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Basin and Range, Rio Grande, Coastal Basins, and Central Valley Aquifer Systems in the Southwestern United States

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PUBLICATIONS

Anderholm, Scott K., 2002, Water-quality assessment of the Rio Grande Valley, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas--Surface-water quality, shallow ground-water quality, and factors affecting water quality in the Rincon Valley, south-central New Mexico, 1994-95: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 2002-4188, 117 p.

Anderholm, Scott K., 1997, Water-quality assessment of the Rio Grande Valley, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas : shallow ground-water quality and land use in the Albuquerque area, central New Mexico, 1993: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 97-4067, 73 p.

Anderholm, S. K., 1996, Water-quality assessment of the Rio Grande Valley, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas; shallow ground-water quality of a land-use area in the San Luis Valley, south-central Colorado, 1993: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 96-4144, 94 p.

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.

Baskin, Robert L.; Waddell, K. M.; Thiros, S. A.; Giddings, E. M.; Hadley, H. K.; Stephens, D. W.; Gerner, S. J., 2002, Water-quality assessment of the Great Salt Lake basins, Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming; environmental setting and study design: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 2002-4115, 47 p.

Belitz, Kenneth; Hamlin, Scott N.; Burton, Carmen A.; Kent, Robert; Fay, Ronald G.; Johnson, Tyler, 2004, Water Quality in the Santa Ana Basin, California, 1999-2001: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1238, 37 p.

Bevans, H.E., Lico, M.S., and Lawrence, S.J., 1998, Water Quality in the Las Vegas Valley Area and the Carson and Truckee River Basins, Nevada and California, 1992-96: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1170, 47 p.

Bexfield, L. M.; Anderholm, S. K., 1997, Water-quality assessment of the Rio Grande Valley, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas; ground-water quality in the Rio Grande flood plain, Cochiti Lake, New Mexico, to El Paso, Texas, 1995: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 96-4249, 93 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.

Burow, Karen R.; Panshin, Sandra Y.; Dubrovsky, Neil H.; Vanbrocklin, David; Fogg, Graham E., 1999, Evaluation of processes affecting 1,2-dibromo-3-chloropropane (DBCP) concentrations in ground water in the eastern San Joaquin Valley, California : analysis of chemical data and ground-water flow and transport simulations: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 99-4059, 57 p.

Burow, Karen R.; Shelton, Jennifer L.; Dubrovsky, Neil M., 1998, Occurrence of nitrate and pesticides in ground water beneath three agricultural land-use settings in the eastern San Joaquin Valley, California, 1993-1995: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 97-4284, 51 p.

Burow, Karen R.; Stork, Sylvia V.; Dubrovsky, N. M., 1998, Nitrate and pesticides in ground water in the eastern San Joaquin Valley, California : occurrence and trends: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 98-4040, 32 p.

Coes, Alissa L.; Gellenbeck, Dorinda J.; Towne, Doug, 1997, Collection and analysis of ground-water samples in the Sierra Vista Basin, Arizona, 1996: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 97-107, 1 sheet.

Coes, Alissa L.; Gellenbeck, Dorinda J.; Towne, Douglas Clark, 1999, Ground-water quality in the Sierra Vista subbasin, Arizona, 1996-97:U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 99-4056, 50 p.

Coes, Alissa L.; Gellenbeck, Dorinda J.; Towne, Douglas C.; Freark, Maureen C., 2000, Ground-water quality in the upper Santa Cruz basin, Arizona, 1998: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 2000-4117, 55 p.

Cordy, Gail E.; Gellenbeck, Dorinda J.; Gebler, Joseph B.; Anning, David W.; Coes, Alissa L.; Edmonds, Robert J.; Rees, Julie A. H.; Sanger, H. W., 2000, Water quality in the central Arizona basins, Arizona, 1995-98: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1213, 38 p.

Cordy, Gail E.; Rees, Julie A.; Edmonds, Robert J.; Gebler, Joseph B.; Wirt, Laurie; Gellenbeck, Dorinda J.; Anning, David W., 1998, Water-quality assessment of the Central Arizona Basins, Arizona and northern Mexico; environmental setting and overview of water quality: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 98-4097, 72 p.

Covay, K. J.; Banks, J. M.; Bevans, H. E.; Watkins, S. A., 1996, Environmental and hydrologic settings of the Las Vegas Valley Area and the Carson and Truckee River basins, Nevada and California: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 96-4087, 72 p.

Covay, Kenneth J.; Bevans, Hugh E., 1997, Data on ground-water quality, Reno-Sparks area, Nevada, 1994 and 1995: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 97-222, 1 map.

Domagalski, J.L., Knifong, D.L., Dileanis, P.D., Brown, L.R., May, J.T., Connor, Valerie, and Alpers, C.N., 2000, Water Quality in the Sacramento River Basin, California, 1994–98: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1215, 36 p.

Domagalski, Joseph L.; Knifong, Donna L.; MacCoy, Dorene E.; Dileanis, Peter D.; Dawson, Barbara J.; Majewski, Michael S., 1998, Water quality assessment of the Sacramento River Basin, California; environmental setting and study design: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 97-4254, 31 p.

