Groundwater Recharge Demonstration Projects

by Herman Bouwer, US Water Conservation Lab, Phoenix, AZ, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Irrigation Systems for the 21st Century

Abstract: In dry climates, natural replenishment rates of aquifers (safe yields) are quite small. Many of these aquifers are being depleted. This is giving rise to an increasing interest in artificial recharge of groundwater or groundwater augmentation. While artificial recharge with infiltration basins is an established practice, there is still not enough information available to optimize the design and management of such systems. The new program on demonstration projects under the High Plains States Groundwater Demonstration Project Act of 1983 provides an excellent opportunity for additional research. Projects should be selected to cover a range of conditions so that the results form a broad data base that can be used to develop design and management criteria for other projects.

Subject Headings: Recharge basins | Aquifers | Artificial recharge | Systems management | Project management | Permeability (soil)

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