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IMPACTS OF LAND APPLICATION OF SALINE-SODIC COALBED METHANE WATER ON SOIL PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES IN WYOMING 1

By Girisha K. Ganjegunte, Lyle A. King and George F. Vance

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Abstract: Changes in soil physical and chemical properties due to land application of coalbed methane (CBM) waters were investigated in study sites located in northwest Powder River Basin (PRB) of Wyoming. Samples of CBM water used for land application and analyzed for pH, electrical conductivity (EC), and sodium adsorption ratio (SAR) values. Water quality data indicated that EC and SAR values of CBM water samples were greater than the recommended values for irrigation use (0.75 dS m-1 and <10 SAR). Impacts of these poorquality CBM waters on soil physical and chemical properties were evaluated by collecting soil samples during the 2003 irrigation season from 6 depths (0-5, 5-15, 15-30, 30-60, 60-90 and 90-120 cm) from 6 sites that received CBM water applications for up to 3 years, which were compared to control sites. Changes in soil physical (e.g., infiltration rates, bulk density) and soil chemical (pH, EC, and SAR of saturation paste extracts) properties were determined. Our study indicates that the pH values are significantly (p = 0.05) greater in irrigated plots than control plots at depths of 0-5 and 30-60 cm in site 1 and 0-60 cm in site 4. The E

Topics: Key Words, Soil, CBM Water, Sodium, Salinity, SAR, PRB, Wyoming
Year: 2011
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