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Increase In Ethanol Production From Corn Could Significantly Impact Water Quality

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Increase In Ethanol Production From Corn Could Significantly Impact Water Quality


ENERGY TECH
Increase In Ethanol Production From Corn Could Significantly Impact Water Quality

In terms of water quantity, the committee found that agricultural shifts to growing corn and expanding biofuel crops into regions with little agriculture, especially dry areas, could change current irrigation practices and greatly increase pressure on water resources in many parts of the United States. The amount of rainfall and other hydroclimate conditions from region to region causes significant variations in the water requirement for the same crop, the report says.

by Staff Writers
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 16, 2007

If projected increases in the use of corn for ethanol production occur, the harm to water quality could be considerable, and water supply problems at the regional and local levels could also arise, says a new report from the National Research Council. The committee that wrote the report examined policy o…