Professor Mason and Team Members
From: Zach Leighton, Team McLovin’
Analytical Review #1
February 27, 2008
The tentative problem statement proposed by Team McLovin’ is, How do we prevent the water in
Tamil Nadu's Irrigation system from having damaging effects on plants? My article, “Monitoring
Water Quality Using Benthic Macroinvertebrates and Physicochemical Parameters of Behzat Stream in
Turkey,” from the Polish Journal of Environmental Studies discusses in great detail the ways to utilize
microorganisms to test the quality of water. It goes into great detail on how different levels of different
categories of microorganisms represent many different levels of water quality and which toxins or
pollutants may be present in the water sample. This greatly helps our team and gives possible solutions
to our newly revised problem statement. Since water testing cannot be done with one method, this
method could be utilized in accordance with other methods researched. This article addresses monitoring
options and answers many other important questions as well.
The idea behind this study/article is describe a system in which water can be distributed equally based on
multiple variables such as crops, water levels, ect. Based upon the author’s study, a system was
proposed that would maximize the output of crops that create the most revenue with the least amount of
water possible. This article goes into great depth, and with detailed equations and scenarios how to
maximize both crop production for food, and crop production for cash. Gorantiwar discusses what he
feels is appropriate ratios such as not to starve either the population, or the farmer’s income.
The key question that the author is addressing is how does one optimize farm production based upon a
set of limitations, including reservoir capacity, crop prices, crop water necessity, and soil differences.
The most important information in this engineering article is the facts that the author presents to the
reader and the data gathered from the study that was done. In the beginning the facts and data on crops
and soils is presented. “The details of different soils in the irrigation scheme are presented in Table 1. In
the present study as two crop seasons formed the irrigation season, gram, sorghum, onion, wheat (Rabi
crops), groundnut, and sunflower (summer crops) were considered in the analysis” (Gorantiwar, 2005, pg.
266). Then it moves on to talking about the reservoir and the seasons. “The irrigation season starts from