Data Collection in the Boone and Roubidoux aquifers, northeastern Okla.
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The Boone and Roubidoux aquifers are located in northeastern Oklahoma and underlie about 3,100 square miles and 4,600 square miles, respectively, in Adair, Cherokee, Craig, Delaware, Haskell, Le Flore, Mayes, McIntosh, Muskogee, Nowata, Ottawa, Rogers, Sequoyah, and Wagoner counties. The Boone aquifer is considered a minor aquifer by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (having an average well yield of less than 50 gallons per minute) and supplies groundwater for domestic purposes, with some agricultural, commercial, and public water uses. The Roubidoux aquifer is considered a major aquifer by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (having an average well yield of at least 50 gallons per minute) and supplies groundwater for public water uses, commerce, industry, and rural water districts. The 1973 Oklahoma water law requires the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to conduct hydrologic investigations of the State’s aquifers (termed “groundwater basins”), and to determine amounts of water that may be withdrawn by permitted water users. At the present time (2018), the maximum annual yield (MAY) has not been determined for the Boone and Roubidoux aquifers. The objective of the study is to conduct an investigation of the hydrogeology of the Boone and Roubidoux aquifers that will provide information to the Oklahoma Water Resources Board that will enable that agency to determine maximum annual yield of the aquifers based on different proposed management plans. For more information on the project, please see: https://www.usgs.gov/centers/ok-water/science/boone-and-roubidoux-aquifers-study?