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Three Southwest Research Institute scientists contributed their groundwater management expertise to a new book about the Edwards Aquifer, the primary water source for the San Antonio area and surrounding communities. The 27-chapter memoir, titled "The Edwards Aquifer: The Past, Present and Future of a Vital Water Resource" and published by the Geological Society of America (GSA), compiles research spanning decades and addresses emerging challenges facing the aquifer.
"This first-of-its-kind, comprehensive memoir pulls together all of the information we have about the Edwards Aquifer to date in one place," said Dr. Ronald Green, an Institute scientist and groundwater hydrologist who co-edited the book and co-authored several chapters. "Researchers, regulators and water authorities can use this memoir to manage the aquifer and build upon the work that's already been done."
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The book, dedicated to educating readers on the complex aquifer system, covers a range of topics including characterization of the aquifer components, the hydrogeologic structure of the aquifer and the effects of climate and urbanization on the aquifer system. Green says thoroughly understanding the demands on the aquifer, which provides water to millions of people, is key to preserving the resource for future Texans.
"Over time, the aquifer has been used and developed more," Green said. "Understanding the...
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