As a result of climate change, many small and medium-sized streams run dry more frequently and for longer periods of time. Working in the framework of a federal pilot project, we examined how the water that is available during periods of higher flow can be stored as groundwater resulting in a return to surface water during dry spells. The aim is to safeguard aquatic habitats and maintain water exploitation for human use. We tested our findings in a case study that involved identifying suitable locations for groundwater recharge.
- Assessment of the advantages and disadvantages of various recharge options
- Ascertainment of the necessary parameters at a specific stream
- Clarification of the prerequisites for streamside water storage (hydrogeological prerequisites and existing uses)
- Establishment of ways of determining proper recharge dimensions
- Coordination of case-study arrangements on the Eibach, including the identification of suitable locations for groundwater recharge
Dr. Andreas Zysset