As you work through this lesson, you will understand the management
strategies for the non-karst portion of karst catchments based
on the vulnerability of the downstream karst unit.
What are karst catchment areas?
Karst catchment areas are comprised of all lands contributing
surface runoff and/or diffuse recharge to the karst system, including
upstream non-karst areas.
When and how are karst catchment areas identified?
Karst catchments are delineated during karst inventories. Dye
tracing can be used to determine subsurface flow paths, particularly
cases where subsurface hydrological connections cross surface drainage
What is the main management objective for the
non-karst portion of a karst catchment?
To maintain the water quality and quantity of
streams that sink or lose water into downstream karst units.
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