A multi-period optimization model for conjunctive surface water-ground water use via aquifer storage and recovery in Corpus Christi, Texas

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Scopus citations

Abstract

The present study develops and evaluates a decision support system for the conjunctive management of the current surface and proposed aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) facility of the city of Corpus Christi, TX using a simulation-optimization approach. The objective of the model is to maximize water storage in the surface and subsurface storage units while meeting (1) the freshwater inflow requirements to the Corpus Christi estuary and (2) the water demands of the city and its service area. The model is parameterized using streamflow data from the U. S. Geological Survey gauging stations on the Nueces River and its tributaries as well as long-term climatic data and regional hydrogeologic information. Results indicate that a single-well field ASR facility is capable of storing approximately 925 ha-m (7,500 ac-ft) of water over a 5-year period in the Evangeline Aquifer with a total potential storage of about 2,715 ha-m (22,000 ac-ft) of water over the jurisdictional area of the Corpus Christi Aquifer Storage and Recovery Conservation District. Surplus surface water sources are seen to contribute approximately 49-96 % of the water stored in the ASR during the simulation period. The remaining storage came from either Choke Canyon Reservoir or Lake Corpus Christi, which also resulted in a slight reduction in evapotranspiration in both reservoirs. The analysis indicates that the proposed ASR system is not limited on the supply side but multiple well fields may be required to increase the storage capacity within the aquifer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2589-2604
Number of pages16
JournalEnvironmental Earth Sciences
Volume71
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Conjunctive management
  • Simulation-optimization
  • Water budget
  • Water storage
  • Water supply augmentation

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'A multi-period optimization model for conjunctive surface water-ground water use via aquifer storage and recovery in Corpus Christi, Texas'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this