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Construction of a groundwater-flow model for the Big Sioux Aquifer using airborne electromagnetic methods, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Fact Sheet 2016-3075

Prepared in cooperation with the City of Sioux Falls
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https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20163075

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Abstract

The city of Sioux Falls is the fastest growing community in South Dakota. In response to this continued growth and planning for future development, Sioux Falls requires a sustainable supply of municipal water. Planning and managing sustainable groundwater supplies requires a thorough understanding of local groundwater resources. The Big Sioux aquifer consists of glacial outwash sands and gravels and is hydraulically connected to the Big Sioux River, which provided about 90 percent of the city’s source-water production in 2015. Managing sustainable groundwater supplies also requires an understanding of groundwater availability. An effective mechanism to inform water management decisions is the development and utilization of a groundwater-flow model. A groundwater-flow model provides a quantitative framework for synthesizing field information and conceptualizing hydrogeologic processes. These groundwater-flow models can support decision making processes by mapping and characterizing the aquifer. Accordingly, the city of Sioux Falls partnered with the U.S. Geological Survey to construct a groundwater-flow model. Model inputs will include data from advanced geophysical techniques, specifically airborne electromagnetic methods.

Suggested Citation

Valder, J.F., Delzer, G.C., Carter, J.M., Smith, B.D., and Smith, D.V., 2016, Construction of a groundwater-flow model for the Big Sioux aquifer using airborne electromagnetic methods, Sioux Falls, South Dakota: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016–3075, 4 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20163075.

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Study Objectives
  • Groundwater-Flow Model Background
  • Airborne Electromagnetic Method Approach
  • References Cited

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Construction of a groundwater-flow model for the Big Sioux Aquifer using airborne electromagnetic methods, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
2016-3075
DOI:
10.3133/fs20163075
Year Published:
2016
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
South Dakota Water Science Center
Description:
4 p.
Country:
United States
State:
South Dakota
City:
Sioux Falls
Online Only (Y/N):
N