State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2008NM89B
Title: Utilization of Saline and Other Impaired Waters for Turfgrass Irrigation (Leinauer)
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2008
End Date: 2/28/2009
Congressional District: 2
Focus Categories: Irrigation, Conservation, Water Use
Keywords: saline water, turfgrass irrigation, impaired waters
Principal Investigators: Leinauer, Bernhard (New Mexico State University); Goss, Ryan
Federal Funds: $ 30,000
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 13,530
Abstract: This project will determine if saline and other impaired water sources can be used for turf irrigation. Effluent water from sewage treatment plants, brine from reversed osmosis treatment plants, and some sources of ground water contain a much higher salt level than traditional potable irrigation water. New and improved salt tolerant warm season grasses have made the prospect of using these grasses in conjunction with saline irrigation water more promising. However, these new grasses have yet to be tested for a combined cold hardiness and salt tolerance under harsh high altitude climate conditions, which this project will do.

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