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Groundwater Engineering for Water Supplies - Geohydrology Case Study: An Unconfined Aquifer System

Conrad G. Leszkiewicz, PhD, PE, PG

The dominant application of groundwater engineering is the provision of water supplies for municipalities, agriculture, and industries. Sufficient groundwater supplies are essential for the health and economic well-being of the United States. With increasing demands for water from growing world populations, agriculture, and industry, as well as growing intermittent, if not long-term, shortages of surface water due to droughts, groundwater is becoming an even more important source of fresh water for society.

This 5-hour course is a case study that examines an unconfined, basin-fill aquifer system: the Middle Rio Grande Basin aquifer system. This unconfined aquifer system is vital to the health and economy of a major city, Albuquerque, New Mexico, surrounding communities, ranches, farms, and riparian environments. Study of the Middle Rio Grande aquifer system provides a real-world example of how an unconfined aquifer system is formed, how it functions in the hydrologic cycle including recharge, groundwater flow through the system, and discharge. This case study also illustrates how groundwater withdrawals change the dynamics of that system. This case study can be taken independently, or used to enhance understanding of many of the concepts described in the Geohydrology Fundamentals course.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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