This report presents hydrologic and geologic data collected by the U.S. Geological Survey during an investigation of water resources in the lower Thames and southeastern coastal river basins in cooperation with the Connecticut Water Resources Commission. The report area occupies about 440 square miles in the southeastern part of the State; it includes about 5 square miles in southwestern Rhode Island. It includes the towns of Bozrah, Groton, Ledyard, Montville, New London, Stonington, and Waterford, and parts of Columbia, Colchester, East Lyme, Franklin, Lebanon, North Stonington, Norwich, Old Lyme, Preston, Salem, and Voluntown. A companion interpretive report, Connecticut Water Resources Bulletin No. 15, (Thomas and others, in preparation), evaluates the water resources of the area. The data on the following pages serve to document and supplement that report and should be especially useful in planning the development of water resources at specific localities.
Data were collected as part of this investigation from 1963 to 1965.
Streamflow records from continuous~record gaging stations in the report area for
this period have been published annually along with data from other parts of
the State in a series of U.S. Geological Survey reports entitled "Surface
Water Records of Connecticut." Water-level measurements in wells throughout
the State from 1960 through 1966~ including those made as part of this
investigations are published in Connecticut Water Resources Bulletin No. 7
(Meikle and Baker~ 1965) and Connecticut Water Resources Bulletin No. 13
(Melklee 1967). Most other data collected during this investigation are
tabulated on the following pages. Included are some previously unpublished
data collected prior to the start of this study.
The locations of sites at which data were collected are shown on Plate A
in the pocket at the back of the report. Plate A includes the locations of
42 miscellaneous sites where measurements of streamflow were made during 1963
and 1964 and 6 other sites where continuous records are maintained. Data for
25 of the 42 miscellaneous sites are included in this report: data for the
remaining 17 miscellaneous sites and for 5 of the 6 continuous-record sites
have already been published in "Surface Water Records of Connecticut."
Streamflow records for Pawcatuck River at Westerly~ Rhode Island have been
previously published in "Surface Water Records of Massachusetts, New Hampshire,
Rhode Island, and Vermont."
Data presented, unless otherwise noted, were collected by U.S. Geological
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Hydrogeologic data for the lower Thames and southeastern coastal river basins, Connecticut