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Evolving Issues and Practices in Managing Ground-Water Resources
Case Studies on the Role of Science

U.S. Geological Circular 1247

 

By Devin L. Galloway, William M. Alley, Paul M. Barlow, Thomas E. Reilly and Patrick Tucci

 

The report is available in PDF format.


Abstract

Hydrologic stresses throughout the 20th century and presently (2003) have caused the depletion and degradation of our Nation’s vital ground-water resources in many areas. Management strategies have been and are being implemented to optimize use of our ground-water resources with respect to achieving sustainability while mitigating the consequences of future withdrawals. The seven case studies presented herein show how the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with local, State and other Federal agencies, as well as the private sector, have addressed some of the complexities of ground-water management using scientifically-based hydrologic studies and hydrologic monitoring. It is clear that the managed conjunctive use of our combined ground-water and surface-water supplies, and the artificial recharge of our ground-water systems present both challenges and opportunities. How well we manage these options depends upon best science practices, improved understanding of the resources, and the informed consensus of all stakeholders.

Contents

Foreword

Acknowledgments

Introduction

 

CASE STUDIES

 

Evaluation of ground-water management alternatives,
Owens Valley, California

 

Conjunctive management of ground-water and surface-water
resources, Hunt-Annaquatucket-Pettaquamscutt Basin, Rhode Island

 

Ground-water recharge processes,
Rillito Creek, Tucson, Arizona

 

Bank filtration,
Nebraska and Ohio

 

Equus beds ground-water recharge demonstration project,
Wichita, Kansas

 

Ground-water depletion and aquifer storage and recovery,
Antelope Valley (Mojave Desert), California

 

Management responses to saltwater intrusion,
City of Cape May, New Jersey

 

Challenges and opportunities

 

References


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