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Parshall, Ralph L.

Parshall Flume
Society: ASABEMain Category: Agricultural & BiologicalEra: 1920-1929DateCreated: 1922Lory Student CenterFort CollinsState: COZip: 80521Country: USAWebsite: https://www.asabe.org/awards-landmarks/asabe-historic-landmarks/parshall-flume-19.aspxCreator: Parshall, Ralph L.

Since the beginning of irrigated agriculture, it has been important to measure flows of irrigation water. Accuracy of early water measurement methods often suffered because of trash or sediment in the water, or unusual flow conditions. Ralph L. Parshall saw this problem when he began working for the USDA in 1915, as an irrigation research engineer. In 1922 he invented the flume now known by his name. When this flume is placed in a channel, flow is uniquely related to the water depth.

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1985
Image Credit: Public Domain
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