Irrigated acreage and other land uses on the Snake River Plain, Idaho and eastern Oregon

Hydrologic Atlas 691
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Prompted by the need for a current, accurate, and repeatable delineation of irrigated acreage on the Snake River Plain, the U.S. Geological Survey entered into a cooperative agreement with the Idaho Department of Water Resources Image Analysis Facility and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to delineate 1980 land use form Landsat data. Irrigated acreage data were needed as input to groundwater flow models developed by the U.S. Geological Survey in a study of the regional aquifer system underlying the Snake River Plain. Single-date digital multispectral scanner data analyzed to delineate land-use classes. Source of irrigation water (surface water, ground water, and combined) was determined from county maps of 1975 water-related land use, data from previous investigations, and field checking. Surface-water diversions for irrigation on the Snake River Plain began in the 1840's. With the stimulus of Federal aid authorized by the Desert Land Act, Carey Act, and Reclamation Act, irrigated area increased rapidly in the early 1900's. By 1929, 2.2 million acres were irrigated. Ground water became and important source of irrigation water after World War II. In 1980, about 3.1 million acres of the Snake River Plain were irrigate: 2.0 million acres with surface water, 1.0 million with ground water, and 0.1 million with combined surface and ground water. About 5.2 million acres (half of the plain) are undeveloped rangeland, 1.0 million acres (one-tenth) are classified as barren. The remaining land is a mixture of dryland agriculture, water bodies, wetland, forests, and urban areas.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Irrigated acreage and other land uses on the Snake River Plain, Idaho and eastern Oregon
Series title Hydrologic Atlas
Series number 691
DOI 10.3133/ha691
Year Published 1986
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s) Idaho Water Science Center
Description 1 Plate: 43.90 x 33.00 inches
Country United States
State Idaho;Oregon
Other Geospatial Snake River Plain
Datum National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929
Scale 500000
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