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Southwest Research Institute launches intensive Edwards Aquifer study
San Antonio, Texas -- November 17, 2000 -- A team of scientists from Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®) has launched an interdisciplinary effort to better understand the hydrologic characteristics of the Edwards Aquifer.
The Edwards Aquifer, a highly fractured limestone formation lying beneath a large portion of south-central Texas, serves as the drinking water supply for more than 1 million people in San Antonio and surrounding communities.
The SwRI initiative combines analytical tools and expertise developed over more than a dozen years by hydrologists, geologists, geochemists, and geophysicists at the Institute working on projects related to characterization of aquifers and analysis of groundwater flow and transport.
The SwRI team, led by hydrologist Dr. Ronald Green, has targeted specific aspects of the Edwards Aquifer for investigation. To date, three projects are underway:
Combined data from all three SwRI studies will help ensure that the model accurately represents groundwater flow through the aquifer. The studies will be integrated with additional research by the EAA, San Antonio Water System, USGS, Texas Water Development Board, and the University of Texas Bureau of Economic Geology.
Results from Edwards-related projects funded by SwRI could also be applied to aquifers elsewhere, according to Green.
For more information about the Edwards Aquifer study, contact Joe Fohn, Communications Department, Southwest Research Institute, P.O. Drawer 28510, San Antonio, Texas, 78228-0510, Phone (210) 522-4630, Fax (210) 522-3547.
*SwRI invests $3 million annually in internal research to develop, test, or boost new technologies.