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Publications on Principal Aquifer Assessments

Multiple Principal Aquifers

Anning, D.W., Thiros, S.A., Bexfield, L.M., McKinney, T.S., and Green, J.M., 2009, Southwest principal aquifers regional ground-water quality assessment: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2009-3015, 4 p.

DeSimone, L.A., 2009, Quality of water from domestic wells in principal aquifers of the United States, 1991–2004: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2008–5227, 139 p.

DeSimone, L.A., Hamilton, P.A., Gilliom, R.J., 2009, Quality of water from domestic wells in principal aquifers of the United States, 1991–2004—Overview of major findings: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1332, 48 p.

Embrey, S.S., and Runkle, D.L., 2006, Microbial quality of the Nation's ground-water resources, 1993-2004: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2006-5290, 34 p.

Lapham, Wayne W.; Hamilton, Pixie A.; Myers, Donna N., 2005, National Water-Quality Assessment Program - cycle II regional assessments of aquifers: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2005-3013, 4 p.

Lindsey, B.D., Berndt, M.P., Katz, B.G., Ardis, A.F., and Skach, K.A., 2009, Factors affecting water quality in selected carbonate aquifers in the United States, 1993–2005: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2008-5240, 117 p.

Maupin, M.A., and Arnold, T.L., 2010, Estimates for self-supplied domestic withdrawals and population served for selected principal aquifers, calendar year 2005: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1223, 10 p.

McMahon, P.B., Cowdery, T.K., Chapelle, F.H., and Jurgens, B.C., 2009, Redox conditions in selected principal aquifers of the United States: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2009-3041, 6 p.

Nolan, B.T., Healy, R.W., Taber, P.E., Perkins, Kimberlie, Hitt, K.J., and Wolock, D.M., 2007, Factors influencing ground-water recharge in the eastern United States: Journal of Hydrology, v. 322, p. 187-205.

Sargent, P., Maupin, M.A., and Hinkle, S.R., 2008, Estimated Withdrawals from Stream-Valley Aquifers and Refined Estimated Withdrawals from Selected Aquifers in the United States, 2000: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2008-5003, 71 p.

Szabo, Zoltan, Fischer, J.M., and Hancock, T.C., 2012, Principal aquifers can contribute radium to sources of drinking water under certain geochemical conditions: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2010–3113, 6 p.

 

Basin and Range, Rio Grande, Coastal Basins, and Central Valley Aquifer Systems

Anning, D. W., Bauch, N. J., Gerner, S. J., Flynn, M. E., Hamlin, S. N., Moore, S. J., Schaefer, D. H., Anderholm, S. K., Spangler, L. E., 2007, Dissolved Solids in Basin-Fill Aquifers and Streams in the Southwestern United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2006-5315, 168 p.

Anning, D.W., Paul, A.P., McKinney, T.S., Huntington, J.M., Bexfield, L.M., and Thiros, S.A., 2012, Predicted nitrate and arsenic concentrations in basin-fill aquifers of the southwestern United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2012–5065, 78 p.

Anning, D.W., Thiros, S.A., Bexfield, L.M., McKinney, T.S., and Green, J.M., 2009, Southwest principal aquifers regional ground-water quality assessment: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2009-3015, 4 p.

Beisner, K.R., Anning, D.W., Paul, A.P., McKinney, T.S., Huntington, J.M., Bexfield, L.M., and Thiros, S.A., 2012, Maps of estimated nitrate and arsenic concentrations in basin-fill aquifers of the southwestern United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3234, pamphlet 8 p., 2 sheets.

Bexfield, L.M., Thiros, S.A., Anning, D.W., Huntington, J.M., and McKinney, T.S., 2011, Effects of natural and human factors on groundwater quality of basin-fill aquifers in the Southwestern United States—Conceptual models for selected contaminants: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2011-5020, 90 p.

McKinney, T.S., and Anning, D.W., 2009, Geospatial data to support analysis of water-quality conditions in basin-fill aquifers in the southwestern United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2008-5239, 16 p.

Paul, A.P., Seiler, R.L., Rowe, T.G., and Rosen, M.R., 2007, Effects of Agriculture and Urbanization on Quality of Shallow Ground Water in the Arid to Semiarid Western United States, 1993-2004: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2007-5179, 57 p.

Schaefer, Donald H.; Thiros, Susan A.; Rosen, Michael R., 2005, Ground-Water Quality in the Carbonate-Rock Aquifer of the Great Basin, Nevada and Utah, 2003: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2005-5232, 41 p.

