Groundwater availability of the Denver Basin aquifer system, Colorado

Professional Paper 1770
Groundwater Resources Program
Edited by: Suzanne Paschke



The Denver Basin aquifer system is a critical water resource for growing municipal, industrial, and domestic uses along the semiarid Front Range urban corridor of Colorado. The confined bedrock aquifer system is located along the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountain Front Range where the mountains meet the Great Plains physiographic province. Continued population growth and the resulting need for additional water supplies in the Denver Basin and throughout the western United States emphasize the need to continually monitor and reassess the availability of groundwater resources. In 2004, the U.S. Geological Survey initiated large-scale regional studies to provide updated groundwater-availability assessments of important principal aquifers across the United States, including the Denver Basin. This study of the Denver Basin aquifer system evaluates the hydrologic effects of continued pumping and documents an updated groundwater flow model useful for appraisal of hydrologic conditions.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Groundwater availability of the Denver Basin aquifer system, Colorado
Series title Professional Paper
Series number 1770
DOI 10.3133/pp1770
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Colorado Water Science Center
Description xxix, 274 p.; PDF Downloads of Chapters A-C; XLS Download of Appendix C1; Data Release
First page i
Last page 274
Country United States
State Colorado
Other Geospatial Denver Basin
Projection Lambert Conformal Conic
Scale 100000
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y
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