Water resources of Okaloosa County and adjacent areas, Florida

Water-Resources Investigations Report 77-9
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Okaloosa County, in the northwest Florida panhandle, uses the Floridan aquifer for water supply, although it also has abundant surface water and ground water in the surficial sand-and-gravel aquifer. Water levels have declined locally more than 90 feet in the upper limestone of the Floridan aquifer. The Floridan aquifer is overlain by the Pensacola clay confining bed, and the Bucatunna Clay subdivides it into two limestone units. Water in the upper limestone is generally of good quality. The lower limestone probably contains saline water. Average daily stream discharge is about 2,500 million gallons. Stream discharge does not diminish excessively during droughts, owing to high base runoff. Water levels in the Floridan aquifer will decline as long as pumping increases in the present areas of withdrawal. The decline could be alleviated by redistribution of pumping, artificial recharge, and the use of the sand-and-gravel aquifer or streams. (Woodard-USGS)

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Water resources of Okaloosa County and adjacent areas, Florida
Series title Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number 77-9
DOI 10.3133/wri779
Year Published 1977
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Description vi, 83 p.
Country United States
State Florida
County Okaloosa County