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Distribution and trend of nitrate, chloride, and total solids in water in the Magothy aquifer in southeast Nassau County, New York, from the 1950's through 1973

Water-Resources Investigations Report 76-44

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Abstract

Concentrations of nitrate, chloride, and total solids in water in the Magothy aquifer, southeast Nassau County, N.Y., show a steadily increasing trend from the early 1950 's through 1973. Vertical distribution of nitrate, chloride, and total-solids concentrations as shown in cross sections of the study area indicate downward movement of these constituents from tens of feet to a few hundred feet in this time period. Maximum concentrations are in a zone underlying the areas of Westbury, Hicksville, and Plainview. Nitrate (as nitrogen) concentration increased from 4-5 mg/liter to 7 mg/liter in the area of Westbury and from 3 to 10 mg/liter in Plainview during the period 1950-73. Lowest nitrate concentrations are in the area south of a line running from North Merrick to South Farmingdale. Also, during the period analyzed (1950-73), a 10-mg/liter line of equal-chloride concentration on a cross section in the Westbury area moved downward a distance of less than 50 feet, and in the area of Hicksville, nearly 150 feet. Total-solids concentration doubled during the period 1950-73 in the area of Plainview, where maximum downward movement of pollutants was observed. (Woodard-USGS)

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Distribution and trend of nitrate, chloride, and total solids in water in the Magothy aquifer in southeast Nassau County, New York, from the 1950's through 1973
Series title:
Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number:
76-44
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1976
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division,
Description:
vi, 47 p. :ill., maps ;26 cm.