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Ground-water resources of the St. James area, South-central Minnesota

Hydrologic Atlas 334

Prepared in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Conservation Division of Waters, Soils, and Mineral and the City of St. James, Minnesota
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Abstract

The purpose of this investigation was to evaluate the quality and quantity of the ground-water resources in the area of St. James, Minnesota. St. James is located in the center of Watonwan County in south-central Minnesota. The area is covered by a thick layer of glacial drift which is underlain by Cretaceous, Cambrian, and Precambrian rocks. St. James presently obtains its water supply from two aquifers. One is a Cretaceous sandstone 160 feet below the surface, in which two wells are completed. This aquifer yields abundant water but it is of poor quality and is expensive to treat. The second source, tapped by three municipal wells, is a surficial sand and gravel deposit less than 40 feet thick at the well field. This aquifer produces water of better quality, but its extent and capacity are not known. There are other wells in the area completed at depths ranging from 15 to 500 feet.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Ground-water resources of the St. James area, South-central Minnesota
Series title:
Hydrologic Atlas
Series number:
334
Year Published:
1969
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Washington, D.C.
Contributing office(s):
Minnesota Water Science Center
Description:
Plate: 28.5 x 39.5 inches
Country:
United States
State:
Minnesota
City:
St. James
Scale:
62500
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