Some Comments on the Relation between Ground Water and Wetlands

  • Virginia Carter
  • Richard P. Novitzki


One frequently stated myth used as a justification for wetland preservation is that ‘wetlands are ground water recharge areas’. This statement is true for some wetlands but invalid for many others. Actually, the relation between ground water and wetlands can be exceedingly complex. Recharge and discharge are natural processes that occur throughout the landscape (Sather and Stuber, 1984; Carter, 1986). The magnitude and timing of these processes depend upon such variables as the interrelation between local, intermediate and regional ground-water flow systems, position of local water table, geologic setting, ratio of vertical to horizontal hydraulic conductivity in the basin, depth and width of the basin, local slope and relief, and location of ground-water divides.


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  • Richard P. Novitzki

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