Aquifer Storage Recovery (ASR): A Potential Solution to the Eutrophication of Florida's Lake Okeechobee

by J. I. Garcia-Bengochea, CH2M Hill, United States,
Albert Muniz, CH2M Hill, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Artificial Recharge of Ground Water


Progress and preliminary results of a demonstration project of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) are discussed. Formed in 1985, the Lake Okeechobee Technical Advisory Committee (LOTAC) recommended a project in 1986 to investigate one of the potential alternative solutions for reduction of nutrients into the Lake. The purpose of the project is to show the feasibility of ASR to store phosphorus-enriched tributary waters now discharging into the Lake underground during the rainy season, for recovery during subsequent dry periods. The scope of the project is to confirm the recharge and storage capacity of the aquifer, the potential rate and volume of recovery, the quality of the recovered water, its environmental effects and the economical feasibility of this alternative. Additional aspects of the subject are discussed.

Subject Headings: Lakes | Water storage | Eutrophication | Water pollution | Water shortage | Water management | Project management | Feasibility studies | Florida | United States

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