Ground Water Sustainability: Definition, Implementation, and Validation I

Are we justified in applying the term sustainable to ground water resources? Is ground water truly sustainable? Is ground water quality sustainable? Is there a difference between economic and resource sustainability of water supplies? These are questions most planners deal with. Some resource managers have developed programs that promote water conservation. While these programs may be a step in the right direction, do they answer these important questions? How is ground water sustainability defined? What are current techniques for implementing sustainability? How is sustainability validated/measured? Are aquifer systems truly sustainable? Where are future sources of water? How much water is actually available? What are the effects of human consumption on future sources and sustainability? This session explores developed strategies which address these issues.
Monday, April 20, 2009: 10:30 a.m.-11:50 a.m.
Turquoise III (Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort )
Kurt O. Thomsen, Ph.D., CGWP., PG and Dale Armstrong, RG, CPG
10:30 a.m.
Climate Variability and Sustainability of Southern Nevada's Ground Water Resources
David J. Donovan, Southern Nevada Water Authority; Bruce Wert, Southern Nevada Water Authority; Joseph F. Leising, Ph.D., Southern Nevada Water Authority; Terry Katzer, Cordilleran Hydrology
10:50 a.m.
Methods and Indicators for Assessment of Regional Ground Water Conditions to Monitor the Sustainable Use of Ground Water Supplies
Fred D. Tillman, Ph.D., USGS; Stanley A. Leake, USGS; Marilyn E. Flynn, USGS; Jeffrey T. Cordova, USGS; Kurt T. Schonauer, USGS; Jesse E. Dickinson, USGS
11:10 a.m.
Application of Linear Reservoir Theory to Fractured Bedrock Aquifer in Central Arizona
Vit Kuhnel, LFR/Levine Fricke Inc.; Aaron D. Kempf, LFR/Levine Fricke Inc.
11:30 a.m.
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