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Proc. IAHS, 372, 511–514, 2015
Proc. IAHS, 372, 511–514, 2015

  12 Nov 2015

12 Nov 2015

Effects of groundwater regulation on aquifer-system compaction and subsidence in the Houston-Galveston Region, Texas, USA

M. J. Turco and A. Petrov

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Short summary
Subsidence has been a primary concern in the Houston area for many years. Since 1906, over 10 feet of subsidence has occurred, with a broad area of 6 feet of subsidence existing today throughout most of the Houston Area. The Harris-Galveston Subsidence District has regulated the use of groundwater to mitigate the subsidence threat for 40 years with excellent success. Overall subsidence rates have slowed in the coastal areas as water sources have shifted away from groundwater.