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Hydrogeologic considerations for an interstate ground-water compact on the Madison aquifer, northern Great Plains

Open-File Report 78-138

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Abstract

The development of an interstate ground-water compact for the Madison aquifer in the Northern Great Plains may provide a framework to allocate equitably this large ground-water resource while avoiding possible future interstate legal conflicts. However, some technical problems will have to be resolved first. A compact designed to regulate or to allocate the available ground water will have to be written in very precise, legally acceptable definitions. The required definitions may infer a degree of measurement accuracy that cannot be technically or economically provided. Therefore, a trade off may be required between preserving natural conditions and allowing beneficial use of the ground-water resource.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Hydrogeologic considerations for an interstate ground-water compact on the Madison aquifer, northern Great Plains
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
78-138
Year Published:
1978
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Denver, CO
Description:
iii, 8 p.
Country:
United States
State:
Montana;North Dakota;South Dakota;Wyoming
Additional Online Files(Y/N):
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