Desert basins of the Southwest
|Title||Desert basins of the Southwest|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2000|
|Authors||Leake SA, Konieczki AD, Rees JAH|
|Journal||U.S. Geological Survey|
Ground water is among the Nation’s most important natural resources. It provides drinking water to urban and rural communities, supports irrigation and industry, sustains the flow of streams and rivers, and maintains riparian and wetland ecosystems. In many areas of the Nation, the future sustainability of ground-water resources is at risk from over use and contamination. Because ground-water systems typically respond slowly to human actions, a long-term perspective is needed to manage this valuable resource. This publication is one in a series of fact sheets that describe ground-water-resource issues across the United States, as well as some of the activities of the U.S. Geological Survey that provide information to help others develop, manage, and protect ground-water resources in a sustainable manner.