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  1. Vol. 37 No. 5_Supplement, p. S-1-S-7
    Received: May 1, 2008

    * Corresponding author(s): Dennis.Corwin@ars.usda.gov
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Environmental Impacts and Sustainability of Degraded Water Reuse

  1. Dennis L. Corwin * and
  2. Scott A. Bradford
  1. USDA-ARS, United States Salinity Lab., 450 West Big Springs Rd., Riverside, CA 92507-4617


Greater urban demand for finite water resources to meet domestic, agricultural, industrial, and recreational needs; increased frequency of drought resulting from erratic weather; and continued degradation of available water resources from point and nonpoint sources of pollution have focused attention on the reuse of degraded waters as a potential water source. However, short- and long-term detrimental environmental impacts and sustainability of degraded water reuse are not well known or understood. These concerns led to the organization of the 2007 ASA-CSSA-SSSA Symposium entitled Environmental Impacts and Sustainability of Degraded Water Reuse Out of this symposium came a special collection of 4 review papers and 12 technical research papers focusing on various issues associated with the reuse of agricultural drainage water, well water generated in the production of natural gas from coalbeds, municipal wastewater and biosolids, wastewater from confined animal operations, urban runoff, and food-processing wastewater. Overviews of the papers, gaps in knowledge, and future research directions are presented. The future prognosis of degraded water reuse is promising, provided close attention is paid to managing constituents that pose short- and long-term threats to the environment and the health of humankind.

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