Withdrawal of ground water and pond water on Long Island from 1904 to 1949

Open-File Report 50-83
Prepared in cooperation with the New York Water Power and Control Commission, Nassau County Department of Public Works, Suffolk County Board of Supervisors, Suffolk County Water Authority



For more than 50 years the highly productive and readily replenishable water-bearing sands and gravels on Long Island -- capable of yielding an average of at least 1,000 million gallons a day -- and also some surface streams and ponds have been utilized on a large scale of public water supply and industrial, agricultural and domestic uses. During the drought months of 1949, when many surface and groundwater supplied were being depleted at an alarming rate in many localities in the Northeast, the abundant water resources of Long Island provided sufficient water for public water supply for a large number of private companies and municipalities, as well as for large emergency drafts by the City of New York. In addition they kept industrial concerns from curtailing production, saved millions of dollars of potato, cauliflower, and other Long Island crops, and even furnished, during the summer heat, comfort cooling and theatergoers.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Withdrawal of ground water and pond water on Long Island from 1904 to 1949
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 50-83
DOI 10.3133/ofr5083
Year Published 1950
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Mineola, NY
Description 5 p.
Time Range Start 1904-01-01
Time Range End 1949-12-31
Country United States
State New York
City Long Island
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