Portland's Light Rail: A Successful Public Private Partnership
During its first year, Tri-Met's Light Rail service, MAX, carried twice as many riders as originally projected. What is generally not understood is that MAX is more then a...

Survival Strategies for Major Projects
This paper examines factors affecting implementation of two categories of transportation projects - retrofits and growth leaders. Retrofits involve expansion or rehabilitation of existing...

Simulating Runoff and Sediment Yield on Semiarid Watersheds
This paper describes a computer program called WESP (Watershed Erosion Simulation Program), a physically-based, distributed parameter, event-oriented, one-dimensional numerical model for...

Optimizing Wet-Dry Precipitation Probabilities for Improving Plant Establishment
Studies have shown that the chances of achieving successful seedling establishment in arid and semiarid regions is dependent upon the pattern of favorable wet-dry precipitation sequences....

Land Management and Water Yield in the Appalachians
Watershed treatments on the Fernow Experimental Forest have included individual tree selection, commercial clearcutting, clearcutting upper and lower halves of watersheds, clearcutting...

Groundwater Protection and Reclamation

Management of Dewatered Sewage Sludge: Long Term Storage with Minimal Mixing to Destroy Pathogens Followed by Land Use

Effect of Saline Irrigation Water on Tree Growth
A random block experiment using three types of soil, five different qualities of irrigation water, and three popular windbreak trees was conducted to measure the effects of soil type and...

Prognosis on Managing Trace Elements
Management options assessed for trace elements discharged from irrigated lands include source control, drainwater reuse, drainwater treatment and removal of contaminants, disposal, and...

Arid Lands - Impending Water-Population Crises
Many developing countries in arid lands will face major food production problems because of population growth rates. Irrigation water requirements will soon exceed available renewable...

Floodplain Management for Alluvial Fan Areas
Because current National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) regulations do not address the special floodplain management requirements of Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs) on alluvial fans,...

Water for the San Diego Region: Past, Present and Future
Ever since the earliest days of permanent settlement in the arid San Diego region, securing reliable water supplies has been an issue of critical importance. The San Diego region's...

Implemented Solutions to Wqter Supply Problems—The Tucson Experience
During the past 30 years Tucson Arizona has been one of the fastest growing urban centers in the United States. During this period, the population served by the municipal water utility,...

Olancha Debris Flow: An Example of an Isolated Damaging Event
This paper presents the case history of an isolated flood/debris flow that damaged the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Aqueduct and threatened serious damage to U.S....

Urban Hydrology in the Desert, Antelope Valley, California
A study of urban hydrology in Antelope Valley includes data collection, analysis of rainfall and runoff frequencies, and comparison of results from various rainfall-runoff models. This...

Flood Hazard Delineation on Alluvial Fans
Alluvial fans are significant geomorphic features of arid lands. The unconfined and dynamic nature of alluvial fans makes standard methods of delineating flood hazards unsuitable. The...

Rainfall Infiltration and Loss on a Bajada in the Chihuahuan Desert, New Mexico
Watershed runoff from thunderstorms is heavily dependent upon the rainfall intensity and the infiltration or loss rate of the watershed. Although there are techniques available for determination...

Harvest of Ephemeral Runoff for Artificial Groundwater Recharge in Arid Basin Water Management
Harvest of springtime flow to a playa in Lemmon Valley, north of Reno, was evaluated as a means of increasing local groundwater supplies through artificial recharge. Surface water and...

Water Budget Analysis for Semi-Arid Alluvial Basins
In developing arid basins in the southwestern United States, the availability of suitable water supplies is of critical importance. Scarcity of dependable, perennial streams and rivers...

Alignment of Large Flood-Peaks on Arid Watersheds
Bridge and culvert design requires estimates for 25- to 100-year return period flood peaks (Q). Floodplain delineation calls for 500-year (Q500) estimates. Arid western flood series are...

 

 

 

 

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