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|Dr. Richard K. Spruill - Associate Professor
of North Carolina (1980)
Professional and Research Interests
Plain Province of North Carolina is a hydrogeologist's paradise. The complex
aquifer systems which underlie the region are utilized extensively by municipalities,
industries, agriculture and individuals: hydrogeologic problems abound. My
research efforts are centered on, but are not confined to, the province and
my emphasis is on collection and interpretation of field data. Computer models
are used as tools to evaluate and represent field data. The ultimate goal
of these research efforts is to develop management criteria for safe and
effective utilization of the aquifers in the face of ever increasing demand
for water resources.
research projects involve determination of aquifer parameters and recharge
areas for the Castle Hayne Aquifer System, design/implementation/evaluation
of high-capacity well fields for municipal water supplies, and development
of new strategies for well head protection based on hydrologic analysis of
movement of groundwater within and between aquifers.
students are working on a wide variety of hydrogeologic problems such as:
1) resource evaluation and development of the Castle Hayne Aquifer System
in Onslow county, 2) development of well head protection plan for the City
of Washington well field, and 3) evaluation and resource utilization options
for water resources affected by salt water encroachment in the NC coastal
environment. Graduate students continue to play a vital role in publication
of our research efforts as indicated by student coauthors of recent publications.
R.K., and Reynolds, J.W., 1992, Hydrogeology and Groundwater Management Activities
at the Lee Creek Mine at Texasgulf, Inc.: The Compass, v. 70, no. 1, p. 36-44.
J.W. and Spruill, RK., 1995, Groundwater Flow Simulation for Management of
a Regulated Aquifer System: A Case Study in the North Carolina Coastal Plain:
Journal of Groundwater, v. 33, no. 5, p. 741-748.