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Sustainability of groundwater supplies in the Northern Atlantic Coastal Plain aquifer system

Fact Sheet 2016-3046

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https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20163046

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Abstract

Groundwater is the Nation’s principal reserve of freshwater. It provides about half our drinking water, is essential to food production, and facilitates business and industry in developing economic well-being. Groundwater is also an important source of water for sustaining the ecosystem health of rivers, wetlands, and estuaries throughout the country. The decreases in groundwater levels and other effects of pumping that result from large-scale development of groundwater resources have led to concerns about the future availability of groundwater to meet all our Nation’s needs. Assessments of groundwater availability provide the science and information needed by the public and decision makers to manage water resources and use them responsibly.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is conducting large-scale multidisciplinary regional studies of groundwater availability as part of its ongoing assessments of the principal aquifers of the Nation. These regional studies are intended to provide citizens, communities, and natural resource managers with knowledge of the status of the Nation’s groundwater resources and how changes in land use, water use, and climate have affected and are likely to affect those resources now and in the future.

Suggested Citation

Masterson, J.P., and Pope, J.P., 2016, Sustainability of groundwater supplies in the Northern Atlantic Coastal Plain aquifer system: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016–3046, 6 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20163046.

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)

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Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Sustainability of groundwater supplies in the Northern Atlantic Coastal Plain aquifer system
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
2016-3046
DOI:
10.3133/fs20163046
Year Published:
2016
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
New England Water Science Center
Description:
Report: 6 p.; Data Releases
Country:
United States
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
Y