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Vulnerability of ground water to contamination, Edwards Aquifer recharge zone, Bexar County, Texas, 1998

Water-Resources Investigations Report 2000-4149

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Abstract

The Edwards aquifer, one of the most productive carbonate-rock aquifers in the Nation, is composed of the Kainer and Person Formations of the Edwards Group plus the overlying Georgetown Formation. Most recharge to the Edwards aquifer results from the percolation of streamflow loss and the infiltration of precipitation through porous parts of the recharge zone. Residential and commercial development is increasing, particularly in Bexar County in south-central Texas, atop the densely fractured and steeply faulted recharge zone. The increasing development has increased the vulnerability of ground water to contamination by spillage or leakage of waste materials, particularly fluids associated with urban runoff and (or) septic-tank leachate. This report describes a method of assessing the vulnerability of ground water to contamination in the Edwards aquifer recharge zone. The method is based on ratings of five natural features of the area: (1) hydraulic properties of outcropping hydrogeologic units; (2) presence or absence of faults; (3) presence or absence of caves and (or) sinkholes; (4) slope of land surface; and (5) permeability of soil. The sum of the ratings for the five natural features was used to develop a map showing the recharge zone's vulnerability to ground-water contamination.

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Vulnerability of ground water to contamination, Edwards Aquifer recharge zone, Bexar County, Texas, 1998
Series title:
Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number:
2000-4149
Year Published:
2000
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Texas Water Science Center
Description:
Report: iii, 9 p.; Plate: 28.36 x 19.44 inches