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Groundwater Engineering for Water Supplies - The California Central Valley 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 7-hour course will provide an introduction to the California Central Valley Aquifer. This aquifer is the second largest principal water supply aquifer in the United States. The Valley is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. It grows 25 percent of the food produced in the United States. This important resource is being impacted by droughts, declining water levels, and expected future declines due to forecasted diminishment of snowpack runoff from the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Additionally, the population in the Valley is expected to increase by over 50 percent by 2020, thereby placing additional demands on water resources.

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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