Impact of Energy Development on Ground Water

by Richard E. Aten, (M.ASCE), Chairman and Head of Div.; Harza Engrg. Co., Chicago, Ill.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1978, Vol. 104, Issue 2, Pg. 157-168

Document Type: Journal Paper


A Task Committee (TC) of the Ground-Water Hydrology Committee was organized in 1975 by the Hydraulics Division, ASCE, to evaluate the Impact of Energy Development on Ground Water Resources. The TC considers development to include all phases of the energy-use cycle from exploration through waste disposal. The purpose of the TC is to assemble information on the broad range of energy-related, ground-water problems; recommend what should be done about these problems; and indicate research requirements to help alleviate them. Activities are proceeding in three phases. The first phase, which is reported herein, is to determine the more significant areas of likely impacts. The second phase is to identify means to evaluate these impact areas in greater detail, and the third phase is to prepare a recommended action program.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Groundwater | Hydrology | Hydraulics | Water resources | Energy consumption | Waste disposal

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