Thiros, Susan A., 2003, Hydrogeology of shallow basin-fill deposits in areas of Salt Lake Valley, Salt Lake County, Utah: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 2003-4029, 24 p.

Thiros, S.A., Bexfield, L.M., Anning, D.W., and Huntington, J.M., eds., 2010, Conceptual understanding and groundwater quality of selected basin-fill aquifers in the Southwestern United States: U.S. Geological Professional Paper 1781, 288 p. Additional information about this study is available at http://water.usgs.gov/nawqa/studies/praq/swpa/

Thiros, S.A., and Spangler, L.E., 2010, Decadal-scale changes in dissolved-solids concentrations in groundwater used for public supply, Salt Lake Valley, Utah: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2010-3073, 6 p.

Biscayne aquifer

Bradner, Anne; McPherson, Benjamin F.; Miller, Ronald L.; Kish, George; Bernard, Bruce, 2005, Quality of ground water in the Biscayne Aquifer in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties, Florida, 1996-1998, with emphasis on contaminants: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2004-1438, 25 p.

Columbia Plateau basaltic-rock aquifers, Snake River Plain basaltic-rock aquifers, and Hawaiian volcanic-rock aquifers

Frans, L.M., Rupert, M.G., Hunt, C.D., Jr., and Skinner, K.D., 2012, Groundwater quality in the Columbia Plateau, Snake River Plain, and Oahu basaltic-rock and basin-fill aquifers in the Northwestern United States and Hawaii, 1992–2010: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2012–5123, 84 p.

Skinner, K.D., and Rupert, M.G., 2012, Numerical model simulations of nitrate concentrations in groundwater using various nitrogen input scenarios, mid-Snake region, south-central Idaho: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2012–5237, 30 p.

Edwards-Trinity Aquifer System

Musgrove, MaryLynn, Fahlquist, Lynne, Houston, N.A., Lindgren, R.J., and Ging, P.B., 2009, Geochemical evolution processes and water-quality observations based on results of the National Water-Quality Assessment Program in the San Antonio segment of the Edwards aquifer, 1996–2006: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010–5129, 93 p. (Appendixes available online)

Floridan aquifer system

Berndt, M.P. and Crandall, C.A., 2009, Factors affecting water quality in domestic wells in the Upper Floridan aquifer, Southeastern United States, 1998-2005: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2009-5147, 39 p.

Berndt, M.P., Katz, B.G., Lindsey, B.D., Ardis, A.F., and Skach, K. A., 2005, Comparison of water chemistry In spring and well samples from selected carbonate aquifers in the United States, in U.S. Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Proceedings, Rapid City, South Dakota, September 12-15, 2005, U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2005-5160, p. 74-81.

Crandall, C.A., Katz, B.G., and Berndt, M.P., 2013, Estimating nitrate concentrations in groundwater at selected wells and springs in the surficial aquifer system and Upper Floridan aquifer, Dougherty Plain and Marianna Lowlands, Georgia, Florida, and Alabama, 2002–50: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2013–5150, 65 p., http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2013/5150/

Crandall, C.A., Kauffman, L.J., Katz, B.G., Metz, P.A., McBride, W.S., and Berndt, M.P., 2009, Simulations of groundwater flow and particle tracking analysis in the area contributing recharge to a public-supply well near Tampa, Florida, 2002-05: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2008-5231, 53 p.

Jagucki, M.L., Katz, B.G., Crandall, C.A. and Eberts, S.M., 2009, Assessing the Vulnerability of Public-Supply Wells to Contamination: Floridan Aquifer System near Tampa, Florida. U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2009-3062, 6 p.

Katz, B.G., Crandall, C.A., Metz, P.A., McBride, S., and Berndt, M.P., 2007, Chemical characteristics, water sources and pathways, and age distribution of ground water in the contributing recharge area of a Public-Supply Well near Tampa, Florida, 2002-05: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2007-5139, 83 p.

Marella, R.L., and Berndt, M.P., 2005, Water withdrawals and trends from the Floridan aquifer system in the southeastern United States, 1950-2000: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1278, 20 p.

Metz, P.A., Delzer, G.C., Berndt, M.P., Crandall, C.A., and Toccalino, P.L., 2006, Anthropogenic organic compounds in ground water and finished water of community water systems in the northern Tampa Bay area, Florida, 2002–04: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2006–5267, 48 p.

Glacial aquifer system

Arnold, T.L., Warner, K.L., Groschen, G.E., Caldwell, J.P., and Kalkhoff, S.J., 2008, Hydrochemical regions of the glacial aquifer system, northern United States, and their environmental and water-quality characteristics: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2008-5015, 83 p. with appendixes.

Ayotte, J.D., Flanagan, S.M., and Morrow, W.S., 2007, Occurrence of Uranium and 222Radon in Glacial and Bedrock Aquifers in the Northern United States, 1993–2003: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2007–5037, 84 p.

Feinstein, D.T., and Thomas, M.A., 2009, Hypothetical modeling of redox conditions for a complex ground-water flow field in a glacial setting: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2008–5066, 27 p.

Flanagan, S.M. , Ayotte, J.D., and Robinson, G.R., Jr., 2012, Quality of water from crystalline rock aquifers in New England, New Jersey, and New York, 1995-2007: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2011–5220, 104 p.

Groschen, G.E., Arnold, T.L., Morrow, W.S., and Warner, K.L., 2008, Occurrence and distribution of iron, manganese, and selected trace elements in ground water in the glacial aquifer system of the Northern United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2009–5006, 89 p.

Mullaney, J.R., Lorenz, D.L., Arntson, A.D., 2009, Chloride in groundwater and surface water in areas underlain by the glacial aquifer system, northern United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2009–5086, 41 p.

Thomas, Mary Ann, 2003, Arsenic in midwestern glacial deposits--occurrence and relation to selected hydrogeologic and geochemical factors: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 2003-4228, 36 p.

Thomas, M.A., 2007, The Association of Arsenic With Redox Conditions, Depth, and Ground-Water Age in the Glacial Aquifer System of the Northern United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2007-5036, 35 p.

Warner, K.L., and Arnold, T.L., 2010, Relations that affect the probability and prediction of nitrate concentration in private wells in the glacial aquifer system in the United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010-5100, 55 p. plus appendixes

Warner, K.L., and Arnold,T.L., 2005, Framework for regional synthesis of water-quality data for the glacial aquifer system in the United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2005-5223, 6 p.

High Plains Aquifer

Gurdak, J.J., 2008, Ground-water vulnerability: Nonpoint-source contamination, climate variability, and the High Plains aquifer: Saarbrucken, Germany, VDM Verlag Publishing, ISBN: 978-3-639-09427-5, 223 p.

Gurdak, J.J., Hanson, R.T., McMahon, P.B., Bruce, B.W., McCray, J.E., Thyne, G.D., and R.C. Reedy, 2007, Climate variability controls on unsaturated water and chemical movement, High Plains aquifer, USA: Vadose Zone Journal, doi: 10.2136/vzj/2006.0087. Abstract

Gurdak, J.J., McCray, J.E., Thyne, G.D., and Qi, S.L., 2007, Latin hypercube approach to estimate uncertainty in ground water vulnerability: Ground Water, v. 45, no. 3, p. 348–361, doi: 10.1111/j.1745-6584.2006.00298.x. Abstract

Gurdak, J.J., McMahon, P.B., Dennehy, K.F., and Qi, S.L., 2009, Water quality in the High Plains aquifer, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming, 1999–2004: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1337, 63 p.

Gurdak, J.J., and Qi, S.L., 2006, Vulnerability of Recently Recharged Ground Water in the High Plains Aquifer to Nitrate Contamination: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2006-5050, 39 p.

Gurdak, J.J., Walvoord, M.A., and McMahon, P.B., 2008, Susceptibility to enhanced chemical migration from depression-focused preferential flow, High Plains aquifer: Vadose Zone Journal, v. 7, no. 4, p. 1172–1184, doi: 10.2136/vzj2007.0145.

McMahon, P.B., and Böhlke, 2006, Regional patterns in the isotopic composition of natural and anthropogenic nitrate in ground water, High Plains, USA: Environmental Science & Technology, v. 40, no. 9, pp 2965 - 2970.

McMahon, P.B., J.K. Böhlke, and C.P. Carney, 2007, Vertical gradients in water chemistry and age in the northern High Plains aquifer, Nebraska, 2003: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2006-5294, 35 p.

McMahon, P.B., Böhlke, J.K., and Christenson, S.C., 2004, Geochemistry, radiocarbon ages, and paleorecharge conditions along a transect in the central High Plains aquifer, southwestern Kansas, USA: Applied Geochemistry, v. 19, p. 1655–1686.

McMahon, P.B., Böhlke, J.K., Kauffman, L.J., Kipp, K.L., Landon, M.K., Crandall, C.A., Burow, K.R., and Brown, C.J., 2008, Source and transport controls on the movement of nitrate to public supply wells in selected principal aquifers of the United States: Water Resources Research, v. 44, W04401, doi:10.1029/2007WR006252.

McMahon, P.B., Böhlke, J.K., and Lehman, T.M., 2004, Vertical gradients in water chemistry and age in the southern High Plains aquifer, Texas, 2002: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2004–5053, 53 p.

McMahon, P.B., Burow, K.R., Kauffman, L.J., Eberts, S.M., Böhlke, J.K., and Gurdak, J.J., 2008, Simulated response of water quality in public supply wells to land use change: Water Resources Research, v. 44, W00A06, doi:10.1029/2007WR006731.

McMahon, P.B., Dennehy, K.F., Bruce, B.W., Böhlke, J.K., Michel, R.L., Gurdak, J.J., and Hurlbut, D.A., 2006, Storage and transit time of chemicals in thick unsaturated zones under rangeland and irrigated cropland, High Plains, USA: Water Resources Research, v. 42, W03413, doi:10.1029/2005WR004417.

McMahon, Peter B., Dennehy, Kevin F., Bruce, Breton W., Gurdak, Jason J., and Qi, Sharon L., 2007, Water-quality assessment of the High Plains Aquifer, 1999–2004: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1749, 136 p.

McMahon, P.B., Dennehy, K.F., Michel, R.L., Sophocleous, M.A., Ellett, K.M., and Hurlbut, D., 2003, Water movement through thick unsaturated zones overlying the central High Plains aquifer, southwestern Kansas, 2000-2001: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 2003–4171, 30 p.

Qi, S.L., Konduris, A., Litke, D.W., and Dupree, J., 2002, Classification of irrigated land using satellite imagery, the High Plains aquifer, nominal data 1992: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 2002–4236, 31 p.

Stanton, J.S. and Fahlquist, L., 2006, Ground-water quality beneath irrigated cropland of the Northern and Southern High Plains aquifer, Nebraska and Texas, 2003-04: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2006-5196, 94 p.

Stanton, J.S. and Qi, S.L., 2007, Ground-Water quality of the Northern High Plains aquifer, 1997, 2002–04: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2006–5138, 60 p.

Mississippi Embayment - Texas Coastal Uplands aquifer system

Welch, H.L., Kingsbury, J.A., Tollett, R.W., and Seanor, R.C., 2009, Quality of shallow groundwater and drinking water in the Mississippi embayment-Texas coastal uplands aquifer system and the Mississippi River Valley alluvial aquifer, south-central United States, 1994–2004: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2009–5091, 51 p.

New England Crystalline-rock aquifers

Harte, P.T., Robinson, G.R., Jr., Ayotte, J.D., and Flanagan, S.F., 2008, Framework for evaluating water quality of the New England crystalline rock aquifers: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008–1282, 47 p. (online-only)

Northern Atlantic Coastal Plain

Ator, Scott W., 2008, Natural and Human Influences on Water Quality in a Shallow Regional Unconsolidated Aquifer, Northern Atlantic Coastal Plain: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2008-5190, 32 p.

Ator, Scott W. and Judith M. Denver, 2012. Estimating Contributions of Nitrate and Herbicides from Groundwater to Headwater Streams, Northern Atlantic Coastal Plain, United States. Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) 1-17. DOI: 10.1111/j.1752-1688.2012.00672.x

Ator, S.W., Denver, J.M., Krantz, D.E., Newell, W.L., and Martucci, S.K., 2005, A surficial hydrogeologic framework for the Mid-Atlantic coastal plain: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1680, 44 p., and 4 maps.

Denver, J.M., Tesoriero, A.J., and Barbaro, J.R., 2009, Trends and Transformation of Nutrients and Pesticides in a Coastal Plain Aquifer System, United States doi: 10.2134/jeq2009.0107 Vol. 39 No. 1, p. 154-167

Piedmont and Blue Ridge, and Valley and Ridge aquifers

Denver, J.M., Cravotta, C.A., III, Ator, S.W., and Lindsey, B.D., 2010, Contributions of phosphorus from groundwater to streams in the Piedmont, Blue Ridge, and Valley and Ridge Physiographic Provinces, Eastern United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010–5176, 38 p.

Johnson, G.C., Zimmerman, T.M., Lindsey, B.D., and Gross, E.L., 2011, Factors affecting groundwater quality in the Valley and Ridge aquifers, eastern United States, 1993-2002: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2011–5115, 70 p.

Lindsey, B.D., Falls, W.F., Ferrari, M.J., Zimmerman, T.M., Harned, D.A., Sadorf, E.M., and Chapman, M.J., 2006, Factors Affecting Occurrence and Distribution of Selected Contaminants in Ground Water From Selected Areas in the Piedmont Aquifer System, Eastern United States, 1993-2003: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2006-5104, 72 p.

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