Ground Water Management in the Salt Lake Valley, Salt Lake County, Utah

by Michele M. Lemieux, Div of Water Rights, Salt Lake City, United States,
Jerry D. Olds, Div of Water Rights, Salt Lake City, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Management of Irrigation and Drainage Systems: Integrated Perspectives


The perfected and approved water right applications in Salt Lake Valley could potentially withdraw from the principal aquifer a quantity of water far greater than the annual recharge. To provide protection and guide development of ground water in the future, the Division of Water Rights implemented a Ground-Water Management Plan for the valley. The plan divides the valley into 'Management Areas' based on water quality variations. The plan addresses maximum annual withdrawals per management area, the effect of well withdrawals on water quality and water levels, well spacing, metering and sampling requirements, and other water right administration issues.

Subject Headings: Salt water | Groundwater management | Lakes | Water management | Water quality | Water rights | Water meters | Water sampling | Utah | United States

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