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Appraisal of shallow ground-water resources and management alternatives in the Upper Peace and Eastern Alafia River Basins, Florida

Water-Resources Investigations Report 77-124

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Abstract

In southwest Florida, the shallow aquifer system underlying the 1,250-square-mile upper Peace and eastern Alafia River basins is a relatively untapped source of supply. The aquifer system ranges between 50 and 300 feet thick and is composed of a surficial sand unit underlain by a limestone unit. Sand and clay confining beds separate the shallow aquifer system from the highly productive, extensively developed deep aquifer system. The hydrologic budget of the area indicates that annual leakage of water from the shallow to the deep aquifer system is 2.6 inches while annual pumpage from the deep aquifer system averages 5.5 inches. Management alternatives to be considered for efficient use of the shallow ground-water resources include development by withdrawal wells or connector wells for recharge. One solution for a gridded network of wells consists of 540 wells spaced 7,000 feet apart, each producing 453 gallons per minute. The network would derive water to meet demand by capturing water that would normally have run off evapotranspired. (Woodard-USGS)

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Appraisal of shallow ground-water resources and management alternatives in the Upper Peace and Eastern Alafia River Basins, Florida
Series title:
Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number:
77-124
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1978
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division,
Description:
v, 57 p. :ill., maps ;26 cm.