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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 looking at a confined aquifer system: the North Atlantic Coastal Plain aquifer system. This confined aquifer system is a key source of water for major cities, agriculture, and industries from New York to North Carolina. Study of this aquifer system provides a real-world example of how a confined aquifer system is formed, including the influence of an ancient asteroid impact crater in the Chesapeake Bay, and how it functions in the hydrologic cycle. This case study also demonstrates effects of excess groundwater withdrawals including land subsidence and salt water intrusion. This course can be taken independently, or used to enhance understanding of concepts described in Geohydrology Fundamentals, Aquifer Tests and Analyses; and Design, Construction, and Operation of Water Supply Wells courses.
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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