Artificial Recharge for Managing the Great Salt Lake

by Calvin G. Clyde, (F.ASCE), Utah State Univ, Logan, UT, USA,
Christopher J. Duffy, (M.ASCE), Utah State Univ, Logan, UT, USA,
J. Paul Riley, (M.ASCE), Utah State Univ, Logan, UT, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution


During the past three years, precipitation amounts throughout the drainage basin have significantly exceeded normal values. The resulting record breaking inflow volumes and lower than normal evaporation rates have caused an unprecedented rate of rise in the lake surface. In order to reduce future damages from the rising waters of the lake, various alternative flood control possibilities are being considered. Among these is a plan to use groundwater aquifers in the basin to store water during periods of above average runoff for extraction during periods of below average flows. The conjunctive management of surface and groundwater supplies within the drainage basin of the Great Salt Lake offers potential for reducing the magnitude of the fluctuations in the lake surface. Refs.

Subject Headings: Lakes | Artificial recharge | Salts | Water storage | Groundwater management | Drainage basins | Salt water | Water resources

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