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Ground Water in the Anchorage Area, Alaska--Meeting the Challenges of Ground-Water Sustainability

Fact Sheet 2006-3148

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Abstract

Ground water is an important component of Anchorage's water supply. During the 1970s and early 80s when ground water extracted from aquifers near Ship Creek was the principal source of supply, area-wide declines in ground-water levels resulted in near record low streamflows in Ship Creek. Since the importation of Eklutna Lake water in the late 1980s, ground-water use has been reduced and ground water has contributed 14-30 percent of the annual supply. As Anchorage grows, given the current constraints on the Eklutna Lake water availability, the increasing demand for water could place an increasing reliance on local ground-water resources. The sustainability of Anchorage's ground-water resources challenges stakeholders to develop a comprehensive water-resources management strategy.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Ground Water in the Anchorage Area, Alaska--Meeting the Challenges of Ground-Water Sustainability
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
2006-3148
Edition:
-
Year Published:
2006
Language:
ENGLISH
Description:
4 p.
Number of Pages:
4