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Summary of the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Bureau of Land Management national coal-hydrology program, 1974-84

Professional Paper 1464

Prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management
Edited by:
L.J. Britton , C.L. Anderson , D.A. Goolsby , and B.P. VanHaveren

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Abstract

During the decade 1974-84, the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management cooperated on investigations to collect information and to study hydrologic processes related to development and mining of federally owned coal. In addition, the U.S. Geological Survey conducted similar investigations related to nonfederally owned coal. As a result of these nationwide investigations, a large quantity of hydrologic information and data has been collected and compiled in more than 500 reports. This report summarizes the major findings and accomplishments that have resulted from data-collection activities, hydrologic studies, and research concerned with the effects of coal mining on water resources.

This summary report includes: (1) A description of the Nation's coal and water-resource issues related to coal development, including history, objectives, and design of the coal-hydrology program; (2) a summary of the hydrologic information collected in the major coal provinces and published in more than 500 reports and journal articles; and (3) a summary and application of results obtained from topical studies undertaken throughout the program, including discussions on watershed modeling, salinity modeling, ground-water flow systems, geochemistry of mine spoils, mine drainage, sedimentation, and aquatic biology. A detailed coal-hydrology reference list concludes the report.

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Summary of the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Bureau of Land Management national coal-hydrology program, 1974-84
Series title:
Professional Paper
Series number:
1464
Year Published:
1989
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Government Printing Office
Publisher location:
Washington, D.C.
Description:
vii, 183 p.