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Interaction Between Surface Water and Groundwater

Course Outline

This course provides provide an overview of the distribution and movement of water between the surface and the subsurface for engineers, hydrologists and geologists who are responsible for groundwater-related projects. The course materials are based entirely on Chapter 6 of the US Army Corps of Engineers' Engineering Manual EM 1110-2-1421 Groundwater Hydrology. Surface and groundwater systems are in continuous dynamic interaction. This course will discuss practical analytical methods which quantify the interaction between surface water and groundwater. Additionally, an overview on computer modeling of the interaction of groundwater with surface water is presented.

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

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Course Content

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the distribution and movement of water between the surface and the subsurface. You are required to study the following U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Engineering Manual:

Chapter 6 of Groundwater Hydrology
(Engineering Manual EM 1110-2-1421, 1999 edition, 18 pages, PDF file).

Please click on the above underlined hypertext to view, download or print the document for your study.

The following contains the outline of Chapter 6 of the Engineering Manual EM 1110-2-1421:

Engineering and Design - Groundwater Hydrology

Chapter 6 - Interaction Between Surface Water and Groundwater

6-1 General
6-2 System Components
6-3 Infiltration
6-4 Stream-Aquifer Interaction
6-5 Interaction Between Lakes and Groundwater
6-6 Analytical Methods
6-7 Estimating the Transient Effects of Flood Waves on Groundwater Flow
6-8 Estimating Baseflow Contribution from Storm Events to Streamflow
6-9 Estimating Aquifer Diffusivity from Streamflow Records
6-10 Estimating Effects of Pumping Wells on Stream Depletion
6-11 Numerical Modeling of Surface Water and Groundwater Systems

Related Links

For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following websites or web pages:

USGS - Water Resources of the United States
National Ground Water Association
The Groundwater Foundation
Ground-Water Remediation Technologies Analysis Center

Once you finish studying the above course content you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered professional engineer. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.