High tunnels offer opportunities for farmers to increase production of seasonal horticultural crops. Because of the tunnel roof design, rainfall poses challenges of drainage, erosion and runoff. This project investigates a system for catching and collecting the rainwater for future use in irrigation.
Can rainwater run-off from high tunnels be economically and efficiently captured and reused for drop irrigation?
The model was built and proven to be efficient and economical, especially in areas where access to water and power are limited.
Linda Naeve, Shawn Shouse
Year of Grant Completion
Hansen, Raymond S.; Naeve, Linda L.; and Shouse, Shawn C., "Systems model and prototype development to capture and use rain water run-off from a high tunnel" (2012). Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports. 416.