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Overview of environmental and hydrogeologic conditions at Galena, Alaska

Open-File Report 94-525

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Abstract

The remote Native village of Galena along the Yukon River in west-central Alaska has long cold winters and short summers that affects the hydrology of the area. The Federal Aviation Administration owns or operates airport support facilities in Galena and wishes to consider the subsistence lifestyle of the residents and the quality of the current environment when evaluating options for remediation of environmental contamination at these facilities. Galena is located on the flood plain of the Yukon River and obtains its drinking water from a shallow aquifer located in the thick alluvium underlying the village. Surface spills and disposal of hazardous materials combined with annual flooding of the Yukon River may affect the quality of the ground water. Alternative drinking-water sources are available but at significantly greater cost than existing supplies.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Overview of environmental and hydrogeologic conditions at Galena, Alaska
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
94-525
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1994
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey ; Earth Science Information Center, Open-File Reports Section [distributor],
Description:
1 v. 172 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm.