The Texas Water Journal published a new article in the Volume 11 issue titled “Hydrodynamic Modeling Results Showing the Effects of the Luce Bayou Interbasin Transfer on Salinity in Lake Houston, TX” by Erik A. Smith and Sachin Shah.
An overreliance on groundwater resources in the Houston (Texas) metropolitan area has led to aquifer drawdowns and land subsidence. As a result, regional water suppliers have been turning to surface water resources to meet water demand. According to the abstract, Lake Houston, an important water supply reservoir 24 kilometers (15 miles) northeast of downtown Houston, requires new water supply sources to continue to meet water supply demands for the next several decades.
The upcoming Luce Bayou Interbasin Transfer Project will divert up to 500 million gallons per day of Trinity River water into Lake Houston. The authors modeled the potential for the Luce Bayou Interbasin Transfer to result in changes to water quality in Lake Houston and found that salinities increased moderately over most of the scenarios.
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