Evaluation of effects of groundwater withdrawals at the proposed Allen combined-cycle combustion turbine plant, Shelby County, Tennessee

Scientific Investigations Report 2016-5072
Prepared in cooperation with the Tennessee Valley Authority
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Abstract

The Mississippi Embayment Regional Aquifer Study groundwater-flow model was used to simulate the potential effects of future groundwater withdrawals at the proposed Allen combined-cycle combustion turbine plant in Shelby County, Tennessee. The scenario used in the simulation consisted of a 30-year average withdrawal period followed by a 30-day maximum withdrawal period. Effects of withdrawals at the Allen plant site on the Mississippi embayment aquifer system were evaluated by comparing the difference in simulated water levels in the aquifers at the end of the 30-year average withdrawal period and at the end of the scenario to a base case without the Allen combined-cycle combustion turbine plant withdrawals. Simulated potentiometric surface declines in the Memphis aquifer at the Allen plant site were about 7 feet at the end of the 30-year average withdrawal period and 11 feet at the end of the scenario. The affected area of the Memphis aquifer at the Allen plant site as delineated by the 4-foot potentiometric surface-decline contour was 2,590 acres at the end of the 30-year average withdrawal period and 11,380 acres at the end of the scenario. Simulated declines in the underlying Fort Pillow aquifer and overlying shallow aquifer were both less than 1 foot at the end of the 30-year average withdrawal period and the end of the scenario.

Suggested Citation

Haugh, C.J., 2016, Evaluation of effects of groundwater withdrawals at the proposed Allen combined-cycle combustion turbine plant, Shelby County, Tennessee: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5072, 8 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20165072.

ISSN: 2328-0328 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Regional Model
  • Effects of Groundwater Withdrawals
  • Model Limitations
  • Summary
  • References

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Evaluation of effects of groundwater withdrawals at the proposed Allen combined-cycle combustion turbine plant, Shelby County, Tennessee
Series title Scientific Investigations Report
Series number 2016-5072
DOI 10.3133/sir20165072
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center
Description iv, 8 p.
First page 1
Last page 8
Country United States
State Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee
County Shelby County
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N