Dubrovsky, Neil M.; Kratzer, Charles R.; Brown, Larry R.; Gronberg, JoAnn M.; Burow, Karen R., 1998, Water Quality in the San Joaquin-Tulare Basins, California, 1992-95: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1159, 38 p.

Edmonds, Robert J.; Gellenbeck, Dorinda J., 2002, Ground-water quality in the West Salt River valley, Arizona, 1996-98; relations to hydrogeology, water use, and land use: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 2001-4126, 60 p.

Gellenbeck, Dorinda J.; Anning, David W., 2002, Occurrence and distribution of pesticides and volatile organic compounds in ground water and surface water in central Arizona basins, 1996-98, and their relation to land use: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 2001-4144, 107 p.

Gellenbeck, Dorinda J.; Coes, Alissa L., 1999, Ground-water quality in alluvial basins that have minimal urban development, south-central Arizona: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 99-4005, 27 p.

Gronberg, JoAnn A.; Dubrovsky, Neil M.; Kratzer, Charles R.; Domagalski, Joseph L.; Brown, Larry R.; Burow, Karen R., 1998, Environmental setting of the San Joaquin-Tulare basins, California: U.S. Geological Survey, Water-Resources Investigations Report 97-4205, 45 p.

Gronberg, Jo Ann M.; Kratzer, Charles R.; Burow, Karen R.; Domagalski, Joseph L.; Phillips, Steven P., 2004, Water-Quality Assessment of the San Joaquin-Tulare Basins--Entering a New Decade: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet, 2004-3012

Hamlin, Scott N.; Belitz, Kenneth; Johnson, Tyler, 2005, Occurrence and distribution of volatile organic compounds and pesticides in ground water in relation to hydrogeologic characteristics and land use in the Santa Ana basin, southern California: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2005-5032, 40 p.

Hamlin, Scott N.; Belitz, Kenneth; Kraja, Sarah; Dawson, Barbara, 2002, Ground-water quality in the Santa Ana Watershed, California : overview and data summary: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 02-4243, 137 p.

Levings, Gary W.; Healy, Denis F.; Richey, Steven F.; Carter, Lisa F., 1998, Water quality in the Rio Grande Valley, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas, 1992-1995: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1162, 39 p.

Lico, M. S., 1998, Quality of ground water beneath urban and agricultural lands in Las Vegas Valley and the Carson and Truckee River basins, Nevada and California: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 97-4259, 24 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.

Milby Dawson, Barbara J., 2001, Shallow Ground-Water Quality Beneath Rice Areas in the Sacramento Valley, California, 1997: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigation Report 01-4000, 33 p.

Milby Dawson, Barbara J., 2001, Ground-water quality in the southeastern Sacramento Valley aquifer, California, 1996: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigation Report 01-4125, 24 p.

Milby Dawson, Barbara J.; Belitz, Kenneth; Land, Michael; Danskin, Wesley R., 2003, Stable isotopes and volatile organic compounds along seven ground-water flow paths in divergent and convergent flow systems, southern California, 2000: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigation Report 2003-4059, 79 p.

Neal, E. G.; Schuster, P. F., 1996, Data on quality of shallow ground water, Las Vegas urban area, Nevada, 1993: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 96-552, 1 oversized sheet.

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.

Plummer, L. Niel; Bexfield, Laura M.; Anderholm, Scott K.; Sanford, Ward E.; Busenberg, Eurybiades, 2004, Geochemical characterization of ground-water flow in the Santa Fe Group aquifer system, Middle Rio Grande Basin, New Mexico: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigation Report 2003-4131, 395 p.

Rosen, M.R., 2003, Trends in Nitrate and Dissolved-Solids Concentrations in Ground Water, Carson Valley, Douglas County, Nevada, 1985-2001: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 2003-4152, 6 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.

Shelton, J.L., 2005, Assessment of Shallow Ground-Water Quality in Recently Urbanized Areas of Sacramento, California, 1998: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2005-5148, 51 p.

Shelton, J. L.; Burow, K. R.; Belitz, Kenneth; Dubrovsky, N. M.; Land, Michael; Gronberg, JoAnn, 2001, Low-level volatile organic compounds in active public supply wells as ground-water tracers in the Los Angeles physiographic basin, California, 2000: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 2001-4188, 35 p.

Stogner, Robert W., Sr., 2001, Nitrate concentrations, 1936-99, and pesticide concentrations, 1990-99, in the unconfined aquifer in the San Luis Valley, Colorado: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 2001-4131, 12 p.

Thiros, Susan A., 2000, Analysis of nitrate and volatile organic compound data for ground water in the Great Salt Lake Basins, Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming, 1980-98, National Water-Quality Assessment Program: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 2000-4043, 20 p.

Thiros, Susan A., 2003, Quality and sources of shallow ground water in areas of recent residential development in Salt Lake Valley, Salt Lake County, Utah: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 2003-4028, 74 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, Susan A.; Manning, Andrew H., 2003, Quality and sources of ground water used for public supply in Salt Lake Valley, Salt Lake County, Utah, 2001: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 2003-4325, 107 p.

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.

Waddell, Kidd M.; Gerner, Steven J.; Thiros, Susan A.; Giddings, Elise M.; Baskin, Robert L.; Cederberg, Jay R.; Albano, Christine M., 2004, Water Quality in the Great Salt Lake Basins, Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming, 1998-2001: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1236, 46 p.

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