Subsidence—A Geological Problem with a Political Solution

by Ann E. Seltz-Petrash, Asst. Editor; CIVIL ENGINEERING—ASCE, New York, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1980, Vol. 50, Issue 5, Pg. 60-63

Document Type: Feature article


Subsidence due to groundwater overdraft is a problem common to areas in the western U.S. with minimal water supplies and growing populations. Action to prevent subsidence-related damage has been a long time coming, but is now underway. Communities are reducing groundwater overdraft by developing multiple water supply sources. Article provides an overview of how and why this trend developed and examples of how various communities are managing groundwater.

Subject Headings: Geology | Political factors | Groundwater supply | Groundwater management | Land subsidence

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