Canada: Prince Edward Island potato growers want deep well permits

Prince Edward Island potato growers are hoping the new year will bring them a gushing geyser of permits to begin irrigating fields this year from deep water wells. They say science supports it and the crops need it and without it productivity will not only decline, but lead to the depletion of P.E.I.’s $1 billion dollar potato industry. “About 10 years ago, a one-year moratorium was put in place on deep water wells to allow the Department of Environment time to study it,” says Gary Linkletter, chairman of the P.E.I. Potato Board. “This study revealed a very high recharge rate and that all water use on the Island consumes only seven per cent of the available recharge water.” Read more