Stratified-drift aquifers underlie about 14 percent of the land surface in New Hampshire and are an important source of ground water for commercial, industrial, domestic, and public-water supplies in the State. This report introduces terms and concepts relevant to ground-water resources, summarizes some of the important information derived from a statewide stratified-drift-aquifer investigation, and provides examples of how the findings are used . The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of the stratified-drift aquifer assessment program, thus making summary information accessible to a broad audience, including legislators, State and local officials, and the public.
Different audiences will use the report in different ways . To accommodate the varied audiences, some data are summarized statewide, some are presented by major river basin, and some are provided by town. During data collection, care was taken to use consistent methods for each of the 13 study areas (fig. 1) so that results would be comparable throughout the State . If more specific or detailed information about a particular area of interest is needed, the reader is directed to one or more of the technical reports listed in the Selected References section of this report.