Water resource plan

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By Nicole M. Belcher/Student Axia College of University of Phoenix SCI 275- Environmental Science January 10, 2009 Aquifer Depletion: A brief description of aquifer depletion and how it originated. Many countries over pump aquifers while struggling to sate the increasing water needs. This includes the U.S., India and China- the three big grain producers. A number of other countries where the tables of water are decreasing; including these three, are occupied by more than half of the world’s people. There are two types of aquifers: non-replenishable (or fossil) and replenishable. The aquifer under the North China plain is a shallow and replenishable. Most of the aquifers in India are replenishable as well. With those and other replenishable aquifers the maximum rate of pumping is reduces automatically to mirror the recharge rate when depleted. In the cases of the immense U.S. Ogallala aquifer-a fossil (or non-replenishable) aquifer, the aquifer deep under the North China Plain, or the Saudi aquifer- when depleted, the pumping stops. If rainfall permits, farmers who have lost their irrigation water have the option of returning to dryland farming that yields less. In the Middle East or in the Southwestern United States-which are arid regions- a loss of irrigation water equals the end of agriculture. Sustainability and Maintenance Plan: Action steps in order of occurrence with timeline: I will start by applying for as many federal and independent grants as possible. I will also hold as many fundraisers as needed to fund the research and development of my new water resource plan. This will be ongoing and will continue throughout the construction process and probably to at least the completion of each of the plants. My plan for implementing, sustaining and maintaining the aquifers in the Southwest region of the United States is use a Water Systems

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