The City of Tempe, Arizona, Rio Salado Town Lake Groundwater Management Plan

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by Steve Nielsen,
Don Hawkes,
Eric Kamienski,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: WRPMD'99: Preparing for the 21st Century

Abstract: (No paper) The City of Tempe's Rio Salado Project is a mixed-use economic development project located in the Salt River channel between McClintock Drive and Priest Drive in the City of Tempe. The cornerstone of the Rio Salado Project, the Town Lake, is currently under construction and will eventually be a 220 acre urban lake surrounded by commercial development and park areas. The lake will be formed by inflatable rubber dams at both upstream and downstream ends and contain approximately 2500 acre-feet of water with an average depth of about 10 feet. The Town Lake presented a number of interesting groundwater challenges. All of these issues pointed to the need for a comprehensive Groundwater Management Plan for the Town Lake. Our paper will address these issues and discuss the planning, design and permitting that was done to mitigate any impacts on the area groundwater.

Subject Headings: Groundwater management | Lakes | Urban areas | Groundwater quality | Rivers and streams | Economic factors | Arizona | North America | United States

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