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High and DryMeeting the Challenges of the World's Growing Dependence on Groundwater$
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William M Alley and Rosemarie Alley

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300220384

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300220384.001.0001

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Streamflow Depletion

Streamflow Depletion

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(p.108) 7 Streamflow Depletion
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High and Dry
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William M. Alley

Rosemarie Alley

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300220384.003.0007

Much of the book’s discussion thus far has focused on groundwater depletion. However, as wells continue to pump, the source of water increasingly comes from surface water. This chapter examines how depletion of even a small part of groundwater storage can have large impacts on surface-water resources. Yet despite this critical connection, different laws govern surface water and groundwater. Solving this complex water resource relationship also involves accounting for the delayed effects of pumping on surface-water resources. The ongoing challenges for conjunctive management are illustrated by the South Platte River basin of Colorado, as well as the Arkansas and Republican Rivers.

Keywords:   Colorado water, conjunctive management, groundwater-surface water interactions, South Platte River, streamflow depletion

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