Inversions and Interbasin Transfers

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Inversions and interbasin transfers are defined as the artificial withdrawal of water by dams, tunnels, canals or pipelines for anthropogenic uses, ranging from industrial to agricultural use.  This removal can be done by diversion of a river’s course, or by the assemblage of a large waterway with the ability to transfer large amounts of water (Micklin 1985). Licensing and regulations including pumping regulations can be imposed on the diversion of water practices, which can reduce the amount of water, removed as well as increase irrigation efficiency.