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Water levels and groundwater and surface-water exchanges in lakes of the northeast Twin Cities Metropolitan Area, Minnesota, 2002 through 2015

Scientific Investigations Report 2016-5139

Prepared in cooperation with the Metropolitan Council and Minnesota Department of Health
Edited by:
Perry M. Jones ORCID iD , Jared J. Trost ORCID iD , and Melinda L. Erickson ORCID iD
https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20165139

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Overview

This study assessed lake-water levels and regional and local groundwater and surface-water exchanges near northeast Twin Cities Metropolitan Area lakes applying three approaches: statistical analysis, field study, and groundwater-flow modeling.  Statistical analyses of lake levels were completed to assess the effect of physical setting and climate on lake-level fluctuations of selected lakes. A field study of groundwater and surface-water interactions in selected lakes was completed to (1) estimate potential percentages of surface-water contributions to well water across the northeast Twin Cities Metropolitan Area, (2) estimate general ages for waters extracted from the wells, and (3) assess groundwater inflow to lakes and lake-water outflow to aquifers downgradient from White Bear Lake.  Groundwater flow was simulated using a steady-state, groundwater-flow model to assess regional groundwater and surface-water exchanges and the effects of groundwater withdrawals, climate, and other factors on water levels of northeast Twin Cities Metropolitan Area lakes.

Suggested Citation

Jones, P.M., Trost, J.J., and Erickson, M.L., eds., 2016, Water levels and groundwater and surface-water exchanges in lakes of the northeast Twin Cities Metropolitan Area, Minnesota, 2002 through 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5139, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20165139.

ISSN: 2328-0328 (online)

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Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Water levels and groundwater and surface-water exchanges in lakes of the northeast Twin Cities Metropolitan Area, Minnesota, 2002 through 2015
Series title:
Scientific Investigations Report
Series number:
2016-5139
DOI:
10.3133/sir20165139
Year Published:
2016
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Minnesota Water Science Center
Description:
2 Chapters
Country:
United States
State:
Minnesota
Other Geospatial:
Twin Cities Metropolitan Area
Online Only (Y/N):
Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
Y