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Effects of agriculture and urbanization on quality of shallow ground water in the arid to semiarid western United States, 1993-2004

Scientific Investigations Report 2007-5179

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Abstract

Within the Western United States, agricultural and rural lands are being developed into commercial and residential areas. With changes in land use and increasing population, greater demands are placed on water resources for agricultural, industrial, and domestic supplies. Many areas in the Western United States rely exclusively on ground water as their source of drinking water. Areas that use surface-water resources often need to supplement this supply with ground water.

Generally, shallow ground water is susceptible to fluctuating water quality within relatively short time scales and therefore can be used as an indicator of land-use stresses that may, in time, affect deep aquifer systems. This regional study examines data on shallow ground-water quality collected from 1993 to 2004 from 273 agricultural and 181 urban wells from 7 U.S. Geological Survey National Water-Quality Assessment study units in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, south-central Colorado, and Utah. This report determines important influences that land-use practices may have on the quality of recently recharged ground water, which may ultimately affect deep water supplies within the region.

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Effects of agriculture and urbanization on quality of shallow ground water in the arid to semiarid western United States, 1993-2004
Series title:
Scientific Investigations Report
Series number:
2007-5179
Year Published:
2007
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Nevada Water Science Center, Utah Water Science Center
Description:
Report: x, 56 p.; 4 Appendices
Public Comments:
National Water-Quality Assessment Program
Time Range Start:
1993-01-01
Time Range End:
2004-12-31
Country:
United States
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
Y