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Effects of sanitary sewers on ground-water levels and streams in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, New York; Part 2, development and application of southwest Suffolk County model

Water-Resources Investigations Report 83-4209

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Abstract

By 1990, sanitary sewers in Nassau County Sewage Disposal Districts 2 and 3 and Suffolk County Southwest Sewer District will discharge to the ocean 140 cu ft of water/sec that would otherwise be returned to the groundwater system through septic tanks and similar systems. To evaluate the effects of this loss on groundwater levels and streamflow, the U.S. Geological Survey developed a groundwater flow model that couples a fine-scale subregional model to a regional model of larger scale. The regional model generates flux boundary conditions for the subregional model, and the subregional model provides detail in the area of concern. Results indicate that the water table will decline by as much as 8 ft along the Suffolk-Nassau county line, with effects decreasing eastward. Base flow is predicted to decrease by as much as 73% in a stream along the county line, but this effect will decrease to zero just east of the sewered area. This report is one of a series describing the predicted hydrologic effects of sewers in southern Nassau and southwest Suffolk Counties. (USGS)

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Effects of sanitary sewers on ground-water levels and streams in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, New York; Part 2, development and application of southwest Suffolk County model
Series title:
Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number:
83-4209
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1985
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey,
Description:
vi, 39 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm.