State Water Resources Research Institute Program (WRRI)

Details for Project ID 2005HI125G, 2005

Coastal Groundwater Management in the Presence of Positive Stock Externalities

Institute: Hawaii
USGS Grant Number:
Start Date: 2005-09-01 End Date: 2008-08-31
Total Federal Funds: $148,021 Total Non-Federal Funds: $184,150

Principal Investigators: Kaeo Duarte, James Roumasset

Abstract: Methodologies exist for groundwater management where aquifers are exhaustible and groundwater extraction can lead to well salinization. Also, management with substitute freshwater sources such as desalting of saltwater from wells or the sea has been previously examined. These methodologies focus on the benefits of groundwater to water consumers. However, in coastal areas, groundwater also provides ecosystem services that have not been incorporated into groundwater management strategies. A notable example is the discharge of freshwater to nearshore environments. This project will provide a methodology for maximizing the value of groundwater, where the stock of groundwater affects the health of nearshore ecosystems.