Risk assessment for a proposed groundwater abstraction scheme in Strathmore, North-East Scotland

A modelling approach

M. Chen, C. Soulsby

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Abstract

The Lower Old Red Sandstones in northern Strathmore have favourable hydrogeological conditions for ground-water development. A scheme was proposed to abstract water in the north Esk catchment in order to augment water supplies to local villages, and a production borehole was drilled into the Edzell Sandstones to give a design yield of 2420 m 3 /d. However, this scheme has been abandoned because of concern that the abstraction would significantly reduce the flow in a nearby stream which is an important salmonid fishery. This study demonstrates the potential value of using a stream-aquifer numerical model in an environmental risk assessment for the proposed scheme.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-55
Number of pages9
JournalWater and Environment Journal
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 1997

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Keywords

  • Environmental risk assessment
  • Groundwater modelling
  • MODFLOW
  • Stream-aquifer interaction
  • Streamflow routeing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Pollution
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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