High Plains States Groundwater Recharge Program

by Cindy Garman-Squier, Bureau of Reclamation, Washington, DC, USA,
Bruce Glenn, Bureau of Reclamation, Washington, DC, USA,
Terry Lynott, Bureau of Reclamation, Washington, DC, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Irrigation Systems for the 21st Century

Abstract: The Bureau of Reclamation is conducting a 2-phase program to demonstrate the feasibility of recharging declining aquifers in the 17 Western States. The U. S. Geological Survey, Environmental Protection Agency and the 17 Western States are cooperating agencies. In Phase I a detailed plan and selection of projects for Phase II implementation is being developed. Phase II and will consist of a minimum of 21 demonstration projects - 12 projects in the High Plains States of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming and 9 projects in the remaining 9 Western States. Twenty million dollars in Federal money will be available for Phase II, to be matched at a minimum of 20 percent by non-Federal sources. Projects will be sponsored and carried out by non-Federal entities under the oversight and coordination of the Bureau of Reclamation. The draft Phase I report, which has been circulated to States and other entities for review, identifies 26 projects for construction, covering a wide variety of recharge techniques.

Subject Headings: Project management | Groundwater recharge | Aquifers | Water resources | Bureau of Reclamation | Resource management | Water circulation | Groundwater management | North America | United States | Western states | Nebraska | Kansas | Oklahoma | Colorado | New Mexico

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