Water quality of coal deposits and abandoned mines, Saginaw County, Michigan

Open-File Report 82-511



Surface water arid;ground water from an area underlain by coal- bearing rocks in the vicinity of St. Charles Michigan, were analyzed to determine the quality characteristics of these water resources and to assess the relation between the two. Data for 15 constituents, including boron, phenol, lithium, strontium and manganese, were in such high concentrations that they could be used to differentiate between water from wells drilled into coal-bearing beds and water from streams not directly associated with coal deposits.

Ground water from abandoned mines and undisturbed coal-bearing beds is highly mineralized, and contains higher concentrations of trace metals than surface water. Water from the undistrubed coal- bearing beds and abandoned mines is not suitable for domestic, public supply, or agricultural uses. Large amounts of this highly mineralized ground water reaching local streams would have a deleterious effect on surface-water quality.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Water quality of coal deposits and abandoned mines, Saginaw County, Michigan
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 82-511
DOI 10.3133/ofr82511
Year Published 1982
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Lansing, MI
Contributing office(s) Michigan Water Science Center
Description v, 35 p
Country United States
State Michigan
County Saginaw County
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