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Groundwater Engineering for Water Supplies - The High Plains (Ogallala) Aquifer

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.

The High Plains Aquifer is the most intensively pumped aquifer in the United States. Almost 25 percent of all groundwater withdrawn in the United States comes from this aquifer. It sustains over 25 percent of the agricultural yield produced in the United States. This 6-hour course will provide an overview of and familiarization with this vitally important aquifer. The course will illustrate the importance of groundwater contribution to water supplies for an eight-state area. It will also document concerns for this important diminishing resource as a result of sustained, declining water storage in this aquifer as well as concerns in regard to water quality issues.

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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