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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

One south Georgia natural resource management student is working on a project that may help conserve billions of gallons of water a year in south Georgia.

Thomas University Senior Jason Hand is working with the Geospatial Analysis Planning and Preservation Center and the Nature Conservancy.

Hand is studying digital maps to locate embedded wetlands on farm acreage.

With the right technology, pivot irrigation systems can be programmed to limit the amount of water dispersed on farm wetlands.

"The purpose of this project is a stepping stone for the state to get funding. Not only for the state, but eventually federal wide for conservation. For water conservation in the Lower Flint River Basin," said Hand.

The Nature Conservancy received a $10 million grant from the USDA for the project.

Hand says about 45 billion gallons of water could be saved every year in the Lower Flint River Basin with variable rate irrigation.

 

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