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U.S. Geological Survey ground-water studies in Iowa

Open-File Report 88-146

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Abstract

Ground water is the primary source for most water uses in Iowa. Ground-water resources supply 81 percent of the water withdrawn in Iowa for non-power-generating uses. Ground water from five principal aquifer systems is the source of drinking water for approximately 82 percent of the State's population. These aquifers range from land surface to several thousand feet below land surface. Land use in Iowa is predominately agricultural; about 93 percent of the land is farmed. The major issues related to ground water in Iowa are:

Nonpoint pollution from agricultural chemicals,

Contamination by hazardous wastes, and

Limitations on use owing to quantity or the natural quality.

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Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
U.S. Geological Survey ground-water studies in Iowa
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
88-146
Year Published:
1988
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Iowa Water Science Center
Description:
2 p.: map; 28 cm.
Country:
United States
State:
Iowa
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
N