encroachment on agricultural areas by residential and urban areas.

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