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Groundwater drawdown in swale?

Groundwater drawdown in swale?

Groundwater drawdown in swale?

Hello all,

I have been asked to estimate the extent of groundwater level drawdown for a proposed swale (2' deep) that extends through a wetland (presumed groundwater elevation 6" below grade). The regulator is asking for an area around the swale that will have a lowered water table elevation due to this feature.

I haven't found a set of equations that match my needs exactly, I have seen the Theis equation that determines the cone of depression for a water well, and thought my case could be approximated by this condition.

Has anyone else had experience in answering this question?


- smm

RE: Groundwater drawdown in swale?

Consider boundary condition shown on page 4-2


There's a parameter "L," which you can estimate using page 4-24. Please note that permeability on the equation of 4-24 is in units of 10-4 cm/sec.

The length of zero drawdown is a function of permeability. Get some grain-size data (or run a field test to evaluate). If using grain-size data, here's something that may help:


Please note on the graph that permeability is also shown in units of 10-4 cm/sec.

You may want to consider all flow-to-slot equations if 4-2 doesn't quite work. That reference is a great document.


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