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Publications and Abstracts about the
Northern Atlantic Coastal Plain Aquifer System

(all principal aquifer publications)


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., Blomquist, Joel D., Brakebill, John W., Denis, Janet M., Ferrari, Matthew J., Miller, Cherie V., Zappia, Humbert, 1998, Water quality in the Potomac River basin, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia, 1992-96: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1166, 38 p.

Ator, Scott W., Denver, Judith M., Brayton, Michael J., 2004, Hydrologic and geochemical controls on pesticide and nutrient transport to two streams on the Delmarva Peninsula: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2004-5051, 44 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.

Ayers, Mark A., Kennen, Jonathan G., Stackelberg, Paul E., 2000, Water quality in the Long Island-New Jersey coastal drainages, New York and New Jersey, 1996-98: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1201, 40 p.

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

Denver, Judith M., Ator, Scott W., Debrewer, Linda M., Ferrari, Matthew J., Barbaro, Jeffrey R., Hancock, Tracy C., Brayton, Michael J., Nardi, Mark R., 2004, Water Quality in the Delmarva Peninsula, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia, 1999-2001: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1228, 40 p.

Ferrari, Matthew J., 2001, Occurrence and distribution of selected contaminants in public drinking-water supplies in the surficial aquifer in Delaware: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2001-327, 62 p.

Fischer, Jeffrey M., Riva-Murray, Karen, Hickman, R. Edward, Chichester, Douglas C., Brightbill, Robin A., Romanok, Kristin M., Bilger, Michael D., 2004, Water Quality in the Delaware River Basin, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Delaware, 1998-2001: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1227, 48 p.

Hancock, Tracy Connell, Brayton, Michael J., 2006, Environmental Setting of the Morgan Creek Basin, Maryland, 2002-04: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2006-1151, 28 p.

Lloyd, O. B., Jr., Barnes, C. R., Woodside, M. D., 1991, National water-quality assessment program : the Albemarle- Pamlico drainage: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 91-156, 2p.

Spruill, Timothy B., Eimers, Jo Leslie, Morey, A. Elizabeth, 1997, Nitrate-nitrogen concentrations in shallow ground water of the Coastal Plain of the Albemarle-Pamlico Drainage Study Unit, North Carolina and Virginia: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 241-96, 4p.

Spruill, Timothy B., Harned, Douglas A., Ruhl, Peter M., Eimers, Jo Leslie, McMahon, Gerard, Smith, Kelly E., Galeone, David R., Woodside, Michael D., 1998, Water quality in the Albemarle-Pamlico drainage basin, North Carolina and Virginia, 1992-95: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1157, 36 p.

Terracciano, S.A. and O'Brien, A.K. , 1997, Occurrence of volatile organic compounds in streams on Long Island, New York, and New Jersey: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 0063-97, 4 p.


Eimers, J.L., and Spruill, T.B., 1997, Relating minimum soil infiltration rate to nitrate-nitrogen concentrations in shallow ground water in the Coastal Plain of the Albemarle-Pamlico Drainage Basin, North Carolina and Virginia: Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine Study Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan Implementation Forum, June 5-6.

Spruill, T.B., 2004, Effectiveness of riparian buffers in controlling ground-water discharge of nitrate to streams in selected hydrogeologic settings of the North Carolina Coastal Plain: Water Science and Technology, vol. 49, no. 3, pp 63-70.

Spruill, T.B., 2000, Statistical evaluation of riparian buffers on nitrate and ground water quality: Journal of Environmental Quality, vol. 29, no. 5, Sept.-Oct. 2000, pp. 1523-1538.

Spruill, T.B., 1994, Preliminary results from ground-water studies in an agricultural watershed of the Coastal Plain of North Carolina: National Symposium on Water Quality, Gary Pederson ed., American Water Resource Association Technical Publications Series 94-4, p. 201.

Spruill T.B., Woodside, M.D., Harned, D.A., McMahon, Gerard, and Eimers J.L., 1996, Results of the Albemarle-Pamlico Drainage NAWQA—Nutrients and pesticides in surface water and ground water—Solutions-A Technical Conference on Water Quality, Proceedings: Raleigh, N.C., North Carolina State University, March 19-21, 1996, pp. 24-30.

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