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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: AGRICULTURAL LAND MANAGEMENT TO OPTIMIZE PRODUCTIVITY AND NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION AT FARM AND WATERSHED SCALES

Location: Great Plains Agroclimate and Natural Resources Research Unit

Title: Quantitative and qualitative analysis of groundwater in aguanaval and chupaderos aquifers (Mexico)

Authors
item Junez-Ferreira, Hugo Enrique -
item Mojarro Davila, Francisco -
item Bautista-Capetillo, Carlos -
item Villalobos DE Alba, Angel -
item Steiner, Jean
item Avila Carrasco, Jose R. -

Submitted to: Journal of Earth Science and Engineering
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: June 15, 2013
Publication Date: July 25, 2013
Citation: Junez-Ferreira, H., Mojarro Davila, F., Bautista-Capetillo, C., Villalobos De Alba, A., Steiner, J.L., Avila Carrasco, J. 2013. Quantitative and qualitative analysis of groundwater in aguanaval and chupaderos aquifers (Mexico). Journal of Earth Science and Engineering. 3:425-436.

Interpretive Summary: Regional groundwater assessment studies are essential to guide groundwater management by policy/decision makers. Increased use of groundwater resources and drought have led to concern about the future availability of groundwater to meet domestic, agricultural, industrial, and environmental needs, including in Central Mexico. Deep understanding of how the l water table varies spatially and in time, along witih a better understanding of you water moves through the is required. This paper gathers historical geological, hydrological and chemical information for quantitative and qualitative as well as spatial and temporal evolution of groundwater for Aguanaval and Chupaderos aquifers, both surrounding Calera aquifer in Mexico. Historical databases were employed to determine historical trends of depth to water and values were projected along the trend for years 2010, 2030 and 2050. Potential recharge sites were also identified through water level-topography correlation. The water quality analysis was completed by applying geostatistics to data on spatial distributions for bicarbonate, chloride, sulfate, total dissolved solids, temperature, and sodium, employing databases generated in recent sampling campaigns. This analysis provided additional information to help understand the functioning of groundwater in studied aquifers. Finally, results were compared with permissible values established in the Mexican norm.

Technical Abstract: Adequate regional groundwater assessment studies are essential for the correct groundwater management by policy/decision makers; increased use of groundwater resources and drought have led to concern about the future availability of groundwater to meet domestic, agricultural, industrial, and environmental needs. Deep understanding of spatial and temporal water table dynamics together with transport processes is required. This paper gathers historical geological, hidrological and chemical information for quantitative and qualitative as well as spatial and temporal evolution of groundwater for Aguanaval and Chupaderos aquifers, both surrounding Calera aquifer in Mexico. Historical databases were employed to determine temporal trends of water levels and values were projected for years 2010, 2030 and 2050. Potential recharge sites were also identified through water level-topography correlation. The water quality analysis was completed by obtaining, through geostatistics, spatial distributions for bicarbonate, chloride, sulfate, total dissolved solids, temperature, and sodium, employing databases generated in recent sampling campaigns. This analysis provided additional elements to help understand the functioning of groundwater in studied aquifers. Finally, results were compared with permissible values established in the Mexican norm.

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