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Crop damage due to strict water level management

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Issue

Rainwater flooding

Flooding due to heavy rainfall or high surface water levels.

Due to agricultural uses, the water level is kept higher in summer than in winter. Because of climate change heavy downpours can occur in summer causing floods which can damage crops. Right now, water managers have insufficient information about the business of farmers to adjust to them.

Solution

Adjusting water levels consulting farmers

A panel is established to actively involve farmers to water management. The panel consists of representatives of farmers in the concerning area. The panel provides information about the water level in their area to the water authority. It also indicates when the water level in their area can be lowered to create more storage for water.

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Pros

  • More water storage available in summer to prevent floodings caused by heavy downpours.
  • Low costs due to digital communication.

Characteristics

  1. Topic Water quantity
  2. Development state 5: Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  3. Setting type Agricultural area
  4. Water type Surface water

Submitted innovation Award

Water Innovation Award
2016