Hydrology of the Lake Deaton and Lake Okahumpka area, Northeast Sumter County, Florida

Open-File Report 80-733
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The Floridan aquifer in the Lake Deaton and Lake Okahumpka area is 50 to 130 feet below land surface. During the 16-year period 1963-78 lake evaporation exceeded rainfall by 0.4 inches. Drainage from Lake Deaton and its surrounding area goes into Chitty Chatty Creek and on the Hogeye Sink when the altitude of the potentiometric surface of the Floridan aquifer is low. During a higher altitude of the Floridan potentiometric surface, Hogeye Sink may discharge water; this water, along with the normal runoff, goes into Lake Okahumpka. Average lake fluctuation is 1.5 to 2.0 feet per year. Lake Deaton supports a large population of blue-green algae and Lake Okahumpka is choked with aquatic plants. The water quality of the two lakes differ, with Lake Deaton having a sodium chloride water and Lake Okahumpka having a calcium bicarbonate water. Analysis of water and bottom material samples showed that only cadmium and mercury exceeded the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation 's criteria for Class III waters; however, the amounts detected were at or slightly above the limits of the analytical method. (USGS)

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Hydrology of the Lake Deaton and Lake Okahumpka area, Northeast Sumter County, Florida
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 80-733
DOI 10.3133/ofr80733
Edition -
Year Published 1980
Language ENGLISH
Description 1 map :col. ;31 x 36 cm. on sheet 71 x 97 cm.
Scale 24000
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