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GPS used for water research facility

Two years ago members of the Environmental Sciences Program and the College of Agriculture at Arkansas State University came together to start working on a water research facility. After gathering enough grants and funding, construction of the site began recently. GPS systems and heavy pieces of machinery are transforming a formerly unused piece of land into a simulated farm field.

The research hopes to demonstrate that there are ways of recovering the agricultural water clean enough to re-use it again, so that water can be conserved. Water conservation is important in eastern Arkansas because a lot of the farmers are pumping water out of the aquifers, and some of the aquifers are not being recharged. The site slopes to the south to simulate a farmer’s field. Scientists will be researching quality and movement of water from fields through ditches, and looking at how chemicals adhere to plants to clean the water.