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Groundwater Engineering for Water Supplies - The Mississippi Embayment 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 6-hour course will provide an introduction to the Mississippi Embayment Aquifer system, which is the third largest principal water supply aquifer system in the United States. The aquifer system supplies water for agriculture, aquaculture, and substantial municipal water supply needs including all of the potable water for Memphis, Tennessee. The aquifer system includes two vitally important aquifers: the unconfined Mississippi River Valley Alluvial and the confined Middle Claiborne aquifers. This course will discuss the geohydrology, uses, and changes in the aquifer system, as well as present and future concerns for this resource.

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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