Institute for a Sustainable Environment
Assessing Water Resource Demand in New York City part of Integrate:Workshops:Engineering, Sustainability, and the Geosciences:Activities
Students are provided with current population growth data for New York City using recent (2010) US Census data (from the FactFinder site: http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml or the Census FTP site: http://www2.census.gov/). They use this data along with average values for water usage per capita in urban areas to create an assessment of the water demand of New York City. The students compare this assessment with the size of the catchment of the aquifer system, and estimate the flux of water via precipitation from three USGS gauging sites (from: http://water.usgs.gov/data/) near each watershed. This allows for the students to reconstruct the water flux into the known volume of water resources at NYC's disposal, and compare those values to water demand. Also provided are flow rates during previous drought events for NYC during 1980 and 1964 to assess the extent of previous water demand issues.
Embracing the "Mess" in Environmental Systems part of Integrate:Workshops:Engineering, Sustainability, and the Geosciences:Essays
Kyle M. Monahan, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, Clarkson University Geological problems such as those commonly found in the fields of environmental engineering and the geosciences are uniquely suited to ...