Aquifer Science Research Program Plan: 2006-2011
…The Edwards Aquifer is a complex system and to understand the aquifer adequately requires accurate and timely research and data collection . This report summarizes the inception of the Authority ‘s Aquifer Science Research Program (ASRP), which is a natural outgrowth of the Authority’s initial research program known as Optimization Technical Studies (OTS). The OTS were performed under the Edwards Aquifer Optimization Program (EAOP), as summarized by Todd Engineers, 1999.
This report will serve as the document for transitioning from the OTS to the ASRP. The ASRP is managed by the Authority, with input from an outside panel of experts referred to as the Aquifer Science Advisory Panel (ASAP), as well as continued input from the Technical Advisory Group (TAG), which helped the Authority develop the original OTS. The ASRP differs from the OTS in that the Authority receives input from the TAG and the new ASAP in relation to research project development and review. The ASRP is also limited to research projects directly related to the Authority’s Aquifer Science Program, whereas the OTS included projects outside the Aquifer Science Programs scope. As with the OTS, the board of directors has final approval over all projects prior to initiation.
The document sections … provide a discussion of the EAOP, OTS, and the new ASRP in greater detail. In order to document the various projects associated with the ASRP and OTS, summary tables are provided in each respective section, and detailed descriptions are provided in the appendices. Appendix A provides detailed descriptions of proposed ASRP projects. Detailed descriptions and status summaries of active OTS projects (many of which will be absorbed into the ASRP) are provided in Appendix B. Projects completed under the OTS are listed in Appendix C.