|Title||Water ponding for increasing soil water on arid rangelands|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1982|
|Journal||Journal of Range Management|
|Date Published||September 1, 198|
Ponding dikes constructed to slow and control the overland flow of runoff water were evaluated. Infiltration and runoff measure ments from a sprinkling infiltrometer indicated no differences between the control and the water pending area. Examination of 20 years of precipitation records for June through September showed that enough pending events occurred to supply an ade quate amount of water for wetting the soil profile to below the plant rooting zone. The control areas were low in available soil water even immediately following precipitation events.