The Upper Floridan aquifer is the uppermost, reliable aquifer in southwest Georgia. The aquifer lies on top of the Claiborne, Clayton, and Cretaceous aquifers, all of which exhibited water level declines in the 1960s and 1970s. The U.S. Geological Survey has been working cooperatively with Albany Utilities to monitor groundwater quality and availability in these aquifers since 1977.
During January 2020, nine wells were sampled—six for anions, metals, and nitrate plus nitrite as nitrogen, and three for anions, metals, and pesticides. Nitrate plus nitrite as nitrogen concentrations ranged from 2.4 milligrams per liter (mg/L) to 10.4 mg/L, and no pesticides were detected. Nitrate plus nitrite as nitrogen concentrations in well 12L277, open to the Upper Floridan aquifer, have been above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Maximum Contaminant Level of 10 mg/L for nitrates in drinking water since 2014.
Flow direction in the Upper Floridan aquifer is to the south and toward the Flint River. Water levels varied during the past year above and below period of record median values. Water levels in the Upper Floridan aquifer were primarily above median levels. Water levels in the Claiborne aquifer were above median levels, whereas water levels in the Clayton and Cretaceous aquifers were below median levels.
Gordon, D.W., 2020, Groundwater quality and groundwater levels in Dougherty County, Georgia, April 2019 through March 2020: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1120, 12 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201120.
ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Title||Groundwater quality and groundwater levels in Dougherty County, Georgia, April 2019 through March 2020|
|Series title||Open-File Report|
|Publisher||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Publisher location||Reston, VA|
|Contributing office(s)||South Atlantic Water Science Center|
|Description||vi, 12 p.|
|Online Only (Y/N)||Y|
|Additional Online Files (Y/N)||N|
|Google Analytic Metrics||Metrics page|