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Online – Exploring Groundwater Recoverability in Texas Webinar with Texas Water Journal
February 11, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am$10
Join the Texas Water Journal for a webinar exploring a new framework for quantifying groundwater recoverability.
The 2017 Texas state water plan projects total supply deficits of 4.8 and 8.9 million acre-feet under drought-of-record conditions by the year 2020 and 2070, respectively, driven by population growth concurrent with declining available supplies. Reductions in groundwater supply account for 95% of anticipated declines in total water supply. Meanwhile, restrictive groundwater management plans may be creating a regulation-induced shortage of groundwater in Texas, given the significant groundwater storage volumes that are unutilized under many management plans.
This presentation will explore a recent article in the Texas Water Journal, “Exploring Groundwater Recoverability in Texas: Maximum Economically Recoverable Storage,” where Justin C. Thompson, Charles W. Kreitler, and Michael H. Young provide an analysis of groundwater extraction feasibility and simulate maximum economically recoverable storage for conditions representative of the central section of the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer under economic constraints associated with agricultural uses. Their results indicate that certain uses may be limited to as little as 1% of current groundwater availability estimates. They suggest that Texas groundwater managers, stakeholders, and policymakers assessing groundwater availability need an alternate approach for estimating recoverability.