Economic effects of land subsidence due to excessive groundwater withdrawal in the Texas Gulf Coast area

dc.acquisition-srcTexas Water Resources Instituteen_US
dc.call-noTD 224 .T4 T38 no. 67 GBAYen_US
dc.contract-noen_US
dc.contributor.authorJones, Lonnie L., and James Larsonen_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-02-15T16:53:29Z
dc.date.available2010-02-15T16:53:29Z
dc.date.issued1975en_US
dc.degreeen_US
dc.description33 pgs.en_US
dc.description-otheren_US
dc.description.abstractThe Texas Gulf Coast area is experiencing subsidence of the land surface due to excessive withdrawals of groundwater. Damages and property losses are significant, especially along the upper Galveston Bay area, including Houston, Baytown, Clear Lake City and other developments. The study estimates total annual damages and losses for a 945 square mile study area to be $31.7 million. Temporary flooding, permanent inundation, bulkheading and landfilling were the major subsidence-related causes of cost and/or losses in property value. Structural damages from subsidence aggrevated faults were also significant. Damages and losses were more intensive in areas adjacent to Galveston Bay and major waterways. Breakeven analysis implies economic justification for withdrawing only that quantity of water that would result in no subsidence. Water needs above that rate should be imported to minimize total costs to the area. Importation of up to 198 billion gallons per year would be justified to meet demand and avoid subsidence. At current water use rates and prices of surface and groundwater, the area could save as much as $11.4 million annually, even if all water needs were met from surface sources.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://gbic.tamug.edu/request.htmen_US
dc.geo-codeTexas coasten_US
dc.geo-codeGalveston Bayen_US
dc.geo-codeHoustonen_US
dc.geo-codeBaytownen_US
dc.geo-codeClear Lakeen_US
dc.geo-codeGalvestonen_US
dc.geo-codeHoustonen_US
dc.geo-codeTexasen_US
dc.geo-codeUnited Statesen_US
dc.history8/26/05 eas; June 1993; April 1994; 24-Sep-1996en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1969.3/19725
dc.latitudeen_US
dc.locationGBIC Circulating Collectionen_US
dc.longitudeen_US
dc.notesen_US
dc.placeCollege Station, TXen_US
dc.publisherTexas A&M University, Texas Water Resource Instituteen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries1966.00en_US
dc.relation.urien_US
dc.scaleen_US
dc.seriesTechnical Report No. TR-67en_US
dc.subjectsubsidenceen_US
dc.subjecteconomicsen_US
dc.subjectground wateren_US
dc.subjectbiological damageen_US
dc.subjectfloodingen_US
dc.subjectwater resourcesen_US
dc.subjectsurface wateren_US
dc.subjectearth movementsen_US
dc.subjectgulf coasten_US
dc.subjectwater withdrawalsen_US
dc.titleEconomic effects of land subsidence due to excessive groundwater withdrawal in the Texas Gulf Coast areaen_US
dc.typeBooken_US
dc.universityen_US
dc.vol-issueen_US
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