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Ground water for irrigation in the Viking Basin, west-central Minnesota

Water-Resources Investigations Report 75-23

Prepared in cooperation with the West-Central Minnesota Resource Conservation and Development Committee and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
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Abstract

The Viking Basin consists of six glacial outwash areas in Douglas, Ottertail, and Todd Counties, west-central Minnesota. Total area is 340 square miles (880 square kilometres). Soils are sandy and excessively well-drained. Crops grown on the outwash would benefit from supplemental irrigation. Irrigation supplies can be obtained from wells in the surface outwash aquifer in significant parts of the large outwash areas near Carlos and Parkers Prairie and the small outwash area near Clotho. Irrigation supplies are unlikely in the outwash areas near Alexandria, Urbank, and Rose City. Major use of ground water for irrigation may lower ground-water levels sufficiently to affect lake and marsh levels and streamflow out of the irrigation areas. Water from the outwash is of excellent chemical quality for irrigation.

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Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Ground water for irrigation in the Viking Basin, west-central Minnesota
Series title:
Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number:
75-23
Year Published:
1975
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
St. Paul, MN
Contributing office(s):
Minnesota Water Science Center
Description:
Document: vii, 48 p.; 2 Plates: 14.95 x 19.38 inches and 15.02 x 19.56 inches
Country:
United States
State:
Minnesota
Other Geospatial:
Viking basin
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