Publication Date

12-1-2012

Committee Chair

Ruijin Ma, Ph.D.

Committee Members

Mark P. Kumler, Ph.D.

Abstract

Fort Irwin, a US Army base located in the Mojave desert area of California derives its water needs from aquifers underlying the Bicycle, Irwin, and Langford basins. At present natural recharge from the surface basins is not sufficient to balance water drawn from the aquifers. As part of efforts to improve aquifer recharge, a system was required to determine the volume of runoff generated in each basin as well as the feasibility and potential sites for storm water capture. This study used GIS to create models for basin delineation, runoff calculation and site suitability analysis for storm water capture. Outputs from these models made it possible to create maps showing estimated runoff volume and candidate sites for water capture within each storm water basin. The results also established the feasibility of storm water capture on Fort Irwin.

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Storm Water Flow and Water Capture Modeling